I used to think that all fuels are the same and I usually fill up my car at the nearest petrol kiosk. But I was wrong, not all fuels are the same and I just found out why.
Over the weekend, I attended the 2011 Shell FuelSave Challenge which took place in Penang. It was the last round of North, Central and South region challenge and the winners from these regions will proceed to the 2011 Shell FuelSave Challenge Grand Finals in October where they will stand a chance to win the RM50,000 in prize money.
What amazed me was not the prize money but the results from the challenge. Five participants battled out to get the most from their Shell FuelSave 95 filled vehicles. The Shell FuelSave Challenge, which simulates real city driving conditions, aims to demonstrate just how far Malaysian motorists can go with Shell FuelSave 95. The Shell FuelSave 95 is formulated to help motorists save up to one litre of fuel per tank.
The 5 participants had their car filled up with Shell FuelSave 95 to the fullest and then embarked on a 116 km trip from the Jalan Jelawat Shell Station in Penang to Gurun and then back to the station. Each participant are being accompanied by a Marshall during the journey to guide and give them practical driving tips to go the distance and burn less fuel.
The results were amazing. The participants clocked an average of 20 km per litre! The winner goes to Ms Deborah Tan Ai Jern, a petite 25-year-old who clocked 21.3 km per litre! She took home the RM3,000 prize money as the Penang State Winner and she will now join the other two winners, Mr Tan Moh Chuan (Johor) and Mr Lee Chee Kook (Selangor) in the Shell FuelSave Grand Finals.
Now, one may ask how to achieve such great mileage with a litre of fuel?
Local celebrity Fahrin Ahmad, also a Shell FuelSave Ambassador gave us a few pointers on how good driving habits can help save money and get that extra mileage.
I got the chance to meet Ms Christine Liew, Head of Retail Marketing (Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei) of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd. During her speech at the prize giving ceremony, she said, “At Shell, we believe that the long term benefits of Shell FuelSave Challenge go beyond our winners.” I agree with her as I myself have experience great fuel efficiency and performance from Shell FuelSave 95 and I’ve been sharing it with all my friends and family. With Shell FuelSave 95, I’m getting 9 km per litre as compared to less than 7.5 km on others. This is indeed great savings for me as I save more with every litre of petrol poured into my tank.
The event ended with lunch being served to guests and participants. I had to excuse myself since I’ve already have prior lunch appointment with my family.
It was a great initiative by Shell to advocate good driving habits and fuel efficiency amongst Malaysia motorists. Even though it was a hot sunny day, I totally enjoyed the event as it taught me a few more things that I as a motorist tends to take for granted, good driving habits.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is the winner. With the right fuel and proper driving habits, we can all be winners!
Don’t take my words for it. Go give it a try yourself and you will feel the difference.
Now if you really wanna know how you too can save more with Shell FuelSave 95, here’s some Shell FuelSave Tips for you: