Mobil 1 SuperSyn Article

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Nov 16, 2002
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MOBIL 1 OIL ADDING MORE VISCOSITIES & NEW INGREDIENTS By Larry Carley (3/1/02) Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil, which has been around for more than 25 years, is changing its formula and viscosity ratings to reflect the latest changes in automotive technology. Starting in February 2002, Mobil 1 has been reformulated with a new secret ingredient called "SuperSyn" which Mobil says will improve the oil's anti-wear and anti-friction qualities even more. Mobil won't say exactly what SuperSyn is, but only that it is a special hydrocarbon molecule that takes synthetic oil technology to a new level of performance -- which will also be reflected in a price increase for Mobil 1. The average shelf price today for Mobil 1 and other synthetic oils is usually $3.79 to $3.99 per quart. The reformulated Mobil 1 will probably sell for $4.79 to $4.99 per quart. The new ingredient gives Mobil 1 a slightly darker color than before, which improves visibility when reading a dipstick. The new additive also allows Mobil 1 to pass a much wider battery of industry oil standards, including ILSAC GF-3, American Petroleum Institute's SL/SH/CF specifications, European ACEA standards and Japanese valvetrain requirements. The oil is approved for use in virtually all gasoline and light duty diesel engines, and is used as the factory-fill oil for Porsche, Mercedes Benz AMG vehicles, Aston Martin, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang R Cobra and Dodge Viper.
...special hydrocarbon molecule? Is this what the SS system is? New PAO... [ August 21, 2003, 05:11 PM: Message edited by: buster ]
Freudian slip? LOL Yeah that is old Isn't PAO hydrocarbon based anyway. That's what SS is according to M1's website(new PAO). So there you go.
Hydrocarbons include Esters as well, while "synthesized" hydrocarbons usually refer to things like PAO's, Polyisobutylenes, and such. About two years ago Mobil developed a new Trimethyl Ethane (TME) ester that was very thermally stable. In addition, they developed new intermediate viscosity PAO's and found ways to mix the various viscosites to obtain the oil grades they needed to span the range of current viscosties or viscosity grades.
[Cheers!] [ August 21, 2003, 05:37 PM: Message edited by: buster ]
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