Event marks confirmation of technical partnership between NEXCEL and Aston Martin Lagonda
The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro made history at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, this weekend, when it became the first vehicle to tackle the legendary hill climb using re-refined engine oil. This landmark has been made possible by a new active oil management system from NEXCEL, a Castrol innovation business. The historic run marked a new agreement between Aston Martin and NEXCEL, confirmed at Goodwood. Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King said: “We have been so impressed with the NEXCEL technology that we would like to confirm NEXCEL as a technical partner, and are committing to further develop NEXCEL technology for potential higher volume applications on future Aston Martin models. “We see huge potential in NEXCEL, not just as an important feature of our high-performance engines, but as a smart and convenient service solution for the future. And one which can practically eliminate the problem of used engine oil as a hazardous waste product from our service network." “In all our applications to date, NEXCEL’s system is working for us. I also believe it can and will contribute to environmental progress and improved customer convenience in a range of other future vehicle applications across the motor industry.” The visceral performance of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro at Goodwood is not the only demonstration of the ability of re-refined oils to perform in extreme conditions. In 2016, an Aston Martin GT8 driven by British GT4 Champion Jamie Chadwick and using NEXCEL’s oil management system and re-refined oils, secured a podium finish in the fiercely contested VLN Championship at the iconic Nürburgring. “Globally, as much as one third of used engine oil is unaccounted for1, and only a very small proportion of used oil is currently recovered and reused as lubricant,” explains NEXCEL’s sustainability director, John Ward-Zinski. “The performance of Aston Martin’s Vantage AMR demonstrates the opportunity provided by efficient capturing of used oil, and that re-refined oils can meet the extreme lubricant performance and durability requirements of modern internal combustion engines.”
NEXCEL’s solution is a self-contained, sealed cell containing oil and filter, which can be installed via a dock and managed using a dedicated electronic control unit that governs oil level and engine requirements by communicating with the vehicle via the standard data bus. The NEXCEL system is currently fitted as standard to the extraordinary Aston Martin Vulcan.
“We have been demonstrating the 90-second oil and filter change made possible by NEXCEL’s intelligent oil management system at the Festival of Speed, which also clearly showcases the ease at which oils can be removed, stored and repurposed without contamination,” continues Ward-Zinski. “Used oils collected from NEXCEL-fitted vehicles can be segregated from other waste oil streams and contaminants, grouped by type, geography and even drive cycle, which eases the re-refinement process and leads to the production of higher quality base oils and improved yields when compared to used oils collected by traditional methods. NEXCEL provides a repeatability and continuity of used oil treatment, whether services are carried out in rural Asia or in the pits at Goodwood.”
NEXCEL Background Information
NEXCEL is a self-contained, sealed cell that contains the correct grade of oil and specification of filter. Designed for flexible installation anywhere in the engine bay via a docking station, it is managed by a dedicated electronic control unit that communicates with the vehicle via the standard databus. An electric pump controls the flow of oil between the engine sump and the remote cell and an oil analysis capability can be integrated. By reducing the volume of oil in the engine, the NEXCEL system has been developed to allow faster warm-up, which can increase the rate of warm-up of the engine (and the cabin) and reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions during increasingly short, typical real-world journeys. Containing the oil within a sealed cell also makes recycling of old oil a much more practical option because it eliminates contamination by other fluids during the drain and recovery operation. NEXCEL units can remain sealed up to the point of re-refining, allowing the oil to be returned to its original specification. Changing the cell takes just 90 seconds. For garages, the benefits also include the elimination of spills and greatly simplified oil recovery. NEXCEL’s closed ecosystem could help to eliminate some of the one third of drained engine oil (worldwide) that currently disappears into the environment.