New Product: VP Introduces Q16 Racing Fuel
SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 27, 2008) Q16, the newest blend from VP Racing Fuels, could be the best race fuel for drag racing ever made, according to Steve Burns, VP’s President and Director-R&D. “And I realize that’s quite a statement, given all the drag race fuels we’ve made over the years with most still being used quite successfully,” said Burns. ”But testing for Q16 has exceeded all expectations. With more power, octane and consistency, the performance gains available with Q16 are truly eye-popping. And Q16 will work well not only in drag racing, but circle track and off road, spanning the application range better than any fuel ever made—from naturally aspirated to nitrous to blowers.”
Those who have used Q16 with success include 3-time World Champion, Mike Ferderer, who said, “Q16 is the most consistent fuel I’ve ever run – it covers up the fuel delivery problems that every motor has. And with the horsepower gain it offers, it’s truly the biggest bang you’ll ever get for the dollars spent on performance.”
Pro Line Racing’s Steve Petty said, “We were already making 3100 Hp on VP’s C16, so when I saw a gain of 150 Hp with Q16, I was blown away! We also picked up .05 in our 1/8 mile ET.” Q16 already has a NHRA U.S. Nationals championship to its credit, as Andrew Thomas won the Super Gas title last September in Indianapolis, after not winning a race the whole season on his previous fuel.
Q16 offers benefits in three key areas:
Power – Q16 has 10% oxygen content by weight, requiring a 4-6% increase in fuel flow, which contributes to making 4-6% more power than competitors’ 116 octane fuels. With its rapid vaporization rate, Q16 has superior burning speed and makes more pressure in the cylinders, both of which also make more power. Q16 still has relatively low vapor pressure, unusual in a fuel with an oxygen content and vaporization rate this high.
Octane –Q16 has a motor octane of 116, virtually the same as VP’s C16, but its resistance to detonation is even better—6 to 8 numbers higher than its standard ASTM rating—due to the increased fuel flow. Notably, Q16 also will contribute to lower engine operating temperatures due to more efficient combustion which yields lower exhaust gas temperatures. Q16 is recommended for engines with compression ratios up to 17:1.Consistency – Due to its oxygenated compounds and better vaporization, Q16 offers a wider air-fuel ratio and improves fuel distribution cylinder to cylinder. As a result, Q16’s consistency from run to run is unsurpassed, a critical factor for bracket racers. In bracket cars that vary .02-.04 in ET during the day, Q16 has routinely demonstrated it will cut the variation in half, to .01-.02. The performance of a Q16-powered vehicle also won’t vary as dramatically with altitude or density changes.
VP Racing has been manufacturing the best fuels for motorsports since 1975. With more than 60 unique blends, VP has fueled champions in virtually every racing category and class – from drag racing, circle track and road racing, to motocross, off-road, off-shore and even airplane racing.VP Racing is the Official Racing Fuel of NHRA Championship Drag Racing as well as exclusive fuel supplier and/or sponsor of American LeMans; American Motorcycle Association (AMA); Champ Car Atlantic; Championship Off Road Racing (CORR); NMRA (National Mustang Racing Association); National Muscle Car Association (NMCA); and Star Mazda, among many others.
In addition to fuels, VP’s product line includes performance chemicals, specialty lubricants and traction adhesives – each designed to produce the most power and best performance in their respective racing applications. More information can be obtained from VP’s website – vpracingfuels.com.