Petronas Lubricants International (PLI), the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petronas, has launched a new motor oil called Petronas Syntium with °CoolTech™.
The new product was launched globally in Kuala Lumpur on 21 March with key Petronas executives present, including Petronas President and Group CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, PLI Chairman and Executive Vice President of Downstream Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, Vice President, Lubricants Business, Petronas Group Managing Director and PLI CEO Amir Hamzah Azizan, and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Driver Nico Rosberg.
In Malaysia, Petronas Syntium with °CoolTech™ will be phased into the market at selected Petronas stations and Petronas LubeXperts automobile workshops. It will be available nationwide from May onwards.
Petronas Syntium with °CoolTech™, which is the company’s flagship passenger car motor oil (PCMO) lubricant brand, was reformulated with strong oil chains to effectively absorb and transfer excessive heat from critical engine parts. Newer engines are now operating at higher temperatures due to engine downsizing and turbocharging. While not visible on the dashboard gauge, excessive engine heat is a common problem, which is aggravated by modern-day driving conditions such as traffic congestions, driving up steep inclines and acceleration on highways. Over time, it can damage critical engine components and affect driving performance, according to Petronas. By stopping engine-damaging heat from the source, drivers can optimize engine performance, it said.
When tested against the latest and highest service standard specifications such as the American Petroleum Institute, the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) and the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), Petronas Syntium with oCoolTechTM performed better resistance to cam wear by more than 70%. In addition, the formulation delivered better oxidation resistance in excess of 60% and gave better protection against piston deposit build-up by more than 30%.
Elaborating on the science of Petronas Syntium with °CoolTech™, Eric Holthusen, PLI COO said, “Oxidising or oil thickening as the consequence of frequent exposure to high temperatures will limit the lubricants’ ability to travel around the engine, thus robbing its ability to absorb and transfer heat away from the internal engine parts. On the other hand, an engine oil that is too thin is also unable to deliver optimum performance for the engine.”
Holthusen said the formulation’s strong oil chains deliver exceptional oxidation stability to protect the engine and ensure minimal oil thickening as a consequence of high operating temperatures, while ensuring that critical engine components are lubricated adequately to prevent premature wear and tear.
“In 2014, the new Formula One regulations required the use of smaller and more energy efficient engines. Despite the downsizing, the same amount of power is produced, causing significantly more heat being generated inside the power unit, similar to what happens in modern, downsized, turbocharged car engines. This puts a great deal of stress on the moving parts. As such, engine oil plays a critical role to manage the engine’s temperature and prevent heat-related damage,” said Rosberg.
Leveraging on its 20 years of technical experience in Formula One, Petronas has developed a range of bespoke race fuel, engine oil and other functional fluids for six seasons with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.