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Team from GM, Ford, FCA reviews how to calculate engine efficiency benefits of high octane fuels

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The preflame reactions are a strong function of temperature, so evaporative cooling from the fuel can also play a significant role, which is particularly important for fuels containing alcohol. To achieve continued improvement in engine efficiency and CO 2 emissions, it is critical to quantify the roles of fuel octane rating and alcohol content. Alcohol and gasoline-alcohol blends also offer efficiency benefits independent of their octane value.

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