A pride in knowledge
When Sabine Fleiss tells people her main responsibility is engine oil development and analysis, they’re usually surprised that engine oil requires so much effort and investment. For them, it’s just a lubricating fluid. But when Sabine uses her years of knowledge and experience to explain, people begin to understand that oil is more than just a lubricant, it’s an essential part of the engine.
“I’ve always been interested in chemistry and understanding the complexity of things in detail. But chemical engineering is so much more. It’s about understanding how things work on a micro level - atoms and molecules – and then using this knowledge to improve things like engine oil properties,” explains Sabine Fleiss, Volvo Cars Senior Engineer for Engine Lubricants.
“I love my work and I’m really proud of what I’m doing.”
Volvo Cars’ Senior Engineer for Engine Lubricants
The complexity of engine oil isn’t something most people are familiar with. And the majority of drivers don’t realise every new Volvo car leaves the factory filled with an engine oil specially developed to help it perform to the highest possible standard.
“As well as reducing heat, wear and noise, the oil cools and cleans the engine and prevents corrosion. And these are just the physical and chemical aspects – there are also environmental and economic aspects you have to be aware of.”
As the demands on the engine become greater, the requirements on the engine oil increase as well. Most people are unaware of the benefits a high quality engine oil can provide – not only for their car, but for the environment as well.
An oil for the future
Sabine belongs to the Advanced Engineering Department at Volvo. Her team combines extremely experienced engineers, in all areas of engine development, with the necessary passion and ambition required to develop the most progressive product, while focusing on a commitment towards the environment.
“We want to offer engine oil that lasts longer, protects the engine even better, reduces friction to a minimum and as a result decreases the fuel consumption. That’s why we’re doing it. That’s why I’m doing it.“
Where the magic happens
It’s more than a kilometre long – with a corridor running the entire length of it – and around 6,500 people work there. Every day around 1,200 cars roll out of the doors and onto the roads, and every single one of them is made to order.
Life’s invisible luxury
This article is part of our ‘Passionate people behind Volvo’ series. In this article, we meet two of the experts who work as part of Volvo Cars’ Interior Air Quality Testing Team. As we are guided through their working day, the Interior Air Quality Testing Team explain Volvo Cars’ approach to ensuring Volvo drivers enjoy a clean and healthy in-car environment that is free from emissions.
Luxury for little travellers
The new generation of Volvo Cars child seats was born in conjunction with the release of the all-new Volvo XC90. When it came to choosing the seats that make up the new range, it was decided that as well as providing the usual, reassuringly high levels of safety Volvo Cars is known for, additional focus would be placed on providing children with extra comfort. The new child seats would also feature a luxurious new look that would feel like a natural part of the car’s interior.