Are you familiar with nitrous oxide, laughing gas, nitro, and NOS? Yes?
Well, did you know that these are all the same thing? Two for two? Okay,
but do you know how a nitrous oxide system added to your vehicle’s
engine actually functions? Let’s take a closer look at the details
so you can figure out if this modification is right for you and your car.
Welcome to Chemistry Class
We promise we won’t bore you, and you won’t be tested, but
to really know why NOS is so awesome for your car’s performance,
we have to get scientific. Nitrous oxide is a chemical comprised of two
nitrogen atoms clinging onto one part oxygen – technically it should
be called dinitrogen monoxide (N2O). When this compound is exposed to
the warmth of your engine, the N2 can’t stand the heat and drops
the O. This means you are directly supplying additional oxygen to your
Automotive Science 101 teaches us all that more oxygen equals more horsepower
with the same amount of fuel. So we’re already doing well with a
nitrous oxide system. But consider this bonus side effect: when the nitrogen
is separated from its oxygen, it rapidly vaporizes. When a substance vaporizes,
it cools down everything around it. So NOS adds
and cools air in your engine. Cold air means dense air, which means the atoms
can pack closer together per cylinder cycle, which means even
more oxygen inside.
Any Downsides to NOS?
The physical aspects of N2O makes it pretty hefty for a gas, even when
it gets pressurized into liquid state. This means it can be difficult
to add a large quantity to your car without also taking up a considerably
amount of space. But good things come in small packages, after all, so
a nitrous oxide system is there for rationing power when you need it most,
not for continually running the vehicle.
The good news is that with professional help, nitro can be relatively painless
to install and learn how to use. If you live in Katy, Houston, or the
surrounding Texas area, be sure to call
281.231.9950 to speak to the high performance auto tuning specialists at HP Motorsports.
We would be happy to explain the specifics of getting a nitrous oxide
system added to your engine – we even offer
free estimates to keep your wallet safe and sound while you’re shopping around.
Go ahead and
contact us today – we look forward to working with you, and we know you’ll
love working with us.