Conventional base oils are the backbone of 90 percent of the worlds lubricants. Theyre familiar, reliable and widely available.
For more demanding performance or environmental needs, though, formulators must look to the exotic chemistry set known as API Group V base oils. This umbrella category includes naphthenics, a spectrum of pricey synthetics, and biobased fluids. The Group V category is also where youll find a fresh wave of base oils promising both enhanced performance and sustainability, so customers can lubricate well while doing good.