tech guide

An es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent for any fast Vaux­hall, we take a look at the many dif­fer­ent types of fuel avail­able...

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - Words: Steve ‘Stav’ Neo­phy­tou

We re­veal the facts

about fuel.

Along with air, fuel is the one thing an en­gine re­ally needs. An en­gine will run (al­beit not for long), with­out oil, but it sim­ply can­not func­tion with­out fuel. tech fea­ture on fu­els will of­ten talk about how the stuff is made, the re­fine­ment pro­cesses it goes through, and how it ba­si­cally orig­i­nates from a load of dead fish and plants buried un­der the sea – all bor­ing and pretty ir­rel­e­vant stuff when it comes tun­ing Vaux­halls.

What is im­por­tant, how­ever, is the fact that fuel, when mixed with air, then com­pressed and ig­nited, is what gives an en­gine its en­ergy.

So you can see it’s a fairly cru­cial in­gre­di­ent when it comes to the search for more power. And when you start look­ing at ex­otic stuff like E85 ethanol, methanol, and nitro­meth­ane, it’s clear there are many more types of fuel than just the reg­u­lar petrol and diesel va­ri­eties you see at your lo­cal petrol sta­tion. And even these have many dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions when you start look­ing closely at them. So, let’s find out what’s what when it comes to fuel…

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