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How Nitrous Works.....

The first thing you should know about Nitrous Oxide is what it is. Nitrous Oxide is made up of 2 parts nitrogen and one part oxygen, N2O (36% oxygen by weight).

During the combustion process in an engine, at about 575 degrees F, the nitrogen and oxygen molecules seperate. The extra oxygen that is now in the cylinders allows more fuel to be burned, which in turns gives you a "boost" in power. Nitrous Oxide doesn't make power, fuel makes power. If more fuel is not added you will create a lean condition, which can cause serious damage to an engine. The nitrogen acts as a buffer to dampen the increased cylinder pressures helping to control the combustion process.

Nitrous has another effect that improves performance even more. When it vaporizes, nitrous oxide provides a significant cooling effect on the intake charge. Intake air temperatures can be decreased by as much as 75 degrees F. When you reduce the intake air temperature, you increase the air's density, and this allows even more oxygen inside the cylinder.

Nitrous is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add a significant amount of horsepower to an engine.