Is there really a clear difference between using regular- and premium-grade fuel? There have been numerous theories or debates about how the two differ from one another, but in my opinion, regular is the run-of-the-mill fuel that everybody needs. Premium on the other hand are for spirited driving due to its higher octane rating that delivers better combustion and faster engine response. In other words, premium fuels such as Shell’s V-Power Nitro+ are designed to deliver performance that excites.

With that in mind, Pilipinas Shell invited select members of the media to experience the performance of their V-Power Nitro+ fuels. Subsequently, the activity educated the participants on Shell premium fuels help fighting gunk and corrosion through the company’s “Stay Ahead” campaign.

We were instructed to meet at Grams Diner in Bonifacio Global City for a short briefing and for the vehicle assignments. Shell told the participants that they would drive all the way to Clark, Pampanga. For this event, the participants were told that would drive three Ford vehicles: the Focus, the Ranger Wildtrak and the limited-edition Mustang.

On the way to Pampanga, we hopped on-board the 2.0-liter Focus Titanium filled with V-Power Nitro+ Gasoline. In case you’re wondering, this Focus delivers 170 PS and 202 Nm of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. We drove through the morning EDSA traffic to reach our first stop which was at Shell Balintawak. When we arrived at our first pit stop, the Focus Titanium yielded 8 km/l while driving at an average speed of 17 km/h.

After slogging through Metro Manila traffic, the Focus finally managed to show its power and acceleration as we made our way into the North Luzon Expressway. On the highway stretch, the Focus’ engine does well, giving you a relaxed and laid back driving feel. As we reached our second pit stop which was at the Clark International Speedway, the fuel economy reading registered 17 km/l.


After the city and highway drive, the group was set to take on the lahar beds of Pampanga using the 3.2-liter Ranger 4×4 Wildtrak powered by V-Power Nitro+ Diesel. As we made our way into the off-road terrain, the Ranger’s 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque enabled us to pass the rough and murky terrain. Subsequently, rain started to pour which made the ground softer and more slippery. Good thing the Ranger didn’t falter.

Then, we headed back to Clark International Speedway to listen to a short talk by Shell Fuel Scientist Mae Ascan.


Ascan’s talk focuses on two components that can hinder engines from performing in tip-top shape. First up, you have the gunk which forms over time in key components of the engine. In detail, Ascan shared that gunk can build up on the diesel engine’s fuel injector nozzle holes and on the intake valves of gasoline engines.

The second threat to engine performance is corrosion. According to Ascan, engine corrosion can occur with the exposure of metal parts to moisture, air and other elements. With this, Shell claims that their V-Power Nitro+ fuels contain anti-corrosion components, designed to form a protective film on metal surfaces. In addition, V-Power Nitro+ fuels are formulated with cleaning agents that prevent and remove gunk build-up to keep your engine in tip-top shape.

In line with this, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail Anthony Lawrence Yam said that the company aims to help motorists to win against the threats of gunk and corrosion.

“In our thrust to continue bringing exciting drives on the road, we at Shell believe that maintenance and performance go hand in hand. Through the Shell V-Power Nitro+ “Stay Ahead” campaign, we aim to help motorists win against the double threats of gunk and corrosion, which hinder their vehicles from performing at its best,” said Yam.


After the brief talk on the benefits of using Shell’s V-Power Nitro+ fuels, participants were ready to take on the final part of the drive wherein they would drive through a straight slalom as well as weave through different obstacles and drive around the racetrack on-board the limited-edition 5.0-liter Mustang powered by Shell V-Power Nitro+ Racing. With its 441 PS engine, you can instantly feel the power and acceleration of the Mustang as you step on the gas pedal. The Mustang’s light steering and agile handling were showcased as we drove through a straight slalom. Furthermore, one could not help but notice the engine roar of the limited-edition Mustang as it tackled the Clark International Speedway.


Overall, the activity was able to highlight the performance and the benefits of fueling up with Shell V-Power Nitro+. Aside from driving the said Ford vehicles in different road conditions, Shell showcased how their premium fuels can help protect your engines from gunk and corrosion as well as enabling it to deliver a performance that excites.

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