BP launches 'UK's highest-octane fuel'
24 April 2006

BP is targeting the trackday market by launching the highest-octane fuel on sale in the United Kingdom.

BP Ultimate 102 has a RON rating of 102, higher than Tesco's 99 RON super unleaded and Shell Optimax, which is 98 RON. The new fuel will only be available at half a dozen outlets across the country, although BP says it might expand its availability if demand proves sufficient.

BP says that only 'tuned cars' will benefit from Ultimate 102's extra performance. It claims that in its tests with tuned vehicles, the fuel gave between 4 and 7.5 per cent more power than its regular 97 RON Ultimate Unleaded. Evo owners take note, though - on a turbocharged vehicle with increased boost pressure, Ultimate 102 increased grunt by 8.6 per cent overall, and by as much as a 16 per cent at certain points in the rev range.

If you want to try Ultimate 102 for yourself, chances are you'll have to travel to get it. It's only available at the following sites - Tudor Filling Station in Maidstone, Chicheley Park Connect in Newport Pagnell, Wavendon Gate Connect in Milton Keynes, All Saints Self Serve in Portsmouth, Newbury Centre Filling Station in Newbury Park and Newham Way Service Station in Canning Town, London.

And the price? Sources suggest that Ultimate 102 will set you back £2.42 per litre - which will bring a tear to the eye almost as quickly as the fumes, one suspects...

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