Shell supplies Scuderia Ferrari with motor oil made from natural gas
Sep 19, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari will use this motor oil for the first time on the track at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix.
Scuderia Ferrari is heading out onto the F1 track at Singapore this weekend running on a higher performing Shell Helix Ultra motor oil containing Shell PurePlus Technology. This technology produces base oil from natural gas, instead of crude oil. It yields a Shell Helix Ultra race formulation with enhanced cleansing and engine protection, resulting in greater efficiency.
“The engine of the F14 T produces in excess of 600 horsepower, and the turbocharger, which rotates at up to 2000 revs per second, can be operating at up to 1,000°C,” said Ian Albiston, Shell Trackside Manager for Ferrari. “The new oil has to cope with these conditions, while also achieving the level of protection to reach the 4,000 km engine life required with only five engines per driver allowed for the season. In the high temperature, high stress environment of an F1 engine, the right motor oil can provide a crucial advantage.”
Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process, developed over 40 years of research, that converts natural gas into a crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Base oil is a key component of finished lubricants. The base oil is produced at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, a partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, and the world’s largest source of GTL products today. Through the integration of the gas value chain in Qatar and Shell’s global lubricants supply chain, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, the on-road motor oil, is being made available to motorists in countries all over the world. And now, after three years of intensive testing, a new Shell Helix Ultra race formulation is also available for use in the new Ferrari V6 engine on the F1 track.
Combining the pure base oil made from natural gas with a selection of high performing additives results in a higher quality motor oil race formulation produced by Shell for Scuderia Ferrari. It cleans and lubricates the engine, which helps to minimise frictional losses and ensure that the maximum amount of fuel energy reaches the wheels throughout the race. It also helps to deliver improved fuel economy – which has become even more important with the limitation on fuel (100 kg per race) enforced by the 2014 technical regulations.
”Shell Helix Ultra for Scuderia Ferrari is designed and developed to improve the power and efficiency of the engine by reducing the losses inside it,” said Mark Wakem, F1 engine-oil development leader for Shell. ”Wherever the lubricant is protecting and keeping surfaces apart, the more you reduce that friction, the more power is left from the fuel to get out to the wheels for optimum performance.”
The new oil helps Scuderia Ferrari get the most out of its F1 engines now and protects its performance in the future. It is also the only motor oil recommended by Ferrari for all of its road cars. Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology available to motorists in countries all over the world is a fully synthetic motor oil made from natural gas that delivers a higher level of cleansing and protection than ever before.
Dave Salters, Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Development, said: “There has been a dedicated and successful development programme to develop an F1 oil based on Shell PurePlus Technology that has provided a good step in engine efficiency whilst maintaining the protection necessary in this type of very highly loaded Formula 1 engine. With Shell’s development team we are working together very aggressively to develop and introduce new technologies in both the oil and fuel to improve the efficiency and fuel consumption of the power unit. The current regulation and engine architecture reward these types of efficiency gains that have been developed with this advanced oil technology.”
Michelle Gibb-Taylor, Shell Lubricants Global PR Manager
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SHELL’S TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH FERRARI
- Shell’s relationship with Ferrari dates back to the 1930s, existing both on and off the F1 race track
- 50 Shell scientists and other personnel invest approximately 21,000 hours a year in research and development around the Technical Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.
- By using the F1 car as a mobile laboratory, Shell scientists work closely with Scuderia Ferrari engineers to develop bespoke lubricants that deliver reliability and protection for the complex turbo-charged engine of the F14 T.
SHELL HELIX ULTRA FOR THE F1 TRACK
- Shell has engineered bespoke lubricants that deliver reliability and protection for one of the most complex powertrains in Ferrari’s motor racing history – the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged engine of the F14 T.
- Shell Helix Ultra lubricates engines and performs five functions essential to Scuderia Ferrari: combats engine wear, minimizes power loss, cleans engines, delivers fuel economy and cools the engine. This helps ensure that the maximum amount of fuel energy reaches the wheels throughout the race.
- The motor oil used in the F14 T uses many of the same building blocks (base oils and additives) as are found in the Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology range available to motorists around the world.
SHELL HELIX ULTRA WITH PUREPLUS TECHNOLOGY ON THE ROAD
- Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a new industry-leading motor oil for passenger cars offering better protection against sludge, superior corrosion defenceand, ultimately helping to ensure longer engine life.
- It is the first synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. Shell PurePlus Technology produces base oil from natural gas, instead of crude oil. Base oil is the main component of finished lubricants. Compared to traditional base oils, this base oil provides a superior molecular structure from which to create Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology. This base oil helps to: extend engine life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce oil consumption, maintain fuel economy and enable better cleanliness.
- Fuel economy benefits vary with viscosity grade, but certain products within the Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology range can deliver an improvement of up to 3% in fuel economy.
- The base oil is manufactured at the Pearl GTL plant in Ras Laffan. Pearl GTL is a partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Shell.
- Shell now integrates its gas value chain at Pearl GTL with its global lubricant supply chain to produce Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology. The base oil is shipped to a Shell lubricant oil blending plant where it is blended with advanced additive technology to produce the final superior product. On the road Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology products are supported by a strong global lubricants supply chain network of three storage hubs and 50 lubricant oil blending plants globally.
 Based on Sequence VG sludge test results using 0W-40
 Compared with API SN and based on sequence IVA and sequence VIII engine tests
 Based on the M111 FE test compared with the industry reference oil. Fuel economy varies from 1.7% up to 3% depending on the different vehicle types and the applied engine oil (e.g. up to 3% fuel economy with Shell Helix Ultra Professional AF 5W-30).
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The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Shell Helix, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.
We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure.
Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.
Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
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