A New Protocol for the Road Test Evaluation of Gasoline Additive Packages 2006-01-3408
The accurate confirmation of fuel economy benefits arising from the use of a gasoline additive package is a difficult exercise. In order to fully understand, and accurately quantify, the interaction between the treated fuel and the engine it is necessary to carry out a fleet test which allows the benefit to be measured precisely yet under realistic conditions.
A series of road tests, based on a ‘paired fleet’ design, has been carried out over the last two decades. Careful analysis of the results of these tests has led to the design of a new fleet testing protocol based around ‘quads’ rather than pairs of vehicles.
This new test protocol also incorporates advances in vehicle selection and preparation procedures and has resulted in a test that is both more robust and flexible, and that achieves even better resolution than before.