Classic car owners urged to use fuel with ‘lower ethanol content’ after E10 fuel updates

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The HCVA says owners of older models should use older E5 petrol to limit the possible risks of damage. Meanwhile, they warn classic cars will “run more efficiently” when topped up with higher octane petrol.

E5 fuel will still be sold at most forecourts even after the changes but it is likely to be harder to find the fuel.

But it is now under the Super Unleaded grade meaning it will be slightly more expensive than it was before the start of this month.

However, Malcolm Mckay, spokesperson for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) said the cost premium “is not huge” especially if drivers shop around.

He said: “Fuels with lower ethanol content (labelled E5) are still available.

“The government has pledged to keep them available for five years and this dispensation is renewable, but availability will depend on demand.”

He added: “The only E5 fuels available are the higher octane ones – 97 or 99 octane – but this is not a problem as all petrol vehicles will run on them and, if properly adjusted, will run more efficiently on these fuels, counteracting to some extent their higher cost.

“If you shop around, the cost premium is not huge – most supermarkets stock 97 octane E5, though sometimes only at one pump.

“For older engines with 9:1 compression or higher, that were originally designed for 100 octane fuel, 99 octane fuels are available.”

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The HCVA says older models requiring 99 Octane fuel should look at high-street fuels such as Esso’s Synergy Supreme+ 99.

They also recommend Shell V-Power 99 which contains no more than five percent ethanol.

Esso has confirmed to the HCVA its 99 Octane fuel is ethanol-free in the majority of UK forecourts.

Classic car owners are urged to not use the new E10 fuel due to the possible risks involved with the new fuel.

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