FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does Bazell Race Fuels store their fuel?
A. We store our fuel in underground tanks except for a few of the specialty fuels we buy
in drums. We have surprisingly little storage for the amount of fuel we sell. Most of our fuel deliveries are done on the way to
or on the way back from the refinery.
Q. Can I store my fuel through the winter?
A. Race fuel has a very good shelf life. It
is however, very sensitive to light, so it should not be stored in clear containers. Fuel
can be stored for extended periods of time as long as it is in an air tight container.
Race fuel jugs are not good for long-term storage; if you are going to store your fuel for
the winter, use a steel drum and keep it inside.
Q. What is Octane?
A. Quite simply, octane is a fuels resistance to burn. The higher the octane, the
easier it can withstand higher compression and temperature without igniting and causing
pre-ignition or detonation.
Q. What is Detonation?
A. Fuel doesnt explode as much as it burns. A proper fuel air mix will have a flame
front that travels from the initial ignition point (spark plug) and travels across the
face of the piston. Detonation occurs when the fuel mixture ignites other than at the
spark plug. This causes several flame fronts and when these flame fronts collide you have
detonation. Higher octane fuel will usually solve the problem.
Q. What is pre-ignition?
A. Pre-ignition is exactly that, the fuel ignites before the spark plug fires. This is
usually caused by hot spots within the cylinder. Higher octane fuel will usually solve the
Q. What Octane should I be running in my car?
A. This is one of the most asked questions and it is also one of the hardest questions to
simply answer. A lot of information is needed to assess an engines needs. A rule of
thumb to start with is compression. The fuels page of this site will help you determine
what Octane you should start with.
Q. I have a low compression engine. Why
shouldnt I run aviation fuel?
A. Aviation fuel usually has an octane number of around 103 (r+m/2) and it has a
relatively low lead content. Aviation fuel is designed to burn at a high altitude and
relatively low RPM. Unlike airplane use, racing applications have a wider RPM range and
the air is much denser. Therefore, aviation
fuel is not a good choice.
Q. What can I put in my fuel to increase horsepower?
A. There are a lot of products on the market that claim increased horsepower. I am not an expert on all of these products, but I
have not seen any of these work as they are advertised. It is possible to put chemicals in
the fuel that increases the power output, but in most cases this will cause you more
problems than it is worth. Fuel designers have worked to give us the safest and most
powerful fuels available and back yard chemistry will usually end up with bad results.
Q. Will Nitromethane make my car faster?
A. Nitromethane is a very powerful fuel, and it can be used to increase power output in
racing applications. Nitro does not mix well with gasoline so therefore you are restricted
to alcohol applications only. Nitro creates tremendous amounts of heat when it is ignited,
and without spending obscene amounts of money, it is hard to use nitro in racing
Q. What would happen if I put leaded gas in my street car?
A. If your street car has pollution control devices (catalytic converters) or oxygen
sensors it would not be wise to do this. The lead in the fuel will ruin the O2
eventually plug the catalytic converters. Leaded gas is illegal to run
on the street. Our GT-100 is an unleaded race fuel that is legal for street use and
performs great in the newer vehicles.
Q. Why is Sunoco Standard 110 listed as 115 at my track?
A. Sometimes fuel is listed by the research octane number (RON) for marketing purposes.
Bazell Oil always uses the anti-knock index (RON + MON/2) to market our fuel.
Q. What grade of Methanol does Bazell Race Fuels sell?
A. There is a lot of misconception about methanol and the types of methanol on the market
today. We buy methanol with a minimum purity of 99.95%. Some people believe there is a
difference between industrial methanol and racing methanol, but there is no difference.
The key is to make sure of the purity of the product. Some of the confusion comes from the
reclaimed methanol on the market. Reclaimed methanol is methanol that has been used in a
manufacturing process and is then recycled and cleaned. Methanol is very fragile, and
reclaimed methanol cannot be cleaned completely. Its
purity will be lower than "virgin" product.
Q. Why wont my methanol pass the "water test"?
A. The water test is a way of checking for the presence of hydrocarbons. Personally I
dont like this test, because it tells you that there is a hydrocarbon in the
methanol but it doesnt tell you anything more. This test is extremely sensitive, so
it can detect a hydrocarbon of less than 1%. A teaspoon of gasoline in 20 gallons of
methanol will fail the test.
01/25/02 Russ Bradford,
Bazell Race Fuels
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