“There is no point filling up a new car with old-style petrol,” says Mbulelo Mthi, BP’s Regional Technology Manager.
“BP Ultimate’s friction modifier additive is delivered to the piston ring and cylinder wall interface, where friction is high and the quantity of oil is low.
“The new additive helps decrease the friction in the engine and together with BP Ultimate’s detergent package, makes the engine work more efficiently, which can result in improved fuel economy and better performance while minimising the uptake of valve deposits in the engine. In the long run, this should result in lower overall vehicle maintenance costs.
“The fuel is suitable for all vehicles, old or new as it was designed to provide benefits for all cars and is fully compatible with all engines that run on unleaded fuel. Essentially, it is tomorrow’s fuel for both today’s and tomorrow’s cars. And BP Ultimate is the only fuel in SA which is recommended by the AA,” says Mthi.
He says reducing friction for improved performance, better fuel economy, lower carbon emissions and reduced wear isn’t the only benefit of the new fuel.
“BP Ultimate has four times the cleaning strength of ordinary fuels so it blasts away harmful deposits. It starts working from the first full tank and the best results are achieved with consistent and on-going use of BP Ultimate Unleaded.
“In addition, BP Ultimate has an anti-corrosion element that reduces rusting, sludge formation and engine wear. And because the fuel is being used more efficiently, fewer harmful emissions are released.
“With consistent use, your vehicle, old or new, could become fitter and healthier, making it drive virtually like new again.”
Mthi says latest research done in the UK shows that global pressure for greater fuel economy, higher environmental concerns regarding emission standards along with shifts in consumer preferences, have forced automakers to focus on powertrain engineering to design better and more fuel efficient vehicles.
“Some motorists might see hybrids and electric cars as a solution, but the top motor manufacturers have found downsized turbocharged engines at the heart of lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles as a cost effective competitor to hybrids and electric vehicles.
“The future for electrification of all motor vehicles remains uncertain, but for the next few years, we believe better engine and transmission designs driven by improved fuels like BP Ultimate unleaded and BP Ultimate Diesel will be largely sufficient to meet tighter fuel economy standards.
The latest research from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers in SA (NAAMSA) shows that petrol vehicles are still the most popular in SA by far.
There are currently 4,8-million petrol driven vehicles ( 90,4% of the total passenger vehicles in SA today) and only 3 300 odd hybrid cars (0,06%) while Diesel vehicles currently account for only 9,5% of all cars.
Stuart Rayner, Chairman of NAAMSA’s Fuel & Emissions Technical Committee, says both petrol and diesel technology has improved significantly in recent years.
“The current trend in Europe is leaning strongly toward smaller engine capacity, turbo-charged petrol vehicles which offer high fuel efficiency and lower manufacture costs. These vehicles are also increasingly being introduced in South Africa.
Rayner says about half the passenger cars on the roads in SA today are newer type vehicles which have fuel injection engines and catalytic converters and each new vehicle model launched is targeted to be more fuel efficient than its predecessors.