Visiting the Shell Technology Center, Part 2: The Law of Unleaded [w/videos]

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Shell invited us to its Technology Center near Houston, Texas to learn more about its V-Power premium gasoline, and we ended up learning not only about detergent additives but also what the Internet thinks happens inside a car’s engine. In Part One of the story of our visit, we tackled the Internet and the engine internals, laying out the ways in which some of your engine’s parts get layered in carbon buildup because of gasoline.

In Part Two, we’ll continue with the engine internals, going back to the rise of fuel injected engines and the efforts by carmakers – led by BMW North America – to improve the quality of US gasoline, the federal mandates for gasoline and the introduction of the Top Tier Gas designation. We’ll then move onto Shell in particular, and how its work with the Ferrari Formula One team led to V-Power premium gas.

As with Part One, the facts in Part Two apply to every gasoline refiner. We’ll refer to Shell products specifically because it was their Technology Center we visited and their engineers we spoke to, but the gasoline education pages for Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP all say the same thing up until the line, “You should buy our gas because…”, and the automaker research and the scientific studies take no sides.

So follow along – we’re almost done.

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