You’re gonna need a bigger tank. Actually, no, you won’t…
Modern petrol engines are particularly susceptible to a build-up of microscopic dirt, thanks to gasoline direct injection technologies that work in a far harsher environment than more traditional fuel injectors. With GDI engines fitted to a third of all new petrol-powered cars sold – and that’s a proportion that’s set to increase – the result could be reduced fuel economy and shorter engine life.
The same is true on diesel engines, although the deposits are more likely to form a soap-like covering around the injector nozzles, again impacting performance, economy and longevity.
BP has been looking at this problem for the last five years, coming up with BP Ultimate with Active technologies, a fuel it promises will at least help resolve some of the issues.
Containing millions of dirt busting active molecules, the new Ultimate fuel has been designed to tackle the dirt in your engine, eating through dirt to deep clean, protect against future build-up and minimise the problems and harm that dirt in the engine can cause.
The patented technology has been tested thoroughly in both the lab and on the road, going beyond industry-standard tests so as to better represent real-world driving conditions. The end result is a fuel that BP says will really deliver a cleaner engine, whatever the age of the car.
A headline improvement of 21 miles per tank equates to around a 5% improvement in economy, although this isn’t an instant improvement – cleaning a dirty engine takes time, and any improvements will be gradual. Factors including vehicle condition and driving style will also impact the result.
“We set out to develop a fuel that would tackle the problem of harmful dirt, genuinely support engine performance and help people maintain the health of their car and avoid costly trips to a mechanic,” explained BP UK operations director, Priscillah Mabelane. “What we’ve achieved over the last five years is a new range of Ultimate fuels that not only clean engines but start doing so from the very first fill, whatever the age of the engine and help deliver that all-important fuel economy.”
BP Ultimate with ACTIVE Technology is currently being rolled out to BP’s 1,298 fuel stations across the UK.