Cleaner-burning diesel approved for championship racing

Certas Energy has overseen the collaboration with the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA) and Shell to obtain FIA approval on the use of a cleaner burning diesel alternative fuel.

Shell GTL Fuel is a paraffinic fuel that has improved combustion properties inside standard and heavy-duty diesel engines. It can be used as a drop-in fuel in diesel engines without the need for vehicle modifications or new infrastructure. Helping to reduce local air emissions, Shell’s Gas-to-liquid (GTL) Fuel is supplied exclusively in the UK by Certas Energy.

Cleaner burning diesel for championship racing
Fuel testing was undertaken at race meetings at Brands Hatch (pictured here) and Thurxton

Now approved for use with immediate effect in the MV Commercial BTRA Division 2 Truck Racing Championship, Premier Diagnostics, tested racing trucks including SISU, Seddon Atkinson and Renault vehicles running on Shell GTL Fuel and diesel for emissions of harmful pollutants. The tests – run with a four-gas analyser and a DS2 smoke meter – revealed significant reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and smoke when using Shell GTL Fuel compared to conventional diesel.
“We’re very pleased to be supporting the BTRA’s transition to cleaner truck racing,” said  Katrina McDonnell, head of speciality fuels and services.
“With Shell GTL Fuel, visitors to BTRA events can now enjoy races in a cleaner environment. The BTRA always put on a good show for truck racing fans across the country, so we’re delighted at the prospect of that experience being made even better – for drivers and fans alike.”
“Creating the best possible experience for fans is our top priority, and we’re committed to minimising the environmental impact of truck racing,” commented BTRA Championship coordinator, David Wheadon.
“We’re excited that Shell GTL Fuel has been approved for the MV Commercial BTRA Division 2 Truck Racing Championship and are very pleased with the support we’ve received from Certas Energy to facilitate the switch.”

Dedicated emissions studies have shown that Shell GTL Fuel can reduce NOx emissions by up to 37%, and particulate matter (PM) by up to 50% compared to conventional diesel. The cleaner burning diesel alternative is also biodegradable and non-toxic as it is free of harmful components such as sulphur, metals, and aromatics.