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First-Ever Two-Stroke Aviation Oil To Be Unveiled At US Sport Expo

Shell Launches New Lubricant For Light Sport Aircraft

The first lubricant developed specifically for use in two stroke aviation engines, AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2, will be introduced by Shell Aviation at the US Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring next week. Shell's aviation research and development specialists in both Europe and the United States have worked closely with major engine manufacturers to produce the world's first dedicated 2-stroke engine oil for light sport aircraft.

AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2 is the first oil specifically developed for 2-stroke engines such as the ROTAX air and water-cooled series engines, and is compatible with both premix and separate oil injection systems. These types of engines commonly encounter intense operating conditions such as full power take off, cruise, descent and idle conditions. A 2-stroke oil formulation is ideal for the varying power outputs and higher operating temperatures experienced by 2-stroke engines.  It also helps reduce the formation of deposits and protects the inherent exposure to corrosion and potential ring sticking in 2-stroke engines. Shell says the formula provides full performance with both unleaded and leaded fuel types, and can be used in most climates.

The launch comes on the heels of the introduction of AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 4, also the first dedicated aviation oil for 4-stroke engines in light sport aircraft. Both products were developed and tested specifically for use in aviation. 

Sebring-based Lockwood Aviation Repair, which promotes itself as an official distributor of the largest inventory of ROTAX engine parts in the U.S., tested the new AeroShell Oil Sport Plus 2 under a variety of severe conditions. Phil Lockwood, president, said, "I was very impressed with Shell's commitment to develop the best possible 2 stroke oil engineered and tested specifically for this demanding application. We are lucky to have their quality control behind this very specialized 2 stroke oil and can be confident they will support any advances to this dedicated formula with further testing."

After the engines were tested, they were then stripped and the components inspected by an expert from an independent, non-profit research and development organization that provides contract research to industrial customers worldwide. The laboratory has previously reviewed other global brand lubricants for heat, pressure and corrosion resistance. 

Shell Aviation is the only company whose aviation lubricant products have the endorsement of ROTAX. This manufacturer recognizes the benefits of AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 2 and AeroShell Oil Sport PLUS 4, which are dedicated products that are highly resistant to the immense shear forces that occur in areas of high-pressure contact such as bearings, pistons, rings and liners. This is where the blend of base oil and additives is most crucial, and another reason to use products that are specifically designed for 2 stroke engines.

FMI: www.shell.com

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