DT80 tests emis­sions

Test re­sults sup­port claims

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TIME af­ter time, cus­tomers of Aus­tralian com­pany Cost Ef­fec­tive Main­te­nance keep mak­ing the same claim that their ve­hi­cles run “bet­ter than new” when they use their prod­ucts says

com­pany di­rec­tor Brid Walker.

“It’s a big claim to make,” he said.

“So be­fore we spread that around too much we wanted to get our facts right and back it up sci­en­tif­i­cally.”

And thanks to the fed­eral govern­ment ap­proved DT80 test, which is pri­mar­ily de­signed to test for emis­sions and also mea­sures car­bon diox­ide to cal­cu­late fuel con­sump­tion, they were able to con­firm it.

Mr Walker said he al­ways strived to keep up-to-date on test­ing pro­ce­dures avail­able and re­cently the com­pany, which is based at Sum­ner Park in Bris­bane, was granted ac­cess to a govern­ment test­ing fa­cil­ity that spe­cialised in ve­hi­cle test­ing, where they were able to con­duct the DT80 test.

The test is per­formed un­der dy­namic con­di­tions, de­signed to re­flect real world op­er­at­ing con­di­tions.

Most con­ven­tional test­ing uses con­trolled steady state op­er­at­ing con­di­tions.

The test is per­formed on a pur­pose built, cal­i­brated and cer­ti­fied chas­sis dy­namome­ter and loaded com­pen­sated to sim­u­late a 50 per cent max­i­mum pay­load.

It in­volves two bursts of max­i­mum ac­cel­er­a­tion to 80km/h, fol­lowed by brak­ing to idle speed, then a third burst to 80km/h, fol­lowed by a 60-sec­ond cruise at 80km/h.

Then it pro­vides ac­cu­rate fuel con­sump­tion mea­sure­ments.

The data showed an over­all im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency of 4.7 per cent sav­ing, im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion and im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency un­der cruise mode (a 7.8 per cent sav­ing).

“It was fairly im­pres­sive fig­ures,” he said.

The re­sults were di­rectly achieved by us­ing Cost Ef­fec­tive Main­te­nance’s Diesel Per­for­mance Pack, which con­tains FTC De­car­bonizer, CRD Fuel En­hancer and AW10 An­ti­wear.

“Peo­ple are won­der­ing how can some­thing run bet­ter than new, well it’s a big claim to make un­less you can sup­port it.

By do­ing that and demon­strat­ing that the ve­hi­cle is run­ning bet­ter than new with bet­ter fuel econ­omy and power, it sup­ports those claims,” Mr Walker said.

The test was run late last year.


CLAIMS SUP­PORTED: The test re­sults sup­ported Cost Ef­fec­tive Main­te­nance’s claims of run­ning “bet­ter than new”.

The re­sults of the DT80 test.

The test was per­formed at a Bris­bane City Coun­cil test­ing cen­tre.

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