One-stop swap: new Castrol Nexcel oil change system explained, CAR+ February 2016

Published: 20 January 2016

► We explain how Castrol's Nexcel works
► The end of traditional oil changes?
► Already on Aston's 820bhp V12 Vulcan

What, an end to rolling around on the floor wrestling with oil filters?

Potentially. Castrol’s latest gem is a self-contained unit incorporating a filter and the required amount of oil. Instead of draining the used oil, swapping the filter and adding clean lubricant (a 20-minute job for most workshops; best part of a day if you’re doing it yourself…), Nexcel promises increased speed and reduced mess – remove the old unit, plug in the new one, done in 90 seconds.  

Cheaper servicing too?

That’s the idea, and should be the case if the time saved is passed on to you, the consumer. Castrol also claims a modest reduction in CO2 output thanks to increased engine efficiency.

Saves the planet too? 

Indeed. Because there’s no contamination – ie, the used oil from your M3 doesn’t end up in the same barrel as filthy black gold from myriad other cars – your old oil can be recycled back into clean quality lubricant, reducing reliance on virgin oil.

Nexcel on my next car? 

Yes, if you’ve ordered a Vulcan – Castol has launched the tech on Aston’s 820bhp V12 track car. Expect Nexcel to feature on other performance cars within the next five years, and on mainstream models by 2025.

By Ben Miller

The editor of CAR magazine, story-teller, average wheel count of three