Scuderia Ferrari took the win at last weekend’s Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, driven by F1 Champion, Sebestian Vettel. The F1 car runs on a high performance Shell Helix Ultra motor oil containing Shell PurePlus Technology.
This technology produces base oil made from natural gas, instead of crude oil, yielding a Shell Helix Ultra race formulation with enhanced cleansing and engine protection, resulting in greater efficiency.
Guy Lovett, Shell Formula One Technology Manager, says, “The engine of the SF15-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 1000°C. The new oil has to cope with these conditions, while also achieving the level of protection to reach over 4000 km engine life required with only four 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.”
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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 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 3 years of intense testing, a new Shell Helix Ultra race formulation is also available for use in the new Ferrari V6 engine on the F1 track.
Dave Salters, Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Development, says: “There has been a dedicated and successful development program 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 type of efficiency gains that have been developed with this advanced oil technology.”
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 (100kg per race) enforced by the technical regulations.
Mark Wakem, F1 engine-oil development leader for Shell, says “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. 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.” – ENDS.