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WHAT IS IT? T2 is a two-stroke racing fuel that is already pre-mixed with oil. It requires no mixing; just pour and go.

WHAT’S IT COST? Approximately $61.00 in 5-gallon containers (Price varies with fuel market).

CONTACT? www.vpracingfuels.com or (951) 696-5100.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with VP Racing Fuels’ T2 pre-mixed two-stroke fuel.

 (1) Ethanol. Today riders are also confronted with damage from ethanol-blended pump gas that fouls carburetors and goes bad after just a few weeks in storage. To address those problems, VP Racing Fuels has introduced T2.

(2) Octane. T2 is a leaded fuel with a 105-octane rating (R+M/2). This is more than sufficient to provide all modern two-strokes with protection against detonation. T2 vaporizes better, burns cleaner, contains no ethanol and remains stable in a sealed container for up to two years. It should be noted that T2 is formulated for modern water-cooled two-strokes. If you own an air-cooled two-stroke, please stick with VP’s C12 two-stroke fuel. C12 has a 113 octane rating and is recommended for compression ratios as high as 15:1. It is the go-to gas for ported, milled and air-cooled engines.

(3) Pre-mix ratio. T2 is pre-mixed at a 40:1 ratio with a top-quality, JASO FD-rated, certified premium two-stroke oil. Although VP does not say what two-stroke oil it uses in the T2 mixture, we would bet it is Maxima.

(4) Tech specs. T2 has a specific gravity of 0.732 at 60 degrees. Its Motor Octane Rating (MON) is 101, while its Research Octane Rating (RON) is 109 (resulting in a R+M/2 of 105 octane). It is a leaded and oxygenated fuel (with more oxygen than pump gas).

 (5) Pricing. With 5 gallons of premium pump gas going for around $20.00 and a liter of pre-mix running $15.00, T2 retails for about $30 more than 5 gallons of conventional 91-octane fuel. The price is not comparable, because T2 does not contain any ethanol (pump gas contains at least 10 percent), and the octane rating of T2 is 14 points higher than that of premium pump gas. Plus, T2 is prepackaged in a metal container and has a life span of two years (while pump gas  goes bad in a couple of weeks).

(6) Power. Thanks to its oxygen content and high octane rating, T2 produced more power in our 2015 KTM 250SX. Although the gains were modest across the board, the engine ran crisper, pinging under a load was totally eliminated, and throttle response was better. The T2 offered a degree of consistency that pump gas can never guarantee. The consistent performance is especially important for riders on the road to far-away race events where they have to buy gas from strange stations. Although we didn’t have to rejet for our mildly modified engine, it would be a good idea to carry a one-size larger main and pilot with you to the track to deal with changing temperature and humidity conditions.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Although it’s a better all-around two-stroke fuel, most stock two-strokes do not need 105-octane gas. This is a racing fuel for serious two-stroke racers or riders with modified engines.

You have to want the power increase more than you want the money.