With the consistent growth in engine technology, standards need to keep up, particularly when it comes to sludge holding those technologies back from performing at their highest standard.
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines and turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) ask more of their lubricant.
In response, ACEA 2016 brings with it two new tests for lubricant resistance to sludge, and resistance to turbocharging and piston deposits. This will have an impact on the passenger car segment moving forward as engines continue to incorporate GDI and TGDI technology.
It is not just new engine technology that is being addressed; ACEA 2016 will cover new developments in seal materials.
New elastomer sealing materials demand an upgrade in tests. ACEA 2016's new standards will bring the tests up to scratch with European REACH regulation affecting modern light-duty diesel engines.
Whether it is fuel efficiency or alternative fuels, the move to greener options is on the rise, and as a result, the standards catch up.
The increase of biofuels across Europe brings a host of problems. Oil oxidation, degradation and thickening are all familiar to the Heavy Duty market incorporating biofuels. Two new tests are aimed at assessing lubricants' effectiveness in preventing these issues.
ACEA 2016 introduces the new C5 category, which includes a higher target for fuel economy tests. This will affect both SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-20 lubricants. This provides an opportunity to review the current sequences and explore the potential for complexity reduction.
ACEA 2016 is a considerable upgrade in performance and quality for passenger car and heavy-duty diesel engine oils. With the upgrade comes the opportunity for ÖSEH GmbH to further differentiate with other lubricants to meet and exceed the ACEA 2016 sequences.