Total announced that it is ready for the initial available upgrade of API SN Plus and will have all appropriate TOTAL QUARTZ products certified as API SN Plus before the official launch date of 1 May 2018.
Many of the vehicle manufacturers today are shifting towards smaller, turbocharged, and more fuel-efficient engines to meet the continuously aggressive demands on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. While significant improvements have been made in power density and fuel economics in these engines, vehicles manufacturers now struggle with an unpredictable phenomenon called Low-Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI). LSPI can be best described as a premature combustion event before spark ignition takes place. This generally occurs at low speeds and high loads, resulting in very high pressure in the combustion chamber. If left unchecked, this “super-knock” can cause destructive damage to engine parts. Though there is not a single cause of the event, research indicates that engine oils can be reformulated to mitigate LSPI while still maintaining engine oil performance.
In order to combat LSPI issues and provide the ultimate engine protection, Total will upgrade current API SN products to have the new API SN Plus additive technology.
The following products will be approved to claim API SN Plus specifications starting May 1: TOTAL QUARTZ 9000 FUTURE FGC SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-30; full synthetic motor oils TOTAL QUARTZ 9000 FUTURE XT SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30; full synthetic motor oils TOTAL QUARTZ 7000 FUTURE XT SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30; semi-synthetic motor oils TOTAL QUARTZ 5000 FUTURE XT SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30; mineral motor oils.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Total Specialties USA, Inc. is a part of the Americas Division for the Marketing & Services Branch of the Total Group. Total Specialties USA, Inc. offers a wide range of lubricant products including TOTAL QUARTZ synthetic performance engine oils.