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What a Year…

So it wasn’t a great year for motorsport but we were definitely luckier in Queensland than other states at least…

As events are winding up for the year, we are closing for the Christmas break a bit earlier than normal so we can do some equipment maintenance and catch up on some unfinished projects.


From the extended period of 14th December 2020 to 1st February 2021 we may be difficult to get on the phone but we will still answer emails at least once a day for orders and enquiries, and can still organise shipping and pick-ups.

We will be stopping for our normal holiday times between 23rd December 2020 to 4th January 2021


So I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year holiday break!

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Time to Test!

As the country shuts down and grinds to a halt, and all motorsport (and fun) is essentially banned, maybe it is time to take advantage of the pause in proceedings and head to the dyno to find a competitive advantage in time for the reopening?

ETS Drums

We are still open and are offering cheap shipping of the 19L drums.  Contactless pickups are possible on the larger drums if necessary too!


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New fuels and the 2020 season is approaching!

As most motorsport enthusiasts would be aware,  a leaded fuel ban for all Australian motorsports came into effect on the 1st of July 2019.  It mainly affected the drag racing competitors, especially those using the benchmark leaded P14 fuel that showed fantastic power gains before the ban came into effect.  The ban obviously did not effect our other drag fuel – XPRO DRAG 2 due to it already being unleaded (and even approved for use in freshwater lakes and waterways if you want to go fast on every surface!), but the ETS chemists were already at work formulating lead replacement fuels with the highest performance possible…

We now have some exciting news that a new container load of fuels has arrived and it is loaded with the new leaded replacement fuels in plenty of time before next years season!  What a Christmas present!

There are two new Andra approved drag fuels – XPRO DRAG 3 that has a higher oxygen content and a development of XPRO DRAG 2 (which will still be sold as it suits other engine configurations), and the new XPD105.  The results from testing are showing to be a further improvement on the leaded fuels that were the leading the way!

Also to be release soon is the new Z85 PERFO which is an E85-like fuel that offers a very high consistency of oxygen content. Its unique formulation offers a much faster combustion speed, significantly higher energy and long-term protection compared to E85 pump station fuels.  The gains from testing so far are unbelievable until you try it!

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Online Ordering! Finally available!

Online ordering is finally available from our secure web shop!

We think our new ordering option is as painless as we can make it, but unfortunately there are a few issues to buying fuel online.  Like most other racing fuels on the Australian market, the majority of the ETS Racing Fuel range (such as the new leaded P14 drag fuel and our exceptionally popular Extra Max fuel) does not comply with the Australian Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 which governs the environmental impact.  Our federal exemption to sell these fuels requires us to keep a copy of the purchasers motorsport licence on file which can be sent via email.  It is a bit of a pain but at least it only has to be done on the first order…  (NB, This does not apply to ETS 100MA3 Racing Fuel which can be used in road vehicles as well as when required in Motorcycling Australia events…)

Freight for the 19L drums is still available at a fantastic rate to local areas shown below.  The shipping is overnight to most areas if the order is in by 1:30pm.  The freight prices are automatically added in the cart…

Contact us for a freight price for the larger volume 53L and 200L drums; and also for a price for shipping to any of the areas not shown.  We are working on a cheap freight solution for getting the 19L drums as far north as Cairns.  Stay tuned!


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Available Now – The new P14 Drag Racing Fuel!

ETS Racing Fuels NEW Drag Racing Fuel has been formulated to win and after exhaustive testing, the 115 RON leaded drag racing fuel – P14 is now available in Australia!

Tested here on a Big Block 632 Chev, with a compression ratio of 16.5:1, this fuel showed good gains against a market leading competitors fuel.

With Higher Combustion Speed & Higher Energy, this fuel is already showing improved consistency and speed on the drag strip.

We have plenty of this exciting new fuel in stock and we can send it by courier to your location in Brisbane and the regional area!


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Porsche dyno testing

It seems like I have been spending a lot of time testing fuels these days!  I have tested the ETS Extra Max fuel in most of the standard late model Porsches to see what sort of gains can be made just by pouring in the oxygenated race fuel.  The various Bosch ECUs respond well to the fuel and the gains have been at least 30hp at the wheels with no other changes made.  On cars that have the ability to retune and add boost then the gains that can safely be made are significantly more!  It is cheap power and great for track days…

996 Turbo DynoPorsche 996 ETS Graph

Testing on the chassis dynos has been a great way to check the tune and show the relative gains to be made from the fuel but using a ‘rolling road’ can be a bit problematic.  There are drivetrain and associated losses through the tyres, inconsistency with overheating tyre temperatures (particularly with race rubber), wheel spin and the electronic diff controls on some of the Porsche four wheel drive models just don’t get on particularly well with some dynos…

An increase in power is one thing, but what doesn’t don’t show on a dyno graph is the increased throttle response which gives that extra punch out of the corner, and sound of the engine is so much smoother!

I have been using my engine dyno to do a fair bit of comparison testing too.  It is no secret that I have never been a fan of premium 98 fuel, the lack of consistency from the pump has always scared me.  It is Ok on a car with a factory ECUs that have closed loop controls that wind back the timing when detonation is detected, but on highly strung engines that are used in competition – it is a bit like playing Russian Roulette.  Using the repeatability of the my engine dyno, I did some back to back tests comparing P98 fuel to ETS Extra Max.  The engine I used was a relatively standard air cooled 911 turbo engine.  Like most 911 turbos, it doesn’t have enough airflow over the intercooler so has high inlet air temperatures, and it has the same problem with the oil cooling, particularly after a few laps at the track on a hot QLD summer.  It is the sort of engine that is a bit scary on P98 with any reasonable amount of boost.

The graph below shows the runs from the two fuels.  Obviously the line labelled ‘Hp(1)’ is P98 and ‘Hp’ is Extra Max.  It is a pretty huge difference and the only change I made to the tune was trimming the fuel sites on the Motec M800 to make the lambda about the same.  The blue line is MAP pressure so the engine is just running on waste gate pressure for this test.
ETS vs P98 Fuel comparison low boost

The engine with a bit more boost.  Unfortunately it is running out of airflow but it does have very conservative cams and heads…

ETS ExtraMax boost

And this isn’t the worlds most exciting video but here is the engine in action…





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Understanding Race Fuels…

Energy, Vaporization & Combustion:

An Engine is an energy converter, from chemical energy in gasoline, to kinetic energy (movement of piston), then movement. The conversion is performed by a combustion reaction.   Combustion energy, vaporization heat, combustion speed are 3 very important and related parameters to gain performance:

1 – The combustion Energy is the energy released during the combustion of fuel per kilogram of gasoline (and not per volume). It is the energy available in the fuel. When the lambda (Air/Fuel ratio or richness) value is 1 (stoichiometry), it is called specific energy (Es). The higher it is, the more performance you will gain. You should know that generally the most energetic molecules have the lowest octane numbers (some exceptions for very high prices). You must then choose the right compromise between the minimum octane to avoid engine knocking and the highest specific energy (this rule is only valid for unleaded fuels).FuelTesting
2 – Vaporization Heat is the heat taken from the engine to vaporize the fuel (from liquid phase to gaseous phase). The higher it is, the more it will cook down the engine, and particularly at high revs and the more it improves the cylinder filling (mini turbo effect). Vaporization heat is very high for oxygenated compound.  This allows an exhaust gas temperature decrease and limits the loss of power at the end of the race.
3 – Combustion speed: A piston thermal engine is a very bad energy converter (only 30-35% efficiency). The higher the combustion speed is, the better the efficiency is, thus a gain of performance. The pressure peak on the piston is then higher.  The spark advance needs to be modified as well and in most cases it has to be retarded. Indeed, you must absolutely make sure, that the piston pressure peak appears just after the top dead center (a few V° degrees crankshaft). With a high speed of combustion fuel, if you don’t modify the spark advance (moment when the sparkplug ignite), the pressure peak will oppose on the piston’s way up, and results in a low conversion effiency.

One Fuel – One unique Mapping:

To obtain the best out of a racing fuel it is imperative to tune the engine to the fuel. Preferably by an engine tuner. This is an important step which is called engine mapping (ie 4 stroke engines with fuel injection and electronic ignition) or change the jetting, needles (carbureted engine) and spark advance.  If this step is skipped, you might not see the gain of performance from the fuel, and even damage your engine (mixture too lean if not enriched, operating temperatures too high)


Be aware that THE OCTANE NUMBER IS NOT A VALUE OF POWER.  It is a value that will let you know how high the compression ratio you can use, it is the higher compression ratio that will give you more power.  In the case of a high compression ratio engine, like every racing engine, a racing fuel will be ESSENTIAL if you don’t want to burn your piston by detonation or knocking.
From a chemical point of view, the molecules with the highest octane numbers are in general, molecules releasing little energy during their combustion. The higher the octane number is, the less energy you will have.  Therefore, if your engine requires only octane numbers of MON 89 and RON 102, don’t waste the fuel’s energy by using a MON 94 and RON 108 fuel !!! You won’t gain any performance. Burning this higher octane fuel will release less energy than a lower octane fuel.


Oxygen content will give you a more precise idea of the power you are looking for. Especially for normally aspirated and 2 stroke engines.  Oxygen in fuel is presented in the form of an oxygenated compound. The oxygen atom is present within the molecule of the chemical compound and not under the form of dissolved gas.
With oxygenated fuel, it is like enlarging your carburetor or aspirating more air into your engine. When you bring an additional source of oxygen into the engine, you need to enrich the air/fuel mixture. You will then burn more fuel and obtain extra power, including at high RPM, because of the cylinder filling improvement (mini turbo effect by cooling of the load).
Generally, all pump stations and Avgas 100LL aviation fuels do not contain oxygen except E10 and E85. For high altitude competition (where there is less oxygen) our oxygenated fuels will bring more power.  For any power craft (jet ski) or powerboat fuel, we do not recomend the use of ethanol fuels such as E10, E85 or ETS fuels dedicated to motorcycles and cars, you may experience problems such as water in the fuel tank, or injection pump & injector corrosion.



Once a drum is opened it will keep its initial properties for about 3 Months, then it will still be useable but will start losing a few percent of its benefits.  Air is responsible for fuel oxidation, to minimize the impact after opening a drum, store the remaining fuel in a smaller drum where there will be the minimum amount of air inside.

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Queensland Race Fuel Shipping

We have negotiated better shipping prices for the 20L drums of the 100MA-3 bike fuels!

Shipping within the Brisbane area is now just $10.50!!  And the Brisbane area is really quite big.  Have a look at the photo of the areas covered and call if you are not sure.

Shipping in the regional areas such as Gympie, Tweed Heads and West out to the areas around Toowoomba are only $13.50!  Freight area

That is amazing for a overnight service considering the fuel is classified as Class3 Dangerous Goods.

Shipping to Cairns and everywhere in between is a bit more expensive for just one drum.  Basically, there is a minimum charge so one drum is around $75 and a few drums is the same price…  I am working on options to get the price down…


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Choosing the right racing fuel

octaneMost people believe that the octane number of a fuel will determine which is the best fuel for them, believing the higher the octane the more powerful the race fuel. The octane number is not a value of power, and therefore many people will be surprised to know that a 104 octane unleaded fuel can easily outperform a 109 or 110 octane unleaded fuel in many cases! As each engine, each racing application is different, selecting the right race fuel, is determined by a wide range of factors.

If you provide us with the information we need in this online form – HERE  then we can provide you with expert advice from the ETS chemical engineers.