When Valvoline contacted me about their new NextGen motor oil, I admit I was a little skeptical. After all my rides are my pride and I only want the best to go into their internals. I arrived in Charlotte about 4 hours late but was met with handshakes and smiles as I entered the conference room to get a briefing on what the following day would consists of.
After finally getting to my motel and unpacking things I sat pondering what is this NextGen oil and what makes it so intriguing that famous motor builder and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and Doug Yates would put it in their own race cars? I arrived at the Roush Fenway shop to meet with Jack Roush and Doug Yates to discuss this new NextGen motor oil and left with a very positive feeling especially after seeing it for myself hit the track in Roush/ Yates own race cars at the Bank of America 500.
First off, I was not aware that used motor oil could even be recycled! Yes I am aware that used motor oil does have its uses such as coating trailer floors or adding protection by being applied to wooden poles but to be reused inside a motor? But with over 3 million quarts being consumed by U.S. automobiles it did have my attention and since used motor oil never wears out it just simply gets dirty it did makes since there should be a way to refine it to give it new life and with over a 140 years of experience under the hoods of U.S. automobiles it makes sense that Valvoline would be at the forefront of this process.
So what are we looking at by using Valvolines new NextGen motor oil? By using 50% recycled oil we are not only cutting down on crude oil demand but also using less energy and creating fewer pollutants by doing so. Also, it is the additives in virgin oil that cause wear down and breakout so by using Valvolines new NextGen motor oil you are getting a purer more usable product which when you compare crude oils 15% usable to the 75% usable with recycled it made it pretty clear to me which oil would better serve its purpose at properly maintaining my motor.
So what is the process of recycling motoroil? First the motor oil goes through a process called flash distillation which removes water, fuel and solvents. After it is sent through a thin film evaporation which removes metal, asphalt and heavy contaminates. Then it is hydro treated to modify unstable compounds and to form new oil molecules. After which the oil goes through the final distillation process to remove remaining volatiles and to separate into the different grades if needed.
With higher temperature deposit protection, better wear protection and lower oxidation stability I was very impressed with the final results Valvoline has made with NextGen. Would I use Valvolines new NextGen motor oil in my own vehicles? Yes, but the question is would you? If you would like more information on this product, please stop by www.nextgenmotoroil.com or try it for yourself, after all we only want what’s best for out rides!!