Ex-Mechanic tests X-1R Octane Booster on Driving Holiday
We at Automology have been raving about our sponsor X-1R’s products—the same company that has been supplying to NASA’s space programme for 23 years now. NASA is probably a better judge than us, and there has been a host of tests conducted by independent labs to prove that X-1R works, but we still feel validated every time we hear yet another testimonial from a satisfied X-1R customer—an everyday driver like you and us.
This time, the story wafted over land and seas from Down Under, to reach our ears. (Okay, so it really was via fibre-optic submarine cables and we got it via email). The X-1R distributor in Australia found out that one of its customers, a Mr Peter Morgan, was embarking on a long and leisurely driving holiday with his wife. Peter is a retired motor mechanic, so there was no better person to offer a discerning first-hand review of X-1R’s Octane Booster.
As you might have deduced from its name, the product increases the Octane Number of the fuel—by three whole numbers; with this “premium fuel”, the vehicle’s engine also improves in performance, thus giving out more power on less fuel. (Read more here.)
But being an experienced car guy, Peter wasn’t so quick to believe the claims printed on the bottle: “I have seen similar products come and go for years, so to say I was sceptical was an understatement, but I did agree to test the product for him,” Peter said. Fair enough.
So, Peter fed his 2008 NS Pajero, which has a 3.8-litre petrol engine, its first bottle of the fuel additive, and it certainly could use a little boost as it would be dragging a 2010 Coromal Pop-Top Caravan all the way up and down and across Australia.
He and the missus set off from Melbourne to Perth, via Darwin, on the 1st of June 2017. When they reached Mildura some 550 kilometres later, Peter found that the vehicle’s fuel usage averaged 21 l/100km—it usually averages 20–24 l/100km. Okay, still early days.
Peter filled up the tank and added the third bottle of Octane Booster, and onwards they drove. When they rolled into Peterborough, about 400 kilometres later, the fuel usage had improve to 19 l/100km. Now we’re talking. By the time they reached Alice Springs (about 1,300 kilometres later), they were averaging 17 l/100km.
“I then found I had no additive left, so we continued on,” Peter said. On the first tank without the Octane Booster, the Pajero averaged 19 l/100km. It eventually reverted to its normal fuel consumption and for the rest of the trip, the vehicle consumed 20–23 l/100km.
The entire trip covered around 17,000 kilometres, and the roving duo reached Perth four months later. “I believe that had we used the X-1R Octane Booster for the whole trip, we would have saved around 10–15% of our fuel cost,” was Peter’s conclusion.
So, what does the sceptic now say about the product? “I now get my X-1R Octane Booster by the carton.”