Horsepower, acceleration and fuel economy are important aspects of the driving experience. Therefore, they are reoccurring factors where engine oil formulators, vehicle manufacturers but also drivers look for continuous optimization.
Wouldn’t it be nice to boost all three factors at the same time, together with an alternative approach to engine oil additives and an all in one package?
Just add BASF's innovative additive component IRGALUBE® FE1 to your engine oil's formulation and gain the power to save on fuel. The effect has been observed in racing oils and in those used for everyday passenger cars.
Additive Component for High Performance Engine Oils
Lower engine oil viscosity is one approach to improve driving features. But not all engines can handle lower viscosity oil. Downsizing the engine is another approach to improve fuel economy. But downsizing can take away the driver’s sensation of vehicle acceleration and that is no fun.
Conventional organic friction modifiers address the inherent metal on metal friction inside the engine. But these additive technologies reach a limit on performance. Wouldn’t it be nice to gain extra fuel economy, horsepower and acceleration together with an alternative approach to engine oil additives?
IRGALUBE® FE1 is a liquid, ashless oil additive that works in internal combustion engines to maximize these driving features in real vehicles.
OEMs test vehicles on chassis dynamometers to quantify fuel economy, horsepower and acceleration. Internal combustion creates wide temperature ranges and many modes of shear. Friction bench tests in the laboratory do not correlate with real fuel economy.
So if you are going to sell OEMs on the performance differentiation of your oil, shouldn't you use the same approach to testing as OEMs use?
We tested our additive in many vehicles on chassis dynamometers using the preferred drive cycles of our customers. IRGALUBE® FE1 showed more than twice the fuel economy improvement compared to a conventional organic friction modifier. IRGALUBE® FE1 also increased acceleration up to 1.4% and improved horsepower by 1.8%. Why not take the simple approach to maximize fuel economy, horsepower and acceleration? Just add IRGALUBE® FE1 to your formulations. Then you have more time to formulate all the other performance benefits that OEMs demand.
Engines are expensive and deserve protection. Antiwear chemistry coats the engine's metal surface, but that additive shield comes with a cost. A suit of armor offers protection, but it also slows you down.
ZDDP (zinc dialkyldithiophosphate) is the standard antiwear additive in passenger car motor oils. Racing oils contain even more. So it is ironic that fuel economy, horsepower and acceleration are all reduced by higher friction because of the antiwear film coating the metal inside your engine.
Conventional organic friction modifiers are supposed to work on metal surfaces, too. These reduce metal on metal friction while ZDDP prevents metal on metal wear. That means there could be competition for the metal surface.
Instead of competing against ZDDP, you need a new type of additive that interacts with it synergistically. IRGALUBE® FE1 is that additive, significantly improving horsepower and acceleration. The same mechanism also provides a real fuel economy benefit. And passenger car field trials indicate no increase in engine wear.
Up to 1.4% increased acceleration and 1.8% improved horsepower
Simple Addition Unlocks Significant Benefits
BASF has extensive vehicle test capabilities and works with different 3rd party labs for additional evaluations. The following charts show the fuel economy, horsepower and acceleration benefits of IRGALUBE® FE1 based on real-world testing techniques. Please contact your local BASF representative for more information on these tests and beyond.