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What is Methanol Injection?

Methanol injection is nothing new. Like nitrous oxide and superchargers, it has been used as far back as World War II to help power German fighter planes. It never seemed to catch up to the aftermarket/ performance industry- until now.

HP Alley is proud to introduce our new methanol controller  system at an affordable price. Available for forced induction gasoline and nitrous applications, these systems inject methanol  into the engine using a high-pressure fuel pump with regulator. This mixture allows for more ignition timing, increases boost capability in supercharged or turbocharged applications, lowers air intake temperature, and provides an additional source of very high-octane fuel—all without increasing the chance of damaging detonation.

Methanol Injection: How it Works
The secret to methanol injection lies in its key ingredients. Methanol is a high octane fuel that is also extremely resistant to detonation. It has a tendency to absorb heat out of the air—something known as “latent heat of vaporization.” T The cooler, denser intake charge reduces the chances of detonation even as the high-octane methanol boosts power.

Methanol FAQ?

What are the benefits of methanol injection?
1) More power: the high-octane properties of methanol, along with air cooling properties of the methanol and water, help water/methanol systems produce more power. In addition, the cooler intake temperatures allow you to run more aggressive timing and/or boost (forced induction applications) without increasing the chance of detonation. 2) Reduced chance of detonation: the lower intake charge temperatures created by the methanol and water mean less chance for engine-damaging detonation. 3) Low cost: compared to running race fuel 4) More economical for the street: methanol is a less expensive high-octane alternative to pure race gas for guys running high compression engines on the street.

Why is methanol used?
Methanol is a very high-octane fuel that is extremely resistant to detonation. Its high latent heat of vaporization also makes it an excellent air charge cooler which means a denser mixture and more horsepower. Because of these characteristics, it suppresses detonation more effectively than ethanol or iso-propanol.

What type of power gains can I expect?
Depending on the system, timing can often be advanced 10 or more degrees when a water/methanol system is used. Boost can often be increased five or more psi. When combined with the cooler air intake charge created by the water and methanol, these changes can net a horsepower increase of up to 20 percent in power-adder applications. In naturally aspirated applications, horsepower gains of 5-10 percent are possible.

Can methanol system improve my fuel economy?
Yes. The higher-octane methanol allows for more spark timing advance and a leaner air/fuel ratio with the use of a programmer. Additionally, most modern cars will detect the combustion of the methanol and reduce the injection of gasoline. This can positively impact gasoline fuel economy.

Where can I purchase Methanol?
Methanol can generally be purchased where racing fuels are sold. It is important to make sure that the methanol is “neat” and therefore has no additives or lubricants added by the supplier.

How long will a tank of methanol last?
This depends on a few variables—horsepower, injection system, settings, and driving style. With the built in float on our methanol tanks, there is no more guessing.  When your methanol level starts to get low, our system will let you know.

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