SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO — low viscosity, low volatility
To help automakers meet their fuel economy and energy efficiency goals, lubricant formulators strive to produce ever lower viscosity oils without compromising performance. Now there’s a solution: groundbreaking SpectraSyn MaX polyalphaolefin (PAO) synthetic base stocks.
Through unprecedented balance of low viscosity and low volatility, SpectraSyn MaX PAO helps deliver step-out performance, including:
- Fuel economy improvements for lower emissions
- Energy efficiency for enhanced electric vehicle range
- Thermal management for e-motor and electronics
Compared to conventional PAO and mineral oil base stocks, SpectraSyn MaX PAO can help provide:
Improved fuel economy
Using a 0W-12 engine oil in Volkswagon fuel economy test PV1496, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO demonstrates superior fuel economy improvement compared to a Group III+ and a low-viscosity conventional PAO.
Uncompromising balance (LVLV)
Compared to conventional PAO and mineral-based Group II and Group III base stocks, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO demonstrates step-out improvement in Noack volatility.
Enhanced oxidative stability
Compared to Group III and Group III+ mineral base stocks and low-viscosity conventional PAO, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO demonstrates superior oxidative stability, with lower viscosity and Total Acid Number (TAN) change after 192 hours at 170°C (using CEC L48 test method).
In a comparison based on a Toyota 0W-8 test, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO demonstrates enhanced fuel economy versus formulations using low-viscosity esters.
Greater energy efficiency
In MTM traction tests, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO demonstrated significantly lower friction coefficient/torque loss compared to Group II+/III+ and conventional PAO blends. This performance can enable improved energy efficiency and fuel economy.
Greater formulation flexibility
Formulating low-viscosity grades can be challenging. As the viscosity grade lowers, a “formulation squeeze” is created, offering less opportunity for performance additives. Thanks to its next-generation capabilities, SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO provides greater formulation flexibility.
This chart compares the performance properties of SpectraSyn™ MaX PAO with traditional low-viscosity PAO and Group III base stocks. Note that SpectraSyn MaX PAO provides superior balance of low viscosity and low volatility.
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