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Secret ingredient in tank fuel-pill – mothballs – raises $10m to $100m from 1200 investors for naphthalene additive

Posted by gasweek on 15 September, 2007

Investigations by the Herald have led to three inquiries into Firepower, which is estimated to have raised between $10 million and $100 million from about 1200 investors, including many sports stars. Now independent university test carried out for theThe Sydney Morning Herald reveal what goes into the Firepower Pill. One of the secret ingredients in a fuel pill that has helped underpin multi-million-dollar sponsorships in three sporting codes was revealed – and it’s the same compound used in mothballs, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (8/8/2007, p. 1).
Firepower Cartoon
Firepower a sponsor of major sporting codes: The pills, which promise to improve fuel consumption and reduce harmful emissions when added to a tank of fuel, are marketed by Firepower, sponsor of the Sydney Kings basketball team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team and the Western Force rugby union team in Perth.

Naphthalene compound the main ingredient: One of the main ingredients in the Western Force-branded pill is a naphthalene compound, a toxin with the familiar smell once found in sock drawers. Naphthalene mothballs have been used in car enthusiasts as a homemade octane booster for decades.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8/8/2007, p. 1

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