Petronas Dagangan has introduced its new Petronas Primax 95 with Pro-Drive, which is available at all its stations as of today. The company says that the new petrol formula, which remains an Euro 2M-rated fuel, promises a smoother drive, improved engine response and enhanced fuel efficiency. At some point in the future, its RON 97 and diesel product will also be updated accordingly.

The RON 95 fuel has been updated with a new multi-functional additive package, which includes the world’s first dual friction modifier. According to Petronas, this helps bring down frictional losses by 20% compared to the single friction modifier used previously. By being able to provide a stronger attachment to metal surfaces and offer additional filming, the dual friction modifier allows the engine to run smoother and be more responsive.

The fuel also gets a new double dose of synthetic detergents, which eliminates up to 99% carbon deposits and keeps injectors clean. Also on, a new anti-corrosion additive that provides an engine with double the protection for superior engine performance.

Like before, the new formulation leveraged on workings accomplished in the company’s involvement in Formula 1, and says that 93% of the active chemistry in F1 fuel is similar to that found in the new Primax 95 road fuel.

Development work involved Petronas’ research and development facilities in Europe and the United States, and the company says that extensive engine testing of the fuel was carried out in the US, utilising a cross-sampling of vehicle models such as petrol-based Toyota Corolla and BMW 3 Series variants and hybrids such as the Camry Hybrid and BMW i3 REx.

Aside from the gains in performance listed above, the new fuel also showed better fuel economy in the hybrids, which used less battery power and fuel for the same mileage.

Closer to home, the fuel was also evaluated in real-world conditions. Prior to its launch, two motoring publications, one of which was paultan.org, put the fuel to a blind test with a large number of sampling vehicles. In the paultan.org Mystery Fuel Test, three car models (Nissan X-Trail, 2017 Perodua Myvi and 2016 Honda Civic) owned by 62 motorists evaluated the new Primax 95 formulation, trialling the fuel against various samples.

In all, 92% of the respondents rated the new Petronas fuel as better in terms of smoothness compared to the fuel they currently use. In terms of responsiveness and efficiency, 57% and 50% of respondents thought the new Primax 95 to be better than their current fuel.

To encourage motorists to try out the new Primax 95 with Pro-Drive, Petronas will be giving RM1 off any Kedai Mesra items for every RM30 purchase of the new fuel, from February 1 to February 3.

The company also provided an update on the progress of its Setel e-wallet app. The service can currently be used in 108 stations, up from the 40 reported at the end of November last year. The number is set to swell to 268 by March, when the service is officially launched, moving on to availability of use at more than 600 locations by the end of the year.