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Ricardo Launches Consortium to Evaluate Lubricant Challenges of Future Low Carbon Engine Technologies
Date:7/29/2009

the effect of downsized light duty gasoline and diesel engine technologies on lubricant soot levels and engine wear. Subsequent modules - to be discussed and agreed in advance by the participating members - are likely to focus on enabling ultra-low viscosity lubricants and their potential benefits in terms of friction reduction on fuel consumption, and lubricant effects on emissions and aftertreatment performance in future engines.

Commenting on the launch of the new consortium, Ricardo project director for fuels and lubricants, Craig Goodfellow, said: "In order to enable the next crucial steps to be made on the path to improving fuel economy and reducing the carbon emissions of road transport, it is essential that the oil, lubricant additive and automotive industries can work together. In launching this pre-competitive consortium based research program, we aim to enable participating companies to pull-forward robust solutions to some of the fundamental challenges we face in delivering new standards in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2."

The consortium announced today has already generated interest from many leading oil companies, lubricant additive manufactures and automakers, and is currently open to applications from prospective members in advance of its first meeting of interested parties in October 2009. Companies wishing to register an interest in participating or obtain further information should contact LubesConsortium@ricardo.com.

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