Shell has been able to add a 25 percent gain in power to Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 engine throughout 2015, Autosport reports, and will continue to further develop new fuel and lubricant solutions for the team throughout 2016.
The Ferrari powerplant has made considerable gains in 2015 over 2014, a large portion of which can be chalked up to Shell’s own development. The petroleum company has delivered five all-new blends of fuel to match with various engine upgrades Ferrari has made over the course of the season, helping to get the most of in-season engine development regulations.
“We always planned to undertake an aggressive development programme with Ferrari this year and it has culminated in five new fuel formulations over the year,” Shell innovation manager Guy Lovett told Autosport in an interview.
“Putting them all together, that gives 25 per cent of the overall performance gain of the power unit has been delivered from our fuel and oils, which is a substantial margin.
“In real terms, that equates to almost half a second a lap on an average circuit, which is approximately 30 seconds over an average race distance.
“In an average year, we would normally target anything from one to four new fuels across the year with four being usually the upper maximum.
“The regulations opened up to allow for in-season power unit development and that allowed for us to remap and reoptimise the fuels at every change of engine architecture Ferrari developed through the season.”
With the exact same engine development rules in place in 2016, Shell will continue working closely with Ferrari on various lubricant and fuel solutions.
“From a technical standpoint, it’s really interesting the rules have remained open as it gives us more opportunity to demonstrate technical capabilities,” said Lovett.
“We’ve improved the way we work with Ferrari and the aim is to continue with our aggressive development programme.”