If you're already tanking up with premium gas, you might notice a different option during your next fill-up at a Shell station. The oil company is launching a new fuel formula called V-Power Nitro+ Premium, and it claims that this is most advanced gasoline currently on the market.

V-Power Nitro+ adds chemicals to the company's gas that allegedly coats parts to prevent engine wear and protect fuel system components. According to Shell, an increasing number of vehicles are now requiring premium, and this product is a way to adjust to that change.

While Shell asserts that the cleaning agents in the gas act "like a barrier to protect against gunk, wear, and corrosion," the Detroit Free Press notes that none of these claims are independently verified, yet. Theoretically, V-Power Nitro+ might help, though. "Half the friction in an engine comes from the cylinders and piston rings," Harold Schock, director of energy and automotive research labs at Michigan State University, said to the newspaper. "Reformulated fuel could make a difference."

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Shell Fuels Technology introduces new, game-changing premium fuel

New Shell V-Power NiTRO+ premium gasoline now available nationwide and is Shell's most technically advanced premium fuel ever produced.

HOUSTON – June 1, 2015 – Shell today announces it is offering an industry game changer new premium fuel. The new fuel, Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, is Shell's most technically advanced premium Shell fuel ever produced that provides customers across the country with the BEST TOTAL engine protection by offering superior protection against engine wear and unbeatable protection against gunk and corrosion.

"New Shell V-Power Nitro+ Premium Gasoline isn't just a breakthrough for Shell; it's an industry breakthrough in fuels technology," said Elen Phillips, Vice President, Shell Americas Fuels Sales and Marketing. "For most Americans, cars are essential to their livelihood and represent a huge investment. That's why our scientists continuously push the boundaries of fuels technology. We want our customers to know they are filling up with a premium gasoline that offers the best total engine protection they can get."

For the last two years, premium gasoline volumes and vehicles requiring premium fuels rose, despite the decline in industry gasoline sales. Recognizing the growing need for high performance premium fuels, Shell launched Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline as a means of putting its customers' needs first.

The Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline formulation contains a combination of two key cleaning agents that perform better than the single component in the previous Shell V-Power formulation. This innovation enables inclusion of a new, breakthrough component designed to help prevent wear in critical engine parts. The new premium fuel also helps protect critical fuel system components from corrosion, destroys gunk left behind by lower quality premium gasoline; it then acts like a barrier to protect against gunk, wear and corrosion.

Development of the new, innovative formulation came through the technical partnership between Shell and Scuderia Ferrari. This technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari is considered one of the most technically advanced and successful in the history of Formula One racing, having resulted in 12 Drivers' Titles and 10 Constructors' Championships.

The Shell V-Power race fuel used in the Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T V6 power unit contains at least 99% of the same types of compounds used in Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline.

For more information, visit www.shell.us/vpower or follow @Shell_OnTheRoad.

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