Can you use octane booster instead of premium gas?

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asked Jul 3 in Other-Cars/Transportation by spoonerrigger (1,280 points)
Can you use octane booster instead of premium gas?

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answered Jul 8 by Gazpacho (6,500 points)
You can use octane booster instead of premium gas but if you really want the performance you should use premium gasoline instead.

If you want high-quality octane fuel, you should be ready to pay for it.

Octane boosters will work out only for high compression engines like a sports car.

Race cars and performance cars are designed to run on high-octane fuels because these types of fuels can generate power.

Octane Booster does also clean fuel injectors.

The Octane Booster contains other additives that work to clean the fuel injectors and fuel system so you not only boost the engine performance through increased octane you also clean the fuel system and fuel injectors which also add to the increase in engine performance.

93 octane fuel or gasoline does burn slower than other lower octane fuels.

Higher Octane fuels burn slower while lower octane fuels burn faster.

These octane level numbers (87, 89, 91, etc.).

Lower octane gas burns quicker than higher octane, and so require less energy to ignite.

However, this also means that lower octanes burn more quickly in high pressure environments, and can have a greater tendency to knock.

Octane is a hydrocarbon and an alkane with the chemical formula C8H18, and the condensed structural formula CH3(CH2)6CH3.

Octane has many structural isomers that differ by the amount and location of branching in the carbon chain.

One of these isomers, 2,2,4-trimethylpentane (commonly called iso-octane) is used as one of the standard values in the octane rating scale.

Octane is a component of gasoline.

As with all low-molecular-weight hydrocarbons, octane is volatile and very flammable.

"Octane" is colloquially used as a short form of "octane rating," particularly in the expression "high octane". "Octane rating" is an index of a fuel's ability to resist engine knock at high compression, which is a characteristic of octane's branched-chain isomers, especially iso-octane.

The octane rating was originally determined by mixing fuels from only heptane and 2,2,4-trimethylpentane (a highly branched octane), and assigning anti-knock ratings of zero for pure heptane and 100 for pure 2,2,4-trimethylpentane.

The anti-knock rating of this mixture would be the same as the percentage of the latter in the mix.

Different isomers of octane can contribute to a lower or higher octane rating.

For example, n-octane (the straight chain of 8 carbon atoms with no branching) has a -20 (negative) Research Octane Rating, whereas pure 2,2,4-trimethylpentane has an RON rating of 100.

Some fuels have an octane rating higher than 100, notably those containing methanol or ethanol.

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