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Nexcel - the future of car oil?

Nexcel – the future of car oil?

Motor oil has just been revolutionised. Oil producers Castrol have created a new, clean, and easy way to replace the oil and oil filters in cars. It’s called Nexcel and it looks and changes like an enlarged ink cartridge.

The company, a leader of premium lubricating oils and greases, manufacturer, market and distribute their products. Now, they’ve set a new standard in an area of the automotive industry that hasn’t changed much since its birth over a century ago. And the best part? It’s environmentally friendly (something the industry urgently needs after the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal).

On their website Castrol say, “the plug‘n’play oil cell slots in and out under the bonnet” and essentially cuts the changing time from the usual 20 minutes to a speedy 90 seconds. You take the old cell out and pop the new one in – it’s as simple as that. There’s no lifting your car, scrabbling underneath it, getting dirty, or potential oil bath. It’s all done in a sealed box under the hood.

Castrol claim the Nexcel oil cell will reduce CO2 emissions, improve vehicle servicing and increase sustainability by recycling the used oil. The first car to use this new technology is the track-only, 800bhp supercar: the Aston Martin Vulcan.

The £1.5million supercar, the Aston Martin Vulcan - currently the only car to be fit with the new Nexcel technology.

The £1.5million supercar, the Aston Martin Vulcan – currently the only car to be fit with the new Nexcel technology.

The technology is currently being introduced in London, New York and Tokyo. The system went through various stages of testing: engine ranges, extreme conditions, low speeds, high speeds, and the system oil flow. From a small city car, to a high-powered racer, the oil has been through them all. Castrol has said it’ll be licensing the technology to other oil producers in the future, because some models require specialist oils.

The Vulcan will have Nexcel installed as standard from now on, and Castrol hope to have the new system fitted into road cars within the next five years. An estimate timeline of 2020-2025 for production cars to have the Nexcel system as standard, because designers will have to find the space to accommodate the cell. One industry that’ll certainly welcome the new system is motorsports. With the quick change of 90 seconds, it’ll reduce time spent off the track.

You may ask yourself, are there any downsides? Well, we can’t think of many. Even the system being based around a service centre conducting the change shouldn’t be too bad; the simplicity of the process inevitably means users will be able to complete the swap themselves at some point. Let’s just hope the cost of the change doesn’t put us off.

The Nexcel oil cell slots in and out of the space under the bonnet, much easier than the current under-the-car oil change.

The Nexcel oil cell slots in and out of the space under the bonnet, much easier than the current under-the-car oil change.

 

 

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