Packshot of Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40

Fully synthetic motor oil – Shell’s most advanced formulation for high-performance engines.

Today’s vehicles need a motor oil that keeps pace with their changing demands and does more to improve performance and engine life. This is why Shell came up with an entirely new way to produce synthetic base oils, made from natural gas with our patented SHELL PUREPLUS TECHNOLOGY.

Shell Helix Ultra is a range of top-tier motor oil that is formulated using the unique SHELL PUREPLUS TECHNOLOGY, yielding a motor oil that actively helps keep engines clean. Active Cleansing Technology has always been at the heart of Shell Helix. Starting with the unique Shell PurePlus Technology allows the product to provide even higher levels of cleansing and protection.

Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 provides:

  • Unsurpassed sludge protection – no other motor oil can keep your engine closer to factory clean
  • Exceptional protection and cleansing, even at the longest manufacturer-recommended oil-drain intervals
  • Approved for use by numerous makers of high-performance vehicles and is the only motor oil used by Ferrari

SHELL PUREPLUS TECHNOLOGY is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Base oil makes up approximately 75-90% of motor oil and so this is a significant step-change in the composition.
SHELL PUREPLUS TECHNOLOGY produces base oil that provides enhanced viscosity, friction and volatility performance compared to more prominently used traditional base oils. This means it helps extend engine life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce oil consumption, enhance fuel economy and enable better engine cleanliness.

Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 meets the latest API SN PLUS industry standard protecting turbocharged engines from Low-Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI)
Many vehicle manufacturers use turbochargers to increase the power output
LSPI is a phenomenon seen in small modern Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines on the road today
LSPI occurs when a mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chambers ignites before spark timing.
To prevent damage from LSPI, a new supplemental motor oil specification, API SN PLUS has been developed
Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 is designed to protect turbocharged engines against damage from low-speed pre-ignition (including engine ‘super knock’, broken spark plugs, cracked pistons and even engine failure caused by LSPI)

The product specifications listed above may vary from time to time and may not all be available for sale in South Africa. To obtain a specific recommendation for your vehicle from our SA product portfolio, please use our free online oil recommendation tool, Shell Lubematch.

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