Castrol launches Nexcel, a technology which could potentially revolutionalize the auto lube industry
Castrol announced the launch of Nexcel, a new revolutionary technology which the company says marks the most significant oil change innovation in automotive history. Castrol said Nexcel could reduce the time it would take to change your oil to 90 seconds.
Castrol, which is owned by UK-based international oil major BP, said that the technology also paves the way for a new generation of precision-engineered engine oils.
Further, “If Nexcel were fitted onto every car in the world today, it would save more than 200,000 road tankers of virgin oil from being produced, every year,” the company said.
According to Oliver Taylor, Nexcel chief engineer, the company has been developing this technology over a four-year period.
The Nexcel system has been tested on a range of engines from very small city cars to cutting-edge high-powered racing engines in the most extreme of conditions.
He also said that Nexcel is fuel agnostic, and can used in diesel-fueled vehicles, not only gasoline-fueled cars. Further, application can extend to commercial vehicles, he said.
The system will be fitted as standard in the new Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar. Road cars fitted with Nexcel are expected to go into production within five years.
Castrol is also in discussions with several other vehicle manufacturers.
Testing and installing Nexcel on a low-volume car like the Vulcan allowed the oil cell’s development to be accelerated, meaning it will be ready for mass market production much sooner, Castrol said.
“We believe that the Aston Martin Vulcan sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class, just as the Nexcel technology sets a whole new standard in engine lubrication. It therefore made perfect sense for us to bring these two innovations in engineering together, and showcase their capabilities,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
The company said that the Nexcel system offers manufacturers and motorists three primary benefits in performance, servicing and sustainability:
- Reduction in carbon dioxide (CO ) emissions on modern engines.
- Nexcel makes the oil change super quick and clean for workshops
- Oil cells are collected after use, avoiding wastage of used oil. This oil can then be re-refined back into high quality lubricants.