DT80 tests emissions
Test results support claims
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.