Kelowna’s Irnie Starts Strong in Southern California

We have been following Marcel Irnie’s motorcycle road racing career since the beginning (2007) and have witnessed his progress as well as the trials and tribulations that come from starting from scratch in the racing biz. His meteoric rise from showing up at a track day on a stock street bike to the Canadian amateur nationals in less than 24 months was a remarkable feat. Advancing up the ladder from there was the tough part. Marcel turned professional a few seasons back, but years of scarce resources and uncompetitive machinery allowed for frequent flashes of brilliance, but mostly a demoralizing grind. While some riders would have packed it in, Irnie’s passion for the sport and innate belief in his own talent drove him to persevere.

Irnie’s persistence is paying off in 2014. Marcel has finally secured sustainable sponsorship and competitive motorcycles. His 2014 season will be an ambitious, event-filled campaign that will take place mainly in the United States. His main focus will be capturing the #1 plate in the WERA West series. He will also be participating in the 3 race “Superbike Shootout” in California, Nevada and Utah, occasional AFM (American Federation of Motorcycles) events, the AMA Pro event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, some CCS (Championship Cup) events in the Eastern US. About the only Canadian event in his sites is the Canadian Superbike round at Mosport, Ontario.

Marcel started his 2014 season by taking part in the final rounds of the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association Winter Series. Chuckwalla is a raceway located west of Los Angeles. During the March 15th and 16th event, Marcel was able to capture wins in the Supersport Open and Formula Open classes, as well as a 2nd place finish in Sunday’s Supersport Open race. Marcel put together an on-board video of Saturday’s Supersport Open win (as shown below). While we can’t all be super-fast road racers, we can ride along and live vicariously for a while.

There is no question that Irnie is showing remarkable pace early on, so this should be an incredibly exciting season from him. We will update Marcel’s progress from time to time in this space.

Update

Marcel has released two three more videos from the March 15-16 Chuckwalla event. The first shows him crashing at 100 mph out of Saturday’s Formula Open race and the second video show him shaking off the crash and coming back to finish second in the Sunday Super Sport Open event. The last video is an exciting battle to the finish in the Sunday Formula Open event.

Diesel engines are meant to work hard and put in long hours, but they do require routine maintenance. While many diesel owners are quite particular about maintenance practices, we submit that there is a vital practice that is often overlooked. What should happen religiously (and often doesn’t) is the addition of a diesel fuel additive at every fill up. Today’s fuel additives employ sophisticated chemistry that might be the most cost-effective performance boost money can buy. Diesel fuel makers are given very minimum standards regarding additives and you can’t assume that all fuel will provide adequate cleaning properties and lubricity.

Five Reasons Why Simply Filling up with Diesel Fuel Isn’t Enough

A good diesel fuel additive contains hardy detergents and lubricants that keep injector and fuel pumps clean and lubricated. There are many benefits of proper fuel system maintenance and here are the top five.

1. Performance

When diesel fuel injectors become fouled with deposits, the fuel spray pattern becomes distorted. Once this occurs, raw fuel shoots into the cylinder in a haphazard fashion rather than in a healthy vaporized pattern. This has a harmful effect on the combustion process which naturally places a drag on performance and overall operation. A good diesel fuel additive will clean up fuel injectors, fuel pumps and even piston crowns and combustion chambers. Engine output from start-up to idle to full throttle is revitalized once a good fuel system cleaning takes place.

2. Fuel Mileage

As with performance, when fuel patterns are fouled and the combustion process is compromised, fuel economy also suffers. Once a good diesel fuel additive completes the “clean up” process and healthy spray patterns are restored, fuel economy can be refurbished and improve anywhere from 1 percent to almost 5 percent. When one applies these numbers against the amount of diesel fuel consumed over the course of a year, it certainly adds up.

3. Lubrication of Fuel Pump and Injectors

Over the course of the last decade, Canadian and US federal governments slashed the allowable sulfur content of diesel fuel by a staggering 97 percent. Sulfur is a vital fuel additive that provides lubrication and crucial anti-wear protection for fuel pumps and injectors. Fuel producers were not obliged to add other anti-wear additives to replace sulfur. Therefore if you want to stave off pump and injector wear, it is up to you to use an additive that can provide this protection.

4. Emissions and Exhaust Smoke

When diesel fuel injectors are clogged, the telltale sign is plumes of white smoke from the exhaust when the operator hits the throttle. Incomplete combustion leads to more fuel burned and increased exhaust smoke and emissions.

5. Soot

Poor fuel combustion can lead to soot deposits in the engine. Soot is a black carbon substance that is exceptionally hard and abrasive. Excessive soot can lead to premature engine wear. A good diesel injector cleaner keeps fuel patterns in good shape which prevents excessive soot production and can also clean out any built-up soot that may be present.

Diesel Fuel Additive Solutions Offered by Oildepot

AMSOIL Diesel Injector Clean Fuel Additive

This potent additive utilizes the latest in fuel additive technology. Diesel Injector Clean removes fuel system deposits to maximize your diesel engine’s performance and fuel mileage potential. Lubricity agents keep everything running smooth and protected from wear.

AMSOIL Diesel Injector Clean Plus Cold Flow Fuel Additive

This product offers diesel gel resistance in cold weather along with all of the same cleaning and lubricating benefits of the aforementioned Diesel Injector Clean additive. This additive lowers the diesel gel point by 15C which greatly improves winter reliability.

While Octane Boost gasoline additives are functional and can be a must in certain situations, we find that many customers misunderstand exactly how they work and when they should be utilized. Many believe that if they pour a bottle of octane boost in their gas tank, the result will be tire-shredding horsepower increases and flames coming out of the tail pipe (that could be a bit of an exaggeration). Let’s explore the myths and truths regarding octane boosts so it is perfectly clear when they should be used and when they can actually be waste of money.

Myth

Octane boosts will increase horsepower in all cases.

Fact

This is the most common fallacy. Octane boost does not increase the energy value of gasoline. Higher octane simply keeps the fuel/air mixture from igniting too early in the face of high compression. When met with high compression and extreme heat, lower octane gasoline can actually ignite before the engine spark occurs. This can cause pre-ignition, engine knock and pinging. In extreme cases, these maladies can cause serious engine damage. Rather than burn hotter, fuel with increased octane actually ignites in a more orderly fashion when met with high compression chamber pressures.

So When Can Octane Boost Be Used?

Increased octane is typically suitable for the following cases:

  • Vehicles that are factory-tuned for high octane fuel.
  • Engines that are modified for higher compression (such as aftermarket cylinder heads).
  • When ignition timing is advanced.

When is Octane Boost a Waste of Money?

If you have a stock engine that requires only regular-grade fuel, octane boost is not likely to offer any improvement in performance. Also if your engine calls for premium gasoline and it performs properly using it (with no pinging or knocking), further increasing the octane of the fuel is not likely to improve performance.

Will Increasing Octane Improve Gas Mileage?

No! Again, higher octane fuel is designed to withstand high combustion pressures, but it will not burn more efficiently in vehicles designed for regular grade fuel. If an engine is designed or modified for premium fuel, then by all means use it or add an octane boost to regular or mid-grade if premium is not available.

At the pumps, you may be tempted to use mid-grade or premium because marketing claims that it offers better efficiency and fuel system cleaning benefits. If your car calls for regular gas, do not get sucked in by this money-wasting ruse. Instead, clean out your fuel system with a bottle of P.i. Gasoline Additive every few months. Your mileage and performance will be maintained and you can keep the extra money in your jeans.

Can Adding Too Much Octane Boost Blow My Engine?

No. Again, increased octane actually moderates the ignition process, so you are not going to melt your engine. There is a law of diminishing returns when it comes to octane so over-doing it is not at all helpful. A bit too much octane boost also isn’t going to cause disaster.

Octane Boost Products Offered by Oildepot

AMSOIL Dominator Octane Boost

A safe, effective and potent octane boost that is ideal for any 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine. Dominator Octane is ideal for racing engines, street rods, classic cars, snowmobiles and more. Also acts as lead replacement in gasoline for vintage cars.

AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost (4-stroke engines only)

Guards against pinging and engine knock in motorcycles, 4-stroke snowmobiles, ATV’s and more. Also contains cleaning agents to keep the fuel system and combustion chamber clean for optimum performance.