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Beyond Octane

Overheard at the local track: “High octane fuels burn slower.” “My motor doesn’t need all that octane so that fuel won’t do me any good.” “I need the highest octane so I can max out my timing.” Unfortunately, those statements are not always true. As a matter of fact, those...

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Alcohol and Octane

Alcohols like methyl alcohol (methanol) and ethyl alcohol (ethanol) are often used in race fuels. Sometimes they are a small part of the fuel and sometimes they are a primary component of the fuel. Methanol is commonly used “straight” – that’s why it’s called racing alcohol by many. ...

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