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Sunoco Offers Cyclone 17 Fuel for IHRA Racers

Friday, 14 May 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla, — Sunoco Race Fuels, the official fuel of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), has expanded its product line with a new fuel called Cyclone 17.

Cyclone 17 is a 117-octane leaded racing fuel that is designed to offer benefits to the IHRA racer.

Sunoco needed a new fuel to add some flexibility for racers who race all year long. In the beginning and end of the season the lower temperatures can reduce the volatility of racing fuels. In pump fuels the evaporation characteristics are adjusted by changing the composition at the terminal to match colder ambient temperatures.

Gasoline needs to partially evaporate to allow for fuel/air mixing in the gaseous phase in order to support combustion. As the engine warms up there will be more heat in the engine compartment to help evaporate the gasoline.

However, many drag racers prefer to go down the track without warming up the engine. Running a cold engine can offer some benefits in other areas like coolant and lubrication. Cyclone 17 can evaporate quicker at lower temperatures when compared to other race fuels. During the summer months, the ambient air temperature will be high enough to adequately evaporate all our fuels and reduce the noticeable advantage of Cyclone 17.



This new fuel is a good fit for a wide variety of engines. Engines with large intake runners and cylinder heads with high flow bench results will enjoy the increased evaporation of Cyclone 17.

Cyclone 17 is one of 20 different specialty race fuels that Sunoco manufactures out of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Sunoco has been blending high octane race fuels for over 45 years and has developed many blends that help racers become champions.

Sunoco’s products are consistently made through the use of a distillation tower and dedicated blending facility that ensures year after year repeatable products. Sunoco’s dedicated operation is key to producing fuels that are a cut above other fuels. Sunoco is in the business of providing the same product year after year to help reduce the variables that racers face at the track.

Through its IHRA partnership, Sunoco Race Fuels rewards racers who use Sunoco Race Fuels in Top, Mod, Sportsman and Junior Dragster classes at IHRA Sportsman Spectacular, IHRA Summit Team Finals, IHRA Junior Dragster Team Finals, and IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals through IHRA round prize program.

For more information about Sunoco Race Fuels products visit SunocoRaceFuels.com

For more information about IHRA membership, click here or call (561) 337-3446.

Last modified on Friday, 14 May 2021
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