13.6.05

Optimax, An Appraisal

I don’t have a great car (though I do long for one) but nevertheless treat the one I’ve got with respect. Respect in terms of fuel means a regular diet of Shell Optimax. Many of my friends and colleagues assume that I’ve been suckered by the Ferrari-orientated marketing hype and that my 10 year old Volkswagen with its ageing 1.6litre lump will not benefit from this premium fuel. But this is where they’re wrong. Being a bit of a geek, I monitor my fuel consumption with religious zeal. The average cost of Optimax for me over the last year has been about 90p. On average a tank takes me 307.77 miles at 38.39 MPG, an average cost per mile of 11p. Compare this to combination of Esso Super and BP Ultimate (90p, 220 miles at 35.29 MPG, 12p per mile). At 12k miles per annum that’s £120 saved, not to mention the hidden benefits of reduced engine wear. When I hear Novas, Micras and Corsas tearing round the Ipswich one-way system with their exhausts popping and grumbling I can’t help but smile to think of their tanks filled with inferior supermarket fuel (84p, 294.20 miles at 38.09 MPG, 10p per mile). Honest John’s column in the Sunday Telegraph and his website generally shows a dislike for cheap supermarket grade (RON 95) fuel. Optimax gives noticeably more power too. Now, as a premier Optimax customer I get a swanky loyalty card and even more Airmiles. Lovely. By the way I’ve got the Lotus Exige Optimax Card if anyone needs it …

4 comments:

Tom said...

Hello!
Yes, if you've still got it I could really do with the lotus exige card if you have it. If you do, please contact me @ tomfarebrother@yahoo.co.uk
Tom

Tom said...

Hello!
Yes, if you've still got it I could really do with the lotus exige card. If you do, please contact me @ tomfarebrother@yahoo.co.uk
Tom

Robert said...

Hiya
It would be briliant if you could e-mail me with the details to get the Lotus Exige card you have in your possesion. Please e-mail me at - bob.maxwell31@btopenworld.com

warren arter said...

Nice wind up about the exige.

I like it.

Warren.