In the blending laboratory, multiple small-scale formulations are blended ready for evaluation in a range of performance screening tests.
The formulations produced here are all very different from one another and have unique formulation codes which stay with them throughout their whole testing journey.
Depending on the performance area of interest, some will have minor boosts whilst others may have major changes to the base oil, polymer or additive systems.
Strict physical and chemical limits need to be checked in the Analytical Laboratory to ensure that every formulation is characterised and signed off before further testing can begin.
The oils are then passed through a wide range of screening tests to evaluate areas including oxidation resistance, friction characteristics for clutch and engine friction, anti-wear performance and gearbox protection.
Once completed, the development team assesses the results and selects the best candidates for further modification or for onward evaluation in our motorcycle engine test department.