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Castrol Reinvents Your Car's Oil Change

Castrol has developed the next generation of technology which allows oil to be changed in around 90 seconds - 13 times faster than a conventional oil change of 20 minutes.

Delivered through the Nexcel oil cell, this revolutionary new innovation is an easy-to-change unit containing both engine oil and filter. Combined it delivers superior engine performance and improved environmental sustainability. In effect it is very similar to the way you would change an ink cartridge - pop out the old one and replace with the new.

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.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer 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.”

Tested on a range of engines from compact city cars to cutting-edge high-powered racing engines, the Nexcel system has functioned smoothly in different driving scenarios including severe braking of up to 1.8G, the equivalent of a vehicle travelling at 100km/h stopping dead in 1.6 seconds. Additionally, the system oil flow has been tested up to 600 litres a minute –10 to 20 times greater than seen in a conventional passenger car engine.

Richard Parry-Jones, automotive industry leader and chairman of the Nexcel advisory board said: “If you look back through the whole of Castrol’s history they’ve been innovators, using science to improve the performance of their lubricants and lead their industry. Nexcel represents one of its most significant innovations. It offers a solution to a problem that is increasing on the radar scope of manufacturers and when the Nexcel technology becomes standardised, people will wonder why we did it any other way.”

The system offers manufacturers and motorists three primary benefits in performance, servicing and sustainability:

Performance Nexcel delivers a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on modern engines and the technology heralds the next generation of precision-engineered engine oils which can deliver further engine performance & CO2 benefits.

Servicing Nexcel considerably reduces the time to perform an oil change time making for cleaner workshops in the process. Garages and dealerships are then able to offer more flexible and convenient service options to customers.

Sustainability Oil cells are collected after use, avoiding wastage of used oil. This oil can then be re-refined back into high quality lubricants. Castrol estimate that 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.

Paul Waterman, Castrol CEO, said: “We believe this is the biggest leap forward in oil change technology in the history of the combustion engine. Castrol’s engineers are leaders in their field and have come up with a really innovative piece of technology. It’s the result of almost three years’ work but as soon as people see the benefits in emissions and servicing as well as the substantial environmental benefits, they will ask why it hasn’t been done before.”

By Tracey McBain