Trends in Engine Design
There are a couple of important trends we need to discuss as it relates to high-performance engine oil, demands on engine lubrication, the search for more power, and the role of high-performance lubricants: the shift to steel pistons and turbocharging.
To begin with, the shift to steel pistons improves fuel economy because steel pistons allow higher combustion pressures to be applied, which improves performance. On the other hand, they make the oil and cooling water run hotter, potentially increasing deposit formation in piston ring grooves. Therefore, it’s critical to protect engine parts with antioxidant additives.
Furthermore, turbochargers play a key role in modern engine technology because they create higher engine performance. As a result, it allows engines to be downsized while boosting output. While turbochargers reduce exhaust emissions, they’re also very sensitive to deposits.