Methanol is a liquid solvent commonly known is methyl alcohol. It is a highly flammable liquid with a flashpoint of 11ºC and a boiling range of 64.5-64.641ºC. Methanol is characterised as being fast evaporating. Methanol is also called wood alcohol as it is a by-product of the destructive distillation of wood.
Methanol is a highly versatile product. Within the manufacturing industry methanol is used to make plastics, plywood, paints and permanent textiles. It is also used as a denaturant for ethanol for industrial use purposes. Methanol can also be used as an antifreeze solvent in pipelines and as windscreen washer fluid.
Methanol can be used as the preferred fuel for race car drivers being known as a fuel injector. It is found that methanol has less energy content than gas so vehicles get half the mpg of the fuel. The great thing about methanol being used as fuel is that it has a high-octane, which means that it has amazing acceleration and power. Methanol assists with improving the efficiency of the car.