VP RACING’S NEW MOTORCYCLE
FUEL PUSHES EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY ENVELOPE
SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 20, 2007) – VP
Racing Fuels, Inc. announced some bad news for
powersports enthusiasts today – it’s
discontinuing U4, its most popular racing fuel
in the powersports market. The good news? VP
came up with something even better – U4.1.
"U4.1 is an updated version of VP’s U4 racing
fuel, with improvements in several significant
areas,” said Steve Burns, VP’s President and
CEO. “Compared to U4, U4.1 offers up to 2% more
power -- translating to as much as 8% more power
than premium pump gas -- as well as no sticky
residue and a less pungent aroma – all for a
lower cost. This is a major technological step,
considering that since its introduction in early
2004, U4 had become perhaps the most successful
racing fuel in the powersports market and VP’s
fourth best selling fuel overall.”
"For its time, U4 was the most
technologically advanced fuel on the market for
its targeted applications,” Burns continued,
“but there are always improvements that can be
made. At the time of U4’s introduction, the
engineering trade-off was a significant gain in
horsepower while accepting its propensity to
accumulate a gummy residue during storage,
requiring fuel tanks to be drained between uses.
For competitors, this was a small inconvenience
in return for 6% more power than premium pump
gas at an economical price.”
“The development of U4.1 – a fuel with all
the upsides of U4 and none of its downsides – is
a real breakthrough and just the latest example
of VP’s technological leadership,” Burns added.
“Although not a high octane fuel, U4.1 runs in
engines with 10:1 to 12:1 compression with
excellent resistance to detonation.
Technologically speaking, this is the best fuel
we have ever produced.”
Like U4, U4.1 is designed for all 4-stroke
applications as well as stock 2-strokes.
"There's virtually no powersports application
that couldn't benefit from this fuel," said
Burns. Oxygenated with ethanol, U4.1 is legal
for off-road use throughout the U.S. Although
U4.1 is illegal for AMA Pro Racing due to its
oxygen content, it’s still legal for AMA
amateur, CCS, WERA, AFM and club level racing.
It will retail for $9-11 per gallon, depending
on the size of container ordered.
U4.1 will yield faster and more responsive
engines without harming carburetors, O-rings or
gaskets like some other race fuels will.
According to Burns, its power gains compare to
VP’s best AMA Pro level race fuels for less than
half the cost – a comparatively easy,
inexpensive way to generate additional power.
For example, a new exhaust system wouldn’t
generate as big a power increase and the
increase would be on a smaller slice of the RPM
range, while U4.1 produces power gains at all
Over its 32-year history, VP Racing has
fueled champions in virtua lly every racing
category and class -- from drag racing, road
racing and circle track to motocross, off-road
and off-shore. VP has earned a reputation for
producing high quality racing fuels with
superior power and consistency – as illustrated
by its sweep of all AMA Pro Racing Championships
in Superbike, Supercross, Motocross and
Supermoto in 2006.
VP is also the official, spec fuel and/or
contingency sponsor of AMA Supercross, AMA
Motocross, Prostar AMA, NHRA, SKUSA, Stars of
Karting, Rmax Challenge and numerous other
In addition to fuels, VP’s product line
includes performance chemicals, specialty
lubricants, traction compounds and
racing-related accessories – each designed to
produce the most power and best performance in
their respective racing applications.