Think All Premium Fuels Are the Same?

We hear “gasoline is gasoline” pretty often and it’s simply not true. When you fill up with Shell V-Power® NiTRO+, you’re fueling your vehicle with the results of a 70-year Innovation Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ race fuel used in the Formula 1™ Scuderia Ferrari V6 engines contains 99% of the same compounds as the Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline you find at your local Shell station.

How is Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ different?

Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ is formulated with four levels of defence designed to quickly get to the surfaces of critical engine components, forming a protective barrier against four threats to an engine:

  • Gunk
  • Wear
  • Corrosion
  • Friction

In addition to being engineered with those four levels of defence, Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ keeps your engine running like new* with:

  • The highest octane of all Shell fuels
  • Seven times the minimum amount of cleaning agents required by federal standard

Learn more about how the four levels of defence keep your engine running like new* below.

Engineered With Four Levels of Defence

What is Gunk?

What is Gunk?

Gunk is another name for carbon deposits that can build up on intake valves and fuel injectors, which can make your engine work less efficiently. Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ has 7x the cleaning agents required to meet federal standards and removes an average of 70% of baked-in deposits left by lower-quality premium gasoline, starting with the very first tank.** Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ provides unsurpassed protection against gunk to help improve engine performance.

This image depicts intake value deposit results based on a 16,000 km vehicle fleet test of port fuel injected vehicles comparing Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ with lowest additive concentration (LAC) gasoline. ** in 4,000 km with continuous use of Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline.

What is Wear?

What is Wear?

Wear can occur slowly, over time, when two metal surfaces rub against each other, leading to loss of metal from those surfaces. This can occur in the piston assembly, fuel pump and fuel injectors and can cause higher oil consumption, loss of power and higher emissions. Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ provides our best protection against wear and tear in your engine.

This image depicts wear results obtained using ASTM D6079 comparing Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ with lowest additive concentration (LAC) gasoline. Results depicted may not reflect what consumers see in their vehicles under normal driving conditions.

What is Corrosion?

What is Corrosion?

Corrosion is caused by moisture and other contaminants that can make their way into a vehicle’s fuel tank. It can impact the fuel pump, fuel lines and fuel injectors. Furthermore, formation of particles from corrosive processes such as rusting of steel surfaces can contribute to the blockage of fuel filters, impacting overall vehicle operation. Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ is formulated with a unique agent to provide unbeatable protection against corrosion.

This image depicts corrosion results obtained using ASTM D7548/D665 using corrosive saltwater. Results depicted may not reflect what consumers will see in their vehicles under normal driving conditions.

What is Friction?

What is Friction?

Friction in your engine occurs as piston rings move against cylinder walls, generating heat, wasting energy, and reducing the overall efficiency of your engine. Too much friction can also damage metal surfaces, increasing wear on critical engine parts. Our proprietary Shell SmoothGlide Technology provides our best protection against friction by filling in the rough spots in your engine, forming a protective layer to help reduce friction and improve efficiency.

This image depicts Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ with friction reducing molecules. Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ reduces friction at interior engine surfaces. Images are for illustrative purposes only.

What is Octane?

Every gasoline has a number on the pump that indicates its octane value. The octane value of a fuel is a measurement of its resistance to auto-ignition. The higher the octane of the gasoline, the less likely it is to self-ignite (knock) under the high temperature and pressure conditions of the engine, ensuring combustion only begins as intended: when the spark plug fires.

This means improved performance. Modern engines are often able to detect combustion quality (knock) and adjust their settings (ignition timing) to exploit higher octane gasoline.

Will My Vehicle Benefit from the Increased Octane Found in a Premium Fuel?

Different vehicles require different levels of octane. To determine the appropriate octane level for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Car manufacturers recommend or require higher octane for a reason. Not using the right octane level can have detrimental effects on an engines’ performance.

Just like using lower quality regular gasoline can lead to gunky build-up, using lower quality premium gasolines can have the same impact on your engine. Using a high-quality premium gasoline can provide benefits that go beyond octane.

The four levels of defence are found in both Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ 91 and 93, and provides total engine protection. The more regularly you use Shell V-Power® NiTRO+, the more you will see the benefits to your engine.


Learn about our 70-year Innovation Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari and how it delivers solutions from track to road. Plus, discover exclusive behind-the-scenes content with the drivers from the 2021 F1™ Season.

Find out more about Shell and Scuderia Ferrari.



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*in engines that continuously use Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline