Archives: methanol

E85 as a Racing Fuel

E85 is examined as a racing fuel.  E85 is a combination of ethanol and low octane gasoline.  Some racers report more power from E85 than from methanol.  On the other hand, when the Indy Car League converted from methanol to straight ethanol, dynamometer tests revealed a reduction in power after the conversion.

METHANOL FUEL CHECK IN DRAG RACING

Question: Methanol for both IHRA and NHRA Drag Racing Answer: Both organizations test methanol with different methods. If you have fuel that passes one organization, it may or may not pass the other organization all of the time. I met the fuel check supervisors for both organizations when I was developing 5000 Horsepower on Methanol, […]

TOP END LUBE ADDITIVE TO METHANOL

Question: Top lube? Answer: Most racers I have talked to have good success with top lube to inhibit corrosion. Some previous info mentioned some accumulation over time. The reason NHRA and IHRA do not allow it in fuel checks is they cannot distinguish between power enhancing additives (illegal) and top lube in their tests. So […]

METHANOL, BLOWER, & REAL HIGH COMPRESSION

Question: Can we put an 8-71 blower on a high output, normally aspirated Big Block V-8 with very high compression ratio (15 to 1)? Answer: The detonation can be controlled with enrichment and air to fuel ratio control, theoretically regardless of the compression ratio. However, I am not sure about the mechanical strength of the […]