NEW; NULON E85 FUEL TREATMENT

NEW; NULON E85 FUEL TREATMENT

THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE EVER CHANGING FUEL INDUSTRY

E85 is probably the most popular fuel for high performance engines on the market today. If you go to a race track anywhere around the country you are almost certainly going to smell the sweet smell of E85 burning, but what is E85 and why is it so popular? E85, like E10, is a blend of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and unleaded petrol. The ethanol itself is an oxygenated alternative fuel that is derived from renewable resources such as sugarcane, sorghum and grain crops. It is then processed, distilled and blended with unleaded petrol in different ratios depending on the end product required, ie: E10 (10% ethanol & 90% unleaded petrol) and E85 (85% ethanol & 15% unleaded petrol). Ethanol fuels have been somewhat utilised in the automotive industry since the 1800’s, including Henry Ford’s first vehicle the “quadricycle” in 1896, but they have only become mainstream in Australia during the past 2 decades

E85 provides a number of benefits over unleaded petrol and some purpose built race fuels for that matter. It is also readily available at selected petrol stations around the country. Due to its high RON rating E85 reduces the potential for detonation (pinging) making it ideal for use in high compression and forced induction engines. The typical RON rating of E85 that is available at the pump is approximately 105 RON and it is comparable in price to premium unleaded petrol. There are some race fuel manufacturers that produce E85 with higher RON ratings up to about 115-120 RON, which are far more expensive

The ethanol in E85 is oxygenated and because of this E85 has the ability to be successfully run at far richer air/fuel ratios (as per all alcohol fuels) which produces more power when combusted. Alcohol based fuels such as E85 also have a cooling effect and due to this the intake charge is denser with fuel and oxygen which again produces more power per combustion cycle

While this all sounds great, ethanol blends such as E85 definitely have their disadvantages too. One of the main disadvantages is that ethanol blends all contain less energy by volume when compared to straight unleaded petrol. E85 typically has 25.2MJ/L whereas unleaded petrol has about 34.8MJ/L which means that to achieve the same power output an engine will need about 40% more E85 by volume. This normally means a larger capacity fuel delivery system needs to be installed into the vehicle and the engine tuned specifically for E85 unless it has a ‘flex fuel’ system fitted to it such as some of the current Holden Commodore & Holden Captiva range or an aftermarket ECU

Another drawback is the potential for fuel system corrosion, but not from the ethanol itself, from water! Ethanol is hygroscopic which mean that it pulls in and holds water molecules. The big problem here is vehicles that have steel fuel tanks and fuel lines. The water in the ethanol will cause rust to occur if left in contact with these steel fuel system components over time

Seal and hose compatibility can also be an issue in some vehicles. This problem is usually restricted to older vehicles that were designed before ethanol fuels became main stream, the same could be said for the steel fuel tank and fuel lines

HOW CAN WE COMBAT THESE ISSUES?

Nulon E85 Performance Fuel Treatment is formulated to protect fuel systems that have been designed or converted to run E85 fuel. This product prevents and inhibits rust and corrosion in the fuel tank, fuel lines and combustion chamber, while keeping injectors clean for optimal engine performance

Nulon E85 Performance Fuel Treatment also allows ethanol fuel to be stored in the car or jerry can for up to 12 months. It can also be used for diesel fuel as a fuel stabiliser for 4x4 or boats during off season storage and will help keep the fuel fresh for up to 12 months

WHY USE NULON’S ETHANOL E85 PERFORMANCE FUEL TREATMENT?

Prevents tank and fuel line corrosion

Helps prevent water contamination

Prevents ethanol fuel splitting and losing RON

Cleans injectors and combustion chambers from power robbing deposits

Keeps Petrol and Diesel fuel fresh for up to 12 months

Treats up to 100 Litres of fuel

AVAILABLE PACK SIZES: 300ml

For more information contact Nulon or your local Nulon representative or call 1800 679 922