Today, Shell launches a technologically advanced heavy-duty diesel engine oil; the new and improved Shell Rimula R6 LME, which is compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards. The oil has been developed to directly address the need of fleet operators around the world who require increased reliability and protection of their vehicles, longer oil drain intervals and fuel economy. This ultimately leads to lower maintenance and fuel costs, driving down the overall cost of running their business.

Daimler trials demonstrate that the new Shell Rimula R6 LME lasts longer and protects more

Developed in close collaboration with Daimler, Shell Rimula R6 LME uses innovative technology that has been tested through millions of miles, demonstrating it provides improved engine protection, longer oil drain intervals, as well as fuel economy. Through extensive trials with Daimler, the new Shell Rimula R6 LME 5W-30 demonstrated many benefits and it now has FFO approval 225.18 (under brand name "Shell HD 1297") for Daimler future generation OM 47x and OM 93x engines:

  • According to MB sheet 228.5/51 the maximum Oil drain interval can increase (dependant on truck and application) from 120,000 km to 150,000 km with the OM 47x and from 100,000 km to 120,000 km with the OM 93x, through the life of Daimler Euro 6 engines – this is one of the first products to achieve this performance in Daimler’s Euro 6 engines under these conditions
  • Outstanding wear protection in Daimler OM 646 engine test , exceeding Daimler’s requirements according to MB sheet 228.51, eg cam shaft inlet 44 µm wear compared to most demanding limt which allows max 100 µm wear (= 56% better)
  • Outstanding piston cleanliness in Daimler OM 501 engine test, exceeding Daimler’s requirements according to MB sheet 228.51, eg 40,6 points compared to most demanding limit which requires at least 26 points (= 56% better)

Shell Rimula R6 LME provides Fuel Economy

In addition, Shell Rimula R6 LME can deliver fuel savings to fleet operators. As demonstrated in Daimler`s new OM 501 FE bench engine test it saves 0,8% fuel compared to their reference 10W-40 oil. In a six month road test carried out with a fleet of trucks operating for a leading UK supermarket, the customer confirmed that Shell Rimula R6 LME realised up to 2.0% fuel savings over 100,000 km oil drain interval (compared with a typical 10W-40 oil).

Shell Rimula R6 LME’s delivers optimal engine protection and efficiency through a synthetic base-oil technology, advanced additive technology and an effective anti-wear booster system. The combination of this threefold approach helps deliver improved performance, long drain intervals and fuel saving capability, in addition to improved durability.

Shell working with customers on the ground to help deliver savings

The Shell technical team works with customers internationally, helping them apply their products and address lubrication and operational challenges. One example is Austrian haulage company FRIKUS, who wanted to extended the oil drain intervals of its fleet of 400 trucks, and lower fuel consumption, whilst providing engine protection.

The Shell Technical team recommended a trial with Shell Rimula R6 LME and the company doubled its oil-drain intervals and reported a reduction in fuel consumption. As a result of lower lubricant and maintenance costs, FRIKUS reported a total annual saving of $189,000 USD.

Richard Tucker, Global Delivery manager, Commercial and Industrial Lubricants states that, “We work together and listen to our customers about their biggest needs and challenges and this is where the new and improved Shell Rimula R6 LME comes from.

It has been developed in close co-operation with leading engine and vehicle makers, and has been shown to deliver outstanding savings for our customers in a number of real-life trials. It not only delivers fuel economy benefits, but also meets the durability and performance of the latest low-emissions equipment. Shell Rimula R6 LME helps vehicles stay in top condition and helps businesses to operate effectively as well.”

Because addressing customers’ current and future challenges is a key focus for Shell, Shell scientists and engineers are continuously working with customers, leading equipment manufacturers and industry bodies to innovate and launch new lubrication solutions. The result in this case is Shell’s most innovative heavy duty diesel engine oil, Shell Rimula R6 LME, delivering longer oil drain intervals, improved wear protection and fuel economy.


Shell Rimula R6 LME is available from;

Contact: Winston Eavis, Associate Director, Edelman
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3047 2405



About Shell Lubricants

  • The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. They manufacture and blend products for use in a range of applications, from consumer motoring to mining and power generation to commercial transport. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, Shell Rotella T, Shell Helix, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus, Monarch, a portfolio of car care products and Jiffy Lube®. Shell has leading lubricants research centres in Germany, Japan (joint venture with Showa Shell), UK, and the USA.
  • Our products are manufactured and marketed in more countries than any other lubricants supplier’s, enabling us to supply to our largest customers. We are expanding rapidly into emerging markets while continuing to seek growth in our heartland markets.

  • In 2002, Shell acquired Pennzoil-Quaker State Company to become the No. 1 lubricants marketer in the USA. Pennzoil motor oil has been one of the leading motor oil brands in the USA since 1985.
  • In 2006, Shell acquired a 75% share in Tongyi, which is China’s leading independent lubricant manufacturer. Today Shell is the leading international lubricants supplier in China and has the third largest share of China’s rapidly growing market.
  • In November 2009, we opened our sixth lube oil blending plant in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. With a production capacity of 200 million litres a year, and the potential for a phased development to 400 million litres a year, the complex could become one of Shell’s top three lubricants blending plants worldwide in volume terms.

  • We focus on developing products and services that provide both superior protection and efficiency.
  • The savings indicated in this article are specific to the calculation date and mentioned site. These calculations may vary from site to site and from time to time, depending on, for example, the application, the operating conditions, the current products being used, the condition of the equipment and the maintenance practices.