Shell introduces motorcycle oils made from natural gas
Jul 16, 2015
Motorcycles use less engine oil than trucks or cars and work it much harder. Combine that with increasing demand for extended oil drain intervals and improved fuel efficiency, and the oil needs to work harder for even longer. To help motorcycle owners meet these requirements and protect their engines, Shell has launched the next generation of premium motorcycle oil – Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology. This is the first-ever synthetic motorcycle oil made from natural gas using Shell proprietary gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology, marketed as Shell PurePlus Technology.
Andrew Hepher, Shell General Manager Global Marketing for Consumer Lubricants, said, “The integration of our gas value chain in Qatar and our global lubricants supply chain means we can now offer motorcycle owners Shell’s latest in motorcycle oil technology. As the motorcycle parc and oil demand is the highest in Asia, we have launched Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology in key markets in this region first, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
Soon consumers in Colombia and Brazil will also have access to Shell motorcycles oils made from natural gas. As more markets transition towards synthetic motor oils to balance efficiency with durability, Shell is leading the charge with premium motor oil products made with Shell PurePlus Technology.”
Shell PurePlus Technology produces high-quality API Group III base oils, the main component of engine oils, from natural gas instead of crude oil. They are made at the world’s largest gas-to-liquid facility, Pearl GTL in Qatar. A partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, this plant produces up to 1 million tonnes of crystal-clear GTL base oils per year.
From here, the base oils are shipped to Shell global storage hubs in Houston, Hamburg, Jebel Ali and Hong Kong. Based on demand, the GTL base oils are then transported to Shell’s network of 50 lubricant blending plants where premium finished products such as Shell Advance Ultra are made.
Motorcycle engines operate in compact, high stress and high heat environments, and need a dedicated motorcycle engine oil for best engine performance, protection and cleanliness. Base oils made from Shell PurePlus Technology, offer better lower volatility, better lower temperature properties, better viscosity stability and better piston deposit cleanliness, compared to traditional Group II and Group III base oils.
When Shell PurePlus Technology is combined with Shell proprietary chemical additives, the formulation yields motorcycle engine oil that lasts twice as long as a typical oil drain interval, enables riders to stay powerful and helps riders ride for longer.
Shell is also taking proven expertise from its road application of this new product to the race track. The Honda NSF 250R Moto3 engines in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup are protected by Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology. Now in its second year, this racing platform helps promote regional racing talent on the international stage. Shell’s motorsport programmes ensure that its engine oil products are tested in extreme conditions on a race track to produce a winning formula both for the road and the track.
Chemical compounds that further enhance the performance of finished engine oils, helping to improve protection and augment key benefits required by certain types of machinery (e.g. improved oxidation resistance).
Shell Advance Ultra lasts two times a typical oil change interval of 3000km. Follow your bike OEM’s recommendation for oil change interval as it may vary for different bike makes & models. Oil drain interval can be influenced by other factors including fuel quality and riding behaviour.
Shell Advance Ultra does not degrade between oil changes, to impact the engine efficiency & hence power loss. Based on Shell Internal test data using Honda Wave 125cc motorcycles measured at first 1000th and 13000th km mileage coverage, with extended oil change interval of 6000km.
Compared average results of Shell Advance Ultra 10W-40 to those of Shell Advance AX5 20W-40, using Shell Gasohol 91 unleaded gasoline, on Honda Wave 125cc motorcycles after engine break-in over 6000 km intervals - Fuel consumption can be influenced by other factors including traffic conditions, bike type and riding behaviour.
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Notes to Editor:
Motorcycle oil demand
- According to Kline & Company’s upcoming report summary for Lubricants for Motorcycles, Scooters, and Mopeds: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities 2015, the global two-wheeler market, which includes motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, is expected to reach over 700 million units in terms of overall population by 2021. It is a high-growth industry, increasing at a rate of 8% per annum.
- Engine oils account for over 95% of the total motorcycle oil (MCO) market, with the balance consisting of products including fork oils, rear suspension oils, greases, and chain oils.
Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology Field Trial in Thailand
- Shell conducted a field trial in Bangkok, Thailand on brand new Honda Wave 125cc motorcycles running on Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology.
- The trial consisted of a pre-determined route and covered a total of 13,000km.
- Every day, the bikes were put through hard traffic and expressway riding conditions. At various mileage waypoints, the used engine oil was collected and analysed.
- It was found that Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology showed good resistance to oil breakdown and did not thicken or thin down excessively between oil changes. The product also demonstrated excellent wear protection. Furthermore, there was no loss in horse power, the bikes could travel further (approximately 5km) per litre of fuel, and had a low volatility resulting in less top ups between oil changes.
- Watch a summary video on this trial.
Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Malaysian Perception Trial
- Shell conducted a perception trial in Malaysia in late 2014 with 13 bikers that used the new Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology motorcycle oil and Shell V-Power 97 fuel in their bikes on a night riding trip.
- The total mileage covered was 700km where the pre-determined route included highways, trunk roads, hilly terrain and multiple road bends and curves in the Malaysia Peninsular.
- Bikes were of different make, model, engine capacity and bike age. Existing engine oil was drained out before the trial commenced and engine was flushed 2 times with the new product. New product of biker's preferred viscosity grade was filled into their engine.
- Twelve out of the thirteen drivers experienced smoother gear change and smoother low speed ride. All drivers claimed a more powerful ride on an uphill climb. Ten out of the thirteen drivers claimed to experience better acceleration on the power with the combination of the new Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology and Shell V-Power 97.
- Watch a video on the trial.
Shell PurePlus Technology
- Shell first launched motor oils made from natural gas in 2013 for passenger cars – Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology. These premium synthetic motor oils are now available in over 100 markets around the world. In North America Shell launched Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology in 2014.
- GTL base oil helps to: extend engine life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce oil consumption, maintain fuel economy and enable better cleanliness.
- In recent years, GTL base oil has also been game changing technology in certain specialist applications:
- Process oils, which are used in a wide variety of chemical and technical industries as a raw material component or as an aid to processing. Shell Risella X and Shell Ondina X oils are high-quality white oils, based on GTL technology, that offer valuable performance advantages as they are mineral-oil free.
- Shell Diala X a transformer oil, which acts as electrical insulator, is made with GTL base oil thereby enabling it to offer exceptional performance with higher reliability even under high pressure.
Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup
- The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is a competition which acts as a feeder series to promote the best young talent from the world of motorcycle racing.
- The project started in 2014 and aims to give riders from the Asian and Australian regions a formal path into competitive road racing.
- The competition will see Asia’s stars of the future participate in a twelve race championship held over 6 rounds during 2015, with all of the riders on homogenised Honda NSF250R Moto3™ bikes.
- For more information visit http://www.asiatalentcup.com/
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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.
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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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