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Speed News April 2016

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RESOURCES: www.boostane.com to the bottom of the tank. So, Lehn took the results of testing and created an additive they could use. "We were using it for our own racing for a long time," Lehn said. "But it wasn't until people started asking for some of our magic juice that Andy and I had the idea that if people are asking for it, why don't I do the engineering part of it and you put that new master's degree to work, and put a label on this and take it to market?" The result was Boostane, an octane booster that can take 93 octane pump gas and lift it to 110 octane for less than the cost of race fuel. Actually, Boostane can increase octane up to 116, but 110 is the tipping point at which it becomes more expensive than race fuel. It's important to point out that the NASA CCR section 18.3.1 says explicitly, that "No fuel additives are allowed unless specifically allowed by the class rules," so check the rulebook before using Boostane for racing applications. "When we were developing the product, we actually looked at the periodic table and it's put together quite ingeniously," Lehn said. "We knew lead did what it said it was going to do, so we tried to pick something that was very close on the periodic table that had some of the same characteristics. And we did that, but just having that element as a part of our formulation wasn't enough." Lehn still had to find a way to keep the ingredients from separating and get them to "play nicely" with one another. He also had to ensure the formula wasn't harmful to emissions equipment like O2 sensors and catalytic converters. The resulting formula won the SEMA Launch Pad competition, which is the automotive aftermarket's equivalent of the TV show "Shark Tank." "I don't want to claim that Anthony and I are the smartest guys in the room. I'd like to say it was because of a lot of hard work, because it was, but I think a lot of it had to do with timing," Lehn said. "There was a lot of technology that came before us, and we were kind of in the position where we had our own need for it. We were able to sit back and with a clean slate look at all the other products that came before us, what people liked and didn't like, and what we could feasibly assess and solve."SN With one quart of Boostane added to 5 gallons of 93 octane fuel, overall octane increased to 107. With added boost and advanced timing, horsepower and torque figures increased significantly without knock 23

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