Is Petron about to launch 100-octane fuel?

Good news to owners of performance cars
by Vernon B. Sarne | Nov 19, 2010 Philippine Car News - Petron station

We've received a tip that Petron is set to launch an ultra-premium gasoline fuel with an octane rating of 100. This is certainly great news for those who drive high-performance cars, whose engines' higher compression ratio requires high-octane fuel. Petron's current premium gasoline fuel, Blaze, has an octane rating of 96.

When we asked Petron about the tip, we were told they could give "no comment until Sunday." Which, as far as we're concerned, is the equivalent of answering the question in the affirmative.

Octane rating is an important concern among owners of high-end cars with engines designed for performance. It refers to a fuel's antiknock properties. Knocking is that pinging sound made by an engine due to improper ignition. Severe knocking can actually damage your engine's pistons.

Big-displacement and powerful engines have higher compression ratios, making them more susceptible to air/fuel mixture detonation (which results in that knocking sound). Imagine a piston needing to do more work to deliver the high output of a performance engine, and you'll pretty much understand why the process is more prone to faulty ignition. High-octane petrol, which ignites longer, solves this. The higher the octane rating, the more optimum the performance of the engine will be, allowing the latter to achieve its maximum power potential while also doing wonders for fuel efficiency.

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If you drive a Nissan GT-R, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X or a BMW M5, we suggest you check out the nearest Petron station this Sunday.

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