Some of my favorite bad and dumb movies are the Fast and Furious films. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and the plots are so easy to follow that you don’t really even need to know how to speak English to enjoy them. Fast and Furious also introduced me to nitrous oxide, or NOS (though that’s technically a…
One of the easiest ways to get an engine to make big horsepower is to hook it up to a bottle of Nitrous. But with great power, comes great responsibility—you can only spray so much of the good stuff into an engine before it blows up, and David Freiburger at Motor Trend found out exactly how much that is.
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Out of the turkey coma? Good. Time to hit the garage then. A nitrous system is easy horsepower and David Freiburger from Hot Rod is here to show you exactly how to install one.
One drag racing team at the Import vs. Domestic World Cup Finals in Maryland last weekend found out what happens when you overheat a bottle of nitrous oxide. It totally explodes.
As soon as this Mustang street racer hits the gas, he experiences a nitrous blowout. It's powerful enough to blow the top half of the intake manifold straight through the hood and even pop the Mustang logo out of the grill.
This is a brave man. Despite the fact that the engine on his circa 1980 Ford Fairmont sounds like a sewing machine and is clearly about to explode, he takes it to the drag strip and sprays nitrous through the whole run.
When Nitrous Oxide explodes inside an engine it allows more oxygen and consequently more fuel to enter, creating more power. As you can see from this video—taken at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi—when nitrous oxide explodes outside an engine it can create a pretty massive explosion.
California developer "Big" Mike Harrah already owns a 3,000-hp hot rod powered by a PT boat's V12. His next project? A Peterbuilt-based rod with a 24-cylinder Detroit Diesel, churning 3,400 hp via superchargers and nitrous. Un. Holy.
A toy Ferrari hacked together with kitchen and office equipment makes for one wicked balcony toy.
Samurai Speed already found the limits of its transmission, blowing that when they attempted a modified-engine, launch control-on, drag start. Now it appears they've found the limits of the engine: 600 HP at the wheels plus an extra 150 HP worth of Nitrous.