When the new Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro accelerates dramatically off the start line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, it will become the first car to take the iconic hill route using re-refined oil.
Today, according to data collected for Castrol, around one third of used engine oil globally is unaccounted for and only a small proportion of the oil that is recovered is re-used as lubricant *. “That means we have to keep using new oil to ensure the quality that modern cars demand,” explains NEXCEL’s sustainability director, John Ward-Zinski, “ by using NEXCEL, we can re-refine the waste oil to create high quality lubricant that is as good as new.”
Aston Martin Racing pioneered the use of re-refined oil when in 2016, an Aston Martin Vantage GT8 fitted with the NEXCEL active oil management system using oil refined back to the original specification competed in one of the world’s most demanding races, the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring. The vehicle and lubricant performed perfectly, with a podium position for AMR and driver Jamie Chadwick.
The recently-launched Phase II version of NEXCEL’s active oil management system integrates a wet sump capability alongside developments in performance, materials and packaging that take the technology closer to volume production. As well as enabling efficient recovery and re-refining of used engine oil, the NEXCEL system is designed to accelerate engine warm-up to reduce emissions on today’s shorter journeys. Future developments will allow further optimisation of oil specifications, removing some of the barriers to innovation currently faced by engine designers.
NEXCEL has commissioned an independent review of the challenges that used motor oil poses for the environment, alongside a discussion of the possible solutions. A more detailed explanation of the NEXCEL solution will be available when this research is complete next month.
“Global Used Oils and Re-refined Lubricants”, Kline 2015
Press at Goodwood
Senior specialists from Aston Martin and from NEXCEL will be available to discuss the system throughout the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Vantage AMR Pro fitted with the NEXCEL system will be based in the supercar paddock. Please call Laura Biss on 0781 373 6265.
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NEXCEL Background Information
NEXCEL is a self-contained, sealed cell that contains the correct grade of oil and specification of filter. Designed for flexible installation anywhere in the engine bay via a docking station, it is managed by a dedicated electronic control unit that communicates with the vehicle via the standard databus. An electric pump controls the flow of oil between the engine sump and the remote cell and an oil analysis capability can be integrated. By reducing the volume of oil in the engine, the NEXCEL system has been developed to allow faster warm-up, which can increase the rate of warm-up of the engine (and the cabin) and reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions during increasingly short, typical real-world journeys.
Containing the oil within a sealed cell also makes recycling of old oil a much more practical option because it eliminates contamination by other fluids during the drain and recovery operation. NEXCEL units can remain sealed up to the point of re-refining, allowing the oil to be returned to its original specification. Changing the cell takes just 90 seconds. For garages, the benefits also include the elimination of spills and greatly simplified oil recovery. NEXCEL’s closed ecosystem could help to eliminate some of the one third of drained engine oil (worldwide) that currently disappears into the environment.