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Below are the common questions we receive from customers we engage with both at an enquiry level and through the trials.

How did you come up with the idea and how did you make the friction reducer?

The idea was formed over many years in the oil industry based on a concept that if we could reduce friction in the moving parts in the engine, gearbox and axle it would in turn reduce the load and thereon lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This involved significant testing and working on a formula / recipe that would deliver these benefits. 

We are in discussion with major brands, and one has confirmed they view the friction reducer as a small risk, would not look to void any warranty and have asked for the results to be shared with them. 

We are in discussion with some of the manufacturers who have advised they would be interested in supporting us in trials and open to come onto calls to discuss this with potential customers.  

To date we have either tested or are live in DAF, Volvo, Scania, Isuzu and Renault trucks. 

There are 3 primary manufacturers of oil (Castrol, Mobil and Shell) with grades ranging from 10w-40 to 15w-40 for the engine and 75w90 for the gearbox and axle. These are all synthetic based oils and our friction reducer is compatible with all. 

The risk is very low as the volume of friction reducer required is only 2% of the total oil capacity and is designed to coat and protect the moving parts thereon reducing wear. All oils degrade over time hence the need to maintain to the recommended servicing schedule by the manufacturer and to support this we also perform an engine health check where, we confirm the condition of the engine from the inside out before we apply the friction reducer as this ensures there are no issues presenting that need addressing. 

Just over 9 years.

We fully agree, additives been around for number of years promising lots of savings and benefits, however, have often missed the mark in delivery. We’ve taken this into account during the development of our friction reducer and through extended testing and now with live customers we have a proven track record and data that backs up our claims. 

We only need to apply 2% of the friction reducer to the 98% of oil in the engine, gearbox and axle. 

The best way is to perform an analysis of the engine oil and look for the indicators showing particle, chemical and metal build up in conjunction with the Total Base Number (TBN) and Total Acid Number (TAN) 

This will have the effect of increasing and in some cases accelerating wear and degradation of the inside of the engine, gearbox or axle. A high TAN indicates the oil needs changing and likely to also require the engine to be flushed through to ensure the acid build up is removed from the sump. 

The Total Base Number (TBN) is a property that measures the oil’s ability to neutralise acids that form during engine operation. Generally, oils with a low TBN have a reduced capability to neutralize acids resulting in shorter oil-life and diminished protection against corrosion. 

The cost will vary dependent upon the vehicle being dosed as each may take a different amount of friction reducer. The price of the friction reducer is £500 / litre and to give an example a 10 litre V12 truck engine holding 44 litres of oil in the engine would require 880 Millilitres of friction reducer. The cost of this would be £440. The gearbox and axle will also require differing amounts. 

There are a number of factors that will influence the savings achieved including the type of vehicle being dosed, distance travelled, loads carried, frequency of journeys, consistency of journeys etc. From client experiences, and in fuel alone, for every £1 in fuel saved they are achieving a net saving between 70p and 85p.  

The vehicle only needs to be dosed once between each service. This can be performed at the time of the service which would be the ideal time, or, can be dosed between services. If the vehicle is due for a service within 3 months, then we would suggest holding off dosing until the service interval, more so from a cost perspective. 

Technical information about the friction reducer can be found on our web site at (enter link)

Typically we can arrange to apply the friction reducer to your fleet within 2 weeks and as it starts working straight away it can be as short as this.

here are many benefits the friction reducer brings including: 

Reduced fuel costs, lowering harmful CO2 emissions, reducing wear on the engine, gearbox and axle so internal parts will last longer, lowers maintenance costs, reduces the risk of potential breakdowns, extends the life of the vehicle, lowers the total cost of ownership, extends vehicle replacement cycles. 

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The friction reducer is designed to mix with the existing oil and bond with the moving parts such as bearings and in doing so it reduces the friction created by general vehicle use. Through reducing the friction this in turn lowers the wear that arise as parts within the engine, gearbox and axle can move more easily. 

  1. You identify a truck for the trial. 
  2. Confirm you have telematics operational on the chosen truck. 
  3. We take an oil sample to confirm the status of the engine from the inside. 
  4. If the oil sample confirms a clean bill of heath, we then arrange with you to come to site and dose the truck. 
  5. You then drive the truck for a period of 4 weeks. 
  6. At the end of the 4 weeks, we review the results with you. 

Yes, the friction reducer is fully insured for the parts in comes into contact with. 

Yes you can albeit to optimise the return on investment it’s better to apply the friction reducer at the service interval as it lasts between services. 

We have been officially trading since 2022.

The key to the product is the recipe that has taken years to be developed. As a result, we don’t give away what is included as, just like KFC, we would run the risk of it being copied and lose our Intellectual Property. 

There are other products, additives and lubricants on the market, and we can’t really comment as to why someone else hasn’t come up with the formula and recipe we have. It may be down to the amount of trying, failing, trying again over a lengthy period of time that puts many off or something else. It can be a long process to get it right and requires resilience and unfettering desire to create a solution that delivers so many benefits. 

The application process is simple and straight forward. We ask you to warm up the engine first, then turn off the truck. Once turned off we allocate the oil filling point for the engine, gearbox and axle, remove the filler cap and apply the friction reducer through a mastic style applicator. The gearbox and axle require access through the underside of the truck and so would need to be over a service pit to do so safely. Once applied your good to go and drive the truck as normal. 

Yes, we do and all have experienced savings. One customer who came on board last year has averaged 11.1% in fuel savings – data taken from their fuel cards. 

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