When CK Motorsports switched their Sterling Performance engines to E90 American Ethanol fuel produced by Ignite racing fuels, there was quite a buzz from the offshore racing and marine community. Is Ethanol a positive fuel for boating? What are the benefits?
As Ethanol percentages increase in American’s fuel supply, boaters wonder if ethanol is safe for boat engines. Keith Holmes, President and Owner of CK Motorsports in Nunica, Michigan -a Certified Mercury Marine Racing Technician - explored, with the hope of finding more power, reliability, endurance and speed for offshore racing, the Cat Can Do Team made the switch from petroleum based fuels to ethanol. Was it a good move? Are there problems with using Ethanol? We asked Keith some questions.
Q: What is the history of Ethanol fuel?
A: Did you know that Henry Ford produced the first model T to run on both Ethanol and gas? Prohibition, ended the Ethanol production and petrolium gas took over. In the 1940’s Ethanol was added to gasoline to stabilize and eliminate knock. Now E10 (10% Ethanol) is the current standard, and myths have been circulating. We at CK Motorsports don’t see boats lined up at the shop with Ethanol fuel related issues and excited about the results of using E90 in the race boat.