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New GF-6 standard motor oil will be introduced in 2020

The American Petroleum Institute and International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee have worked together to develop a new generation of motor oil.

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) and International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee (ILSAC) have worked together to develop the next generation of motor oil, designated GF-6. The current generation of motor oil is designated GF-5.

The new oil standard took seven years to develop. To get to the final formulation standard, API's team work with ILSAC and the oil companies to test and evaluate the proposed formulations in a variety of engines, including ones from General Motors and Ford.

The GF-6 oil designation was developed in response to the evolving needs of modern powertrains, specifically turbocharged engines. Original equipment manufacturers are more frequently using turbochargers in their lineups as regulations regarding fuel economy stiffen. GF-6 standard oils are also designed to reduce low-speed pre-ignition and timing chain wear.

API has specified that the GF-6 oils will be split into two subcategories - GF-6A and GF-6B. The GF-6A standard is backward-compatible for SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 0W-30, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30. The GF-6B standard is for modern engines that use SAE 0W-16.

Petroleum manufacturers and regulators have set May 1, 2020 as the official start date for the sale of licensed GF-6 motor oil.

To find out what oil viscosity your car takes, check the owner's manual.

For ease while shopping at the store, GF-6 oils that have been certified by API can be recognized by a starburst symbol designating their official license status.

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The McLaren Artura was unveiled earlier this year.

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The McLaren Artura is quicker than a Porsche 911 off the line, but still not as fast as the Tesla Model X Plaid. The hybrid supercar has had its acceleration figures verified with its zero to 60 mph time coming in at 3.0 seconds. The Model X Plaid gets there in 2.5 seconds and the911 Carrera 4S Coupe takes 3.5 seconds.

McLaren also divulged its figures for acceleration to longer distances:

  • Zero to 124 mph: 8.3 seconds
  • Zero to 186 mph: 21.5 seconds
  • Standing quarter-mile: 10.7 seconds

The car's time to 124 mph makes it slower than the McLaren Senna and 765LT by several seconds. Lotus brags that its Evija all-electric hypercar can hit 186 mph from a standstill in a blistering 9 seconds. The Artura's quarter-mile time makes it as quick as a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The car has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 205 mph.

The Artura uses this electric motor to help it set its performance marks.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

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"The McLaren Artura's all-new, super-lightweight electrified powertrain is at the cutting-edge of high-performance-hybrid technology, engineered to offer all of the advantages of internal combustion and electric power in one package and establish new benchmarks for combined performance and efficiency in the supercar class," said Geoff Grose, Chief Engineer, McLaren Automotive. "The 'clean-sheet' design of the Artura has allowed us to focus on how to make this power accessible to the driver and deliver the levels of engagement expected from a McLaren."

The Artura gets its power from a newly developed twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 617 brake horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The engine is 110 pounds lighter than the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that's in other McLarens. The engine is paired with an electric motor and a 7.4 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery.

The battery pack is nested in the car's architecture and takes just 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80 percent under the perfect charging conditions. The automaker says that the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in "minutes" under "normal driving conditions". McLaren backs the battery with a six-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Drivers can adjust how the car's electric motor is deployed to prioritize range or power, or choose to shut off the internal combustion engine altogether and run on electricity only.

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The Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition is inspired by vintage watches from the 1940s.

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A limited collection of just 25 timepieces is designed to infuse the style and elegance of the 1940s with modern chronograph technology. The new Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition launches this month.

The wristwatch is a fresh take on the original Breitling Premier watches of the 40s. It features a 42 millimeter case wrapped in 18 karat red gold with rectangular chronograph pushers, a gold-brown alligator strap, and a transparent sapphire caseback that reveals the movement of its 22-karat gold oscillating weight.

A release from the company details that the. distinctive green dial, reminiscent of the British racing green, is the highlight of the piece. The Breitling-Bentley partnership has used similar coloring in other endeavors.

Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition

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The timepiece is powered by the Manufacture Caliber B21. The COSC-certified tourbillon movement offers around 55 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant up to 100 meters.

The partnership between Bentley and Beitling is a few decades old but the passion for the combination of Breitling timepieces and luxury cars goes back much further. Willy Breitling, the grandson of the brand's founder Léon Breitling, was a passionate Bentley driver. He patented the chronograph with two independent pushers at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock in 1934. In 1940 he designed the original Premier wristwatches, the company's first link that moved them from pure purpose to style. As Willy saw it, "When a man puts on his watch, it is the unmistakeable stamp of impeccable taste."

The watch has a $52,000 starting MSRP.

Late last year, Bentley showed off its branded specialty watches, which were developed in partnership with Jacob the Jeweler. The timepieces from the Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon collection bring together the feeling evoked by the raw power of the Chiron super sports car and the artistry of its design into a timepiece.

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