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Ethanol in petrol, a threat to classic cars, help is at hand!

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Classic Lotus and other classic vehicle owners may be concerned about the increasing amounts of ethanol contained in pump fuel. Many articles have been written and this is just a small extract from the Guardian newspaper.  "Ethanol is also a powerful solvent that, without a suitable additive, attacks many fuel system components including zinc and galvanised materials, brass, copper, aluminium, seals and hoses, cork, polyurethane and epoxy resins. In other words, almost everything used in a vehicle made more than about 20 years ago. It’s also hydrophilic, and water causes all sorts of additional problems."

We were advised that Esso supreme+ unleaded does not contain ethanol and as a classic car insurer we thought we would pass this information on to our clients.  Esso were asked to comment and in a response from Esso itself, they advised:
Answer from ESSO.
Esso super unleaded petrol (Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded 97) is ethanol free (except in Devon, Cornwall, the Teesside area and Scotland) and we have no current intention to add ethanol to Synergy Supreme+ in other areas of the UK. We would therefore advise anyone who has concerns about the presence of ethanol in petrol to use Synergy Supreme+

So for classic vehicle owners this may be welcome news.  Please note we have no affinity to Esso and pass this on as potentially useful information.


Routen Chaplin Insurance.

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Very good info there Kim thanks for sharing.

Ethanol not good news for older cars that sit about a fair bit with petrol in their fuel systems, that's 90% of all Lotus then!

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