Scuderia Ferrari runs with Shell oil made from natural gas

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Scuderia Ferrari headed out onto the F1 track in Singapore a forthnight ago running on a higher performing Shell Helix Ultra motor oil containing Shell PurePlus Technology. This technology produces base oil from natural gas, instead of crude oil.

“The engine of the F14 T produces in excess of 600 horsepower, and the turbocharger, which rotates at up to 2000 revs per second, can be operating at up to 1,000?C,” said Ian Albiston, Shell trackside manager for Ferrari. “The new oil has to cope with these conditions, while also achieving the level of protection to reach the 4,000 km engine life required with only five engines per driver allowed for the season. In the high temperature, high stress environment of an F1 engine, the right motor oil can provide a crucial advantage.”

Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process, developed over 40 years of research, that converts natural gas into a crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Base oil is a key component of finished lubricants. The base oil is produced at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, a partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, and the world’s largest source of GTL products today. Through the integration of the gas value chain in Qatar and Shell’s global lubricants supply chain, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, the on-road motor oil, is being made available to motorists in countries all over the world. And now, after three years of intensive testing, a new Shell Helix Ultra race formulation is also available for use in the new Ferrari V6 engine on the F1 track.

Combining the pure base oil made from natural gas with a selection of high performing additives results in a higher quality motor oil race formulation produced by Shell for Scuderia Ferrari. It cleans and lubricates the engine, which helps to minimize frictional losses and ensure that the maximum amount of fuel energy reaches the wheels throughout the race.


The new oil helps Scuderia Ferrari get the most out of its F1 engines now and protects its performance in the future. It is also the only motor oil recommended by Ferrari for all of its road cars.

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