Classic cars may need ‘extensive mechanical modifications’ when E10 fuel is launched

Classic cars may need ‘extensive mechanical modifications’ when E10 fuel is launched

Classic cars will not be able to run on the new fuel when it is launched in 2021 which could force motorists to make “mechanical modifications” to their vehicles. Experts warn updates could cost thousands of pounds with many owners unable to afford the changes needed to keep their cars on the road. 

Hagerty UK Managing Director Marcus Atkinson said: “While the news may be unwelcome, raising awareness of the issue will ensure as many classic vehicle owners are as pre-prepared as possible.”

Tests from the Department for Transport have identified a series of issues in older cars using the new fuel. 

Experts warn of degradation in fuel hoses and seals, blocked fuel filters and damaged fuel pumps as a result of the using the new E10 fuel. 

Corroded carburettors, blocked injectors and corrosion in the fuel tanks are other issues which may arise from using the petrol. 

The tool will allow owners to check whether their car is compatible with the new fuel to avoid motorists being caught out with the changes. 

The PRA also warns many classic car owners may already be compatible with the new fuel. 

Owners of old cars who have made simple modifications or upgrades since the introduction of E5 fuel may find their cars can also run on the new petrol. 

Phil Monger, Technical Director at the PRA says: “Vehicles that are very old will have materials that will not be compatible with E5 either. 

“E10 will only hasten the day when it causes you some difficulty with those materials.” 

The new fuel could reduce carbon emissions by up to 750,000 tonnes per year which would be the same as removing 350,000 cars off the road. 

The introduction of the new petrol will help the government towards their 2050 zero carbon targets. 

Published at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:57:00 +0000