Nitrous Oxide Systems

Nitrous oxide systems have become very popular in the last decade. Thanks to their prominent role in popular racing movies like “Fast and Furious,” nitrous oxide, or NOS for short, has become the closest thing to an aftermarket performance product with a household name. Nitrous oxide systems are what we call any system that is geared toward using nitrous oxide in a car.

It’s a little odd that nitrous oxide has become such a popular performance tool, because it’s one that has absolutely no benefit for everyday drivers. As a matter of fact, using nitrous oxide over time can actually harm your vehicle, which isn’t really worth it unless you’re really using the speed increase. For everyday drivers, this increase is not only necessary, but the wear and tear it puts on a car is counterproductive. For racers, however, that wear and tear comes with the job, and it can be an acceptable loss, especially if it is installed and used correctly.

What nitrous oxide dies is increase the gasoline explosions normally created in an engine. When you activate your nitrous oxide tank, it leaks a small amount of nitrous oxide into your engine. It’s mostly the oxygen half of this formula that gives the engine its power boost. With the additional oxygen in your engine, it burns gasoline much more efficiently. Oxygen is also an explosive element, and this increases the power of the explosions already happening from gasoline. Nitrogen acts as the balance to this. In terms of explosiveness, it is nearly the opposite of oxygen, and it is able to keep the explosion from getting out of hand.

In essence, the oxygen increases the explosions in the engine to give you more power, and the nitrogen cools the engine to keep that extra power from hurting the car.

While there is a serious risk involved with nitrous oxide systems, the benefit can be well worth it. Nitrous oxide systems are able to improve your acceleration and top speed by more than fifty percent, which is an incredible boost. Granted, it’s a boost that only lasts for a short period of time, but in a race decided by a couple of seconds, that’s very valuable.

But is it valuable enough to justify adding a nitrous oxide system to your car? That depends on your situation. If you’re surrounded by people who also have it, you might have to add nitrous oxide just to compete. One of the reasons nitrous oxide systems are so popular is that they seem inexpensive. In order to get the same type of performance boost as you’d get with nitrous oxide (assuming you already have turbo), you’d need to do several other enhancements to a stock car, all of which can cost several hundred dollars, and most of them are harder to do, which means more time or labor costs spent.

But in actuality, the stress that the sudden boost of speed will give your car will actually make nitrous oxide just as, if not more expensive for you down the road. Cars just aren’t built for that additional force, and over time, that can destroy parts of the engine, and make you have to replace it or the car much earlier than you would have to otherwise. In other words, whether nitrous oxide systems are worth it depends almost completely on your budget.

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