A new top-tier heavy-duty engine oil that meets the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 and European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) E9-2016 requirements has been launched locally by Blue Chip Lubricants, the sole licenced manufacturer in South Africa.
Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 is a high-performance synthetic heavy-duty engine oil designed specifically for the lubrication of the latest environment-friendly engines, Johan Le Roux, Lubricant Support Engineer at Blue Chip Lubricants, comments. Customer benefits include added engine protection, oxidation and shear stability, and piston cleanliness.
API CK-4 oils are especially effective at sustaining emission control system durability where particulate filters and other advanced after treatment systems are used. API CK-4 oils are designed to provide enhanced protection against oil oxidation, viscosity loss due to shear, and oil aeration.
They also offer protection against catalyst poisoning, particulate filter blocking, engine wear, piston deposits, degradation of low- and high-temperature properties, and soot-related viscosity increase. API CK-4 oils exceed the performance criteria of API CJ-4, CI-4 PLUS, CI-4, and CH-4, and can effectively lubricate engines calling for those API Service Categories.
ACEA E9 describes stable, stay-in-grade oils providing effective control with respect to piston cleanliness and bore polishing. It further provides excellent wear control, soot handling and lubricant stability. It is recommended for highly-rated diesel engines meeting Euro I, Euro II, Euro III, Euro IV, Euro V, and Euro VI emission requirements and running under severe conditions, such as extended oil-drain intervals according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
It is suitable for engines with or without particulate filters, and for most Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) engines and engines fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction NOX reduction systems. ACEA E9 oils are strongly recommended for engines fitted with particulate filters, and are designed for use in combination with low-sulphur diesel fuel.
The newly-launched Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 exceeds the requirements of Volvo VDS-4.5, Renault RLD-4, and Mack EO-S 4.5, MB 228.31, Detroit Diesel DFS93K222, MTU Type 2.1, Deutz DQC III-10 LA, Cummins CES 20086, Cat ECF-3, Cat ECF-2, Ford WSS-M2C171-F1, and JASO DH-2.
This multi-fleet motor oil is aimed at a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, including transport, mining, construction, quarrying, and agriculture. “With the current influx of diesel engines into the South African market requiring this type of technology, now is the ideal time to introduce Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40. The launch supports our expansion strategy, since the diversification allows us access to all diesel-engine operators,” Le Roux comments.
The latest launch means that Blue Chip Lubricants is at the forefront of the latest developments in the industry. “We are now able to offer the latest top-tier heavy-duty engine oil technology that offers several improvements in terms of engine performance and protection. Operators may now use one motor oil for all their diesel engines, since Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 is also suitable for older model engines,” Le Roux highlights.
The new product will be blended at Blue Chip Lubricants’ state-of-the-art blending plant in Kya Sands, Johannesburg, based on the same formulation, base oils, and additives used by Q8Oils globally. Blue Chip Lubricants secured an agreement to blend and distribute lubricants from Q8Oils in 2015.
Q8 is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), one of the world’s largest oil producers. Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 was developed at the Q8 Research & Technology facilities in The Netherlands, the largest research-and-development facility of its kind in Europe. “With the substantial resources of KPC on tap, we have the people, products, and proficiency to keep the wheels of industry turning,” Le Roux concludes.