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      08-17-2006, 07:40 AM   #1
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Thought you guys may be interested in this info regarding Tesco 99 ron fuel:




Tesco 99 Octane

Thorney Motorsport have carried out independent tests on Tesco 99 Octane,
BP Ultimate & Shell Optimax. The results are staggering. Their report
reads:

"The test data shows the car running on 95 octane fuel (we used a local
Total
petrol station for consistency) and the jump in power and torque when
changing
to either Shell Optimax or BP Ultimate is quite significant. However what
we
also found was there was another jump when changing to the Tesco 99 Octane
fuel . The peak power figures measured were also telling:

95 Octane Fuel* ******* 177.3bhp
Shell Optimax * ******* 180.1bhp
BP Ultimate *** ******* 182.5bhp
Tesco 99 Octane ******* 185.4bhp

So switching from 95 octane fuel to Tesco 99 Octane gave an extra 8.1bhp
(almost 5%). As well as these peak gains the charts show a clear
improvement
throughout the rev range

So, the bottom line? Using Tesco 99 Octane fuel will make your car
powerful. It
will feel faster, accelerate faster and perform better. If you’re going to
tune your
car at least give it the best fuel it can run on and in our opinion, based
on
extensive testing that fuel is Tesco 99 Octane."

I'm particularly pleased with 99 Octane. Differentiating a petrol offer is
never easy
*- we have done it and beaten a number of the world's biggest
multinationals to it.
Credit must go to the guys at Greenergy - they have put in great effort to
get this
launched and a success. Our sponsorship of the British Rally Championship
has
also been a great advert for the fuel.
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Great - what car did they test on? I remember they tested this sort of thing on fifth gear some months ago and it made very little difference in a normal car, but a huge difference in a performance one (I think they tested in Subaru WRX STI)

I'm planning to use super unleaded most of the time in the 330i - but I may just try this......
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I've tried Tesco's 99 Octane once only.

Strangely, the car seemed to want to be revved more than normal!

It was certainly cheaper than the Shell Optimax which I normally use & gave pretty much the same mileage.

So, I might give it a another few tries before deciding which of the 2 to settle on.

Thanks for the review, Snake.

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I'm going to try this Tesco 99 stuff. I'm off to the Lake District next weekend and then to UK2 in September so will see how it performs on those trips. Does the Tesco 99 come with a flake or is that extra?
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Does the Tesco 99 come with a flake or is that extra?



Nice one
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The way i see it is ...

if you're gonna buy a car with a performance engine, which lets face it, the 330i is, you must surely wanna get the optimum performace out the pup.

Feed it the best fuel available & in order of preference I would say:

Tesco 99 ron (with free flake) .. and club card points
or
Shell Optimax 98 ron (soon to be 99 ron though later this year)

Then you're into the other stuff which is all the same ron rating @ 97 ie:

BP Ultimate
Total Excellium
Esso Super Unleaded
Sainsbury's super unleaded

Always avoid using regular 95 ron fuel as you will NOT get the best out of your car .. in which case why buy a performance engine in the 1st place ?

Tesco 99 and Shell Optimax all the way

Need that extra BHP and performance to burn off you 330 "D" drivers
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Better start putting BP ultimate diesel in my 330d then....
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Better start putting BP ultimate diesel in my 330d then....


Yeah !
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Better start putting BP ultimate diesel in my 330d then....
It's the staple diet of my 320d
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The 99RON Shell V-Power is awesome. From the first tankful I noticed it was much smoother and more powerful then Shell Optimax which I normally use. Never tried Tesco 99 so can't compare it to that though!
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Same here ... V-Power is better!!!!

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The 99RON Shell V-Power is awesome. From the first tankful I noticed it was much smoother and more powerful then Shell Optimax which I normally use. Never tried Tesco 99 so can't compare it to that though!
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In a UK E90, what is the recommended minimum octane? The US spec minimum is 91 octane using the (R+M)/2 calculation.
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In a UK E90, what is the recommended minimum octane? The US spec minimum is 91 octane using the (R+M)/2 calculation.
The UK minimum recommended octane for the e90 is 91 RON, Floyd.

If you are going to use that though, you may as well buy a Lexus!

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To get the rated performance and BHP figures in the UK, you have to use 98 RON petrol. Use higher octane and get better performance!
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Right - I've used the v-power stuff a couple of times and she seems to like it - but I have visited 3 tescos now and not seen the 99 ron stuff anywhere.

And their superunleaded is just 97 ron - which makes me feel like I am putting the 330i on a diet
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Right - I've used the v-power stuff a couple of times and she seems to like it - but I have visited 3 tescos now and not seen the 99 ron stuff anywhere.

And their superunleaded is just 97 ron - which makes me feel like I am putting the 330i on a diet
The Tesco '99' is available at all these places!

However, that list is certainly not up to date, as the Tesco Extra place I go to for the '99' isn't on that list.

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Can I use 99 RON fuel with the 320si? Seeing as the engine is partially hand built. The last thing I want is to cause engine damage.

The petrol cap says 91-98RON. I've switched to Super Plus after the run in period. Just wondering if I should switch to VPower or try this Tesco 99RON stuff.
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Can I use 99 RON fuel with the 320si? Seeing as the engine is partially hand built. The last thing I want is to cause engine damage.

The petrol cap says 91-98RON. I've switched to Super Plus after the run in period. Just wondering if I should switch to VPower or try this Tesco 99RON stuff.


I'm pretty sure my petrol cap says the same thing ... but also adds the word "or higher" ... meaning use the highest octan you can get your hands on

I'm pretty sure your car will run better with Shell V Power, Tesco 99 ron or any of the super unleaded's ... I will never run my 330i on regular unleaded, unless and emergency !
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It's interesting to note that usually the HP ratings for the BMWs are based upon running on 98RON, where as the 320Si's 173 was based upon 95RON. So I wonder if the Si will make more HP on 98 or higher. It's particularly true on newer cars with turbos or superchargers that their engine management systems are sensitive to octane ratings because they are hyper sensitive to premature detonation (forced air induction = more heat). So in a supercharged or turbocharged car running the highest octane you can will give higher and more reliable performance.

I'm not sure how that translates to normally aspirated cars though...
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I tried Tescos 99 in our MINI Cooper S and I felt its had more bottom end, was smoother and just generally more lively.

That was quite few months ago ought to try it again now the air temp has dropped 15C+
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I spoke to BMW who told me that it wont make any difference in using 95 or 99. I decided that i'd give it a try. I have noticed that the car is a lot smoother and seems more eager. I've covered 6.5k so far so I am tempted to switch back to regular to see if there is any difference.

The car has some issues with its oil level sensor at the moment, so its going in to be checked next week. As I have no dipstick the OBC reports that the oil level is OK - as its half level. I'm not sure its ok and I don't know how much to top it up by!
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I spoke to BMW who told me that it wont make any difference in using 95 or 99. I decided that i'd give it a try. I have noticed that the car is a lot smoother and seems more eager. I've covered 6.5k so far so I am tempted to switch back to regular to see if there is any difference.

The car has some issues with its oil level sensor at the moment, so its going in to be checked next week. As I have no dipstick the OBC reports that the oil level is OK - as its half level. I'm not sure its ok and I don't know how much to top it up by!
I still haven't found the tesco stuff - but the higher the RON the better really.

I'm mostly using the 99 rnon shell vpower stuff and I do think it helps.

As to the oil sensor - I'm assuming you mean that the bars are showing half way between max and min and that the check control message is OK. That's how mine is - presumably it will keep saying OK until it reachs min.

Like you I don't really know how much oil to add though.
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