Congratulations to Corey Buttigieg on the Geelong Harley-Davidson Pro Stock bike, on winning the New Years Thunder at Willowbank recently.
Powered by ETS P14, and with some magic from Wes from Wes Engines, Terry from IM Composite Technologies and Gareth from H & K Auto Electrical & Mechanical this bike just keeps getting faster.
Congratulations to Romain Dumas for winning Pikes Peak – again!
Having won in 2014 and 2016, Romain Dumas took victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the third time in the 2017 event. Driving the Norma MXX RD Limited and fuelled by ETS Racing Fuel, he successfully defended his title, a feat that had not been accomplished since Monster Tajima from 2006 to 2011.
Frenchman Romain Dumas is quite the legend in today’s motorsport scene. Having run each and every 24 Hours of Le Mans race since 2001 and every FIA World Endurance Championship since 2012, Dumas has now become the third-most successful Pikes Peak driver after Rod Millen and Nobuhiro Tajima. Driving an updated version of the Norma M20 RD, the French driver won the race quite comfortably, crossing the finish line no fewer than 28 seconds ahead of Peter Cunningham and his Acura TLX GT. His winning time: 9:05.672 seconds.
For those people living in the dark, The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,110 ft (4,300 m), on grades averaging 7.2%.
The course is not only one of the most challenging in the world for drivers, but it is unique in the motorsport world from a mechanical design perspective. Not only are the rules essentially free; there is the added complication from drastic change in altitude which results in a massive loss of air temperature and density. Engines will lose about 30 percent of their power towards the end of the run, so having a specially blended racing fuel from ETS Racing Fuels is an essential part of minimising power loss due to the lack of oxygen in the air and maximising reliability.
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!
It was an exciting and somewhat confusing end to the 2016 Australian Rally Championship season, with the final results not being decided until after the final round in Coffs Harbour, at the shared World Rally Championship round. Confusion reigned after a three day fight for the championship that had punctures changing the leaderboard, and ultimately a timing error and resulting penalty deciding the outcome between Simon Evans in the ETS Subaru, Harry Bates in the Toyota and the ever consistent Molly Taylor in her Subaru.
Congratulations to Molly for the Australian Championship win! That needs to be extended to Simon in second place and Harry taking third, as well as all of the other competitors running ETS fuels for a hard fought championship.
Here is some footage from the South Australian round of the championship showing Simon in the ETS supported Subaru at work…
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…
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.
The engine with a bit more boost. Unfortunately it is running out of airflow but it does have very conservative cams and heads…
And this isn’t the worlds most exciting video but here is the engine in action…