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Motor Whiskey Fuel Thermalizer Additive Review

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4.5 out of 5 stars rating



Most of us assume that if our vehicle’s engine is running, it’s operating how it’s supposed to. But because internal combustion motors are volatile systems which rely on precise chemical reactions, engines don’t always work as efficiently as they’re meant to. That’s why your engine needs help every now and then.

An Oregon-based company has created a patent-pending fuel additive that claims to improve engine performance by raising efficiency, lowering carbon emissions, stabilizing fuel, boosting octane, and increasing power–all through one product. In fact, Motor Whiskey claims to improve engine efficiency and performance by 20%. This veteran-owned, private company began in 2009 in Oregon. It was founded by Bo Rinaldi and Glenn Rodriguez, the latter of whom has been developing the formula for 25 years.

The News Wheel got to take a look at this one-of-a-kind fuel thermalizer.

Product: Motor Whiskey fuel additive
Manufacturer: Motor Whiskey, LLC
Price/Size: $13.00 for 200-ml bottle and $5.00 for 60-ml bottle
Website: http://motorwhiskey.com/

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Product Information

Motor Whiskey advertises itself as the first publicly-sold, commercially available fuel thermalizer. It uses Hydrocarbon Replacement Technology to balance piston pressure and Thin Front Flame Propagation in internal combustion engines. The substance contains no alcohol or synthetic resins, but instead uses combustible, high-energy (HE) hydrocarbon ingredients to counteract the weak energy release and fast burn ratio of ethanol in gasoline. You can read all the technical details on its official website.

Basically, it cleans your injectors, intake valves, and fuel lines of water and foreign matter while stabilizing chemical reactions. Motor Whiskey’s formula was originally developed for NASA rockets and has been reconfigured to optimize all types of motors. It can work in any season and does not void the engine manufacturer’s warranty.

The eco-conscious Motor Whiskey additive is available in four treatments:

  • Original Formula (for everyday cars and vehicles) – maximizes fuel economy, cleans engine, boosts acceleration, and lowers emissions
  • Wet & Dirty (for marine, off-road, & 2-stroke engines) – extends fuel storage, improves cold starts, isolates moisture in system, and repels water/dust
  • Racing Formula (for high-performance off-road, street, motorcycle, & V-twin engines) – creates optimum cylinder temperature, increases torque and horsepower, sustains burn duration, and boosts high-RPM launches
  • Diesel Formula (for diesel engines and fleets) – provides fuel lubricants, improves mileage, enhances vehicle startup likelihood, and lowers emissions

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Motor Whiskey Fuel Thermalizer Additive review labelPackaging/Unboxing

Motor Whiskey owns its unusual name on its packaging. Despite being a chemical fuel additive, the clear, plastic bottle shape and label resembles a drinkable bottle of whiskey. It’s a risky choice–one that drew questions at the office–but considering the amount of attention it garnered (and the big “poison” warning on it), the unusual design is a smart, safe, stylish marketing strategy.

The bottle’s cap is sealed by a black plastic sleeve that unravels once cut with a sharp object. The twist-off bottle cap smoothly comes off and can be re-tightened if needed. There’s no visible leakage though the plastic bottle, though it give off a mild chemical smell.

The labeling is readable (black-and-white print) and organized. The text shows Motor Whiskey is EPA-certified, meant for unleaded fuel, is poisonous, is tested in over 100,000 engines, and is AMA-certified.

My only disappointment with the bottle is the neck shape. Most fuel additives come in a long-neck bottle which lets you pour directly into the tank opening. This one’s design requires careful positioning and a funnel, which you’ll need to have on-hand when pouring.

Instructions for Usage

  1. Add the 6-ounce bottle to your gas tank when you’re filling up your car at the gas station.
  2. With your vehicle on but in Park, rev your engine to 4,000 RPM for 5 seconds, then return to idle.
  3. Repeat revving at 2,500 RPM for 5 seconds
  4. Add the 2-ounce “shot” bottle on each fill-up when your gas tank is below 1/2 full
  5. Repeat the process on a monthly basis for optimal results

Instructions for using Motor Whiskey are printed on the back of the bottle in English.

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Motor Whiskey Fuel Thermalizer Additive usage

Overall Assessment: Does It Do What It Advertises?

While everything Motor Whiskey advertises is all well and good–that it cleans the mechanisms and reduces emissions–most people are concerned about one thing: the improved mileage. Motor Whiskey advertises that it can improve mileage by 20% or more, but I was admittedly skeptical.

We tested Motor Whiskey in a 2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan. While on-road testing makes it difficult to control variables, both tests were performed in a blend of rural country (55 mph) and highway (70 mph) environments.

No Motor Whiskey (overcast, 55-degree weather):

  • Starting odometer reading =28,037
  • Ending odometer reading =28,188
  • Distance driven (miles) =151
  • Gallons Used = 4.5
  • Miles per gallon = 33.5

With Motor Whiskey (rainy, 45-degree weather):

  • Starting odometer reading =28,188
  • Ending odometer reading =28,384
  • Distance driven (miles) = 196
  • Gallons Used = 5.0
  • Miles per gallon = 39.2

Difference: 17%

Motor Whiskey Fuel Thermalizer Additive MPG final reading

Results of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra test. Average MPG estimates on the odometer are slightly off from our calculations.

I was quite pleased with the results of Motor Whiskey in the Elantra. While the difference in MPG didn’t quite reach the advertised 20%, it still put the fuel economy above the car’s official fuel economy rating of 38 mpg highway. Plus, the car felt less sluggish and more responsive when driving in town.

The science behind Motor Whiskey is solid, conceived of by someone who understands the chemical processes behind combustible engines. Even if your engine doesn’t reach the advertised 20% MPG improvement, the effects of this fuel additive to improve engine longevity, emissions, and power are worth it–especially at its low price.

Motor Whiskey is available through the manufacturer’s website.

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    Aaron is unashamed to be a native Clevelander and the proud driver of a 1995 Saturn SC-2 (knock on wood). He gleefully utilizes his background in theater, literature, and communication to dramatically recite his own articles to nearby youth. Mr. Widmar happily resides in Dayton, Ohio with his magnificent wife, Vicki, but is often on the road with her exploring new destinations. Aaron has high aspirations for his writing career but often gets distracted pondering the profound nature of the human condition and forgets what he was writing... See more articles by Aaron.