Many cars in Europe run on diesel:
- goes much longer on the same amount of fuel
- modern diesel run very I mean very fast and have loads of torque
- diesel fuel is noticably cheaper
- I can drive for 1000 Kilometers on a tank!
- diesel engines last much longer; I know a Merc diesel, which has run over
650,000 Km on it's first engine!
So if you're driving in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany etc. 12,000
miles per year or more, it's worth while to switch over to diesel.
From: Max Heim [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: zaterdag 8 juli 2000 1:41
Subject: Re: Octane and altitude ratios???
Thanks, I think that resolves my question nicely. Now I am wondering, how
did the French ever allow 10% benzene content in fuel? I have the
impression that benzene is pretty nasty stuff. You don't think they're
still doing it, do you? When I was there all the cars seemed to be diesel.
Bullwinkle had this to say:
>However, gasoline/alcohol/benzene blends were acceptable, as indicated by
>experience in France with a blend consisting of 75 percent gasoline, 15
>percent alcohol, and 10 percent benzene.
>Ethyl alcohol is an oxygenate, in other words it gives off more oxygen
>that it uses for combustion. This extra oxygen is used by the other fuel(s)
>during combustion. This extra oxygen increases the amount of fuel being
>per charge: i.e. more complete combustion. Less fuel is needed and less
>from incomplete combustion is released via the exhaust. If this increased
>efficiency more than offsets the diluted nature of the gasoline, it stands
>that the ethanol will give more power with less consumption. And if you
>it will also do it on a leaner mixture as the oxygen is in the fuel and
>the air ingested. Perhaps the author should have used "higher fuel oxygen
>ratio" instead of "higher fuel air ratio" but would that have been
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