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The Italian F1 team Ferrari and their associate Shell showed charming testing last week, Shell V-Power fuel you put in your road car is in any way the same to the Shell V-Power race fuel used by the Ferrari F1 team at each F1 race.

Formula 1 governing body, FIA regulations instruct that F1 race fuels must be composed of compounds normally found in commercial fuels, but there are some tightly controlled areas where they can innovate with additives for more power or to control temperatures and such like. A lot of work goes into this.

Lots of Shell V-Power consumers may be surprised to know that 99% of the chemistry in Shell V-Power race fuel is the same to that of Shell V-Power road fuel bought at Shell forecourts around the world.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso did the comparison experiment at Fiorano with a 2009 Ferrari F1 car (a two year old car is allowed to test under FIA rules, but not one more recent) and drove four laps using the race fuel, setting a fastest lap time of 1:03.950. He then did a similar length run on the road car fuel and was 9/10ths slower, the race fuel being notably superior in pick up and acceleration, but the road fuel amazingly was faster in top speed at the end of the straight.

“99% of the chemistry in Shell V-Power race fuel is identical to the chemistry used in the road fuel that can be bought at Shell forecourts,” said Alonso. “The Shell V-Power road fuel felt just as quick as the Formula One fuel. It’s a nice surprise.”

Watch the video below, Alonso tested Shell V-Power road fuel in his Ferrari F1 car

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