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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.

Kim

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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All Shell petrol contains up to 5% ethanol as stipulated by the European fuel specification. Virtually all outlets sell petrol with ethanol. Even one of my friend was telling me about his truck performance he has Ram 5500 that he use for 24 Hour Towing in New York, the he realize some improvement in performance after ethanol, but thanks for the info i enjoyed.

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