Nitrous Oxide Used For Cheating Purpose
· The gas was first used in dentistry to manage pain in 1844.
· the Germans were the first to use nitrous oxide by setting it in a aircraft during World War II to attain high altitude
· In the 1950s nitorus oxide were first used in America by stock car racers to cheat in races.
· The nitrous is delivered in two ways, the dry injection and the wet injection.
We are familiar with the term N2O, we had seen it in sports vehicles, high acceleration instantly at a blink of an eye, it is a feature given to the vehicle aftermarket. Riders install nitrous in their vehicles for stunting and racing, we get entertained when Vin Diesel puts up nitrous in the middle of the race in F&F series. So much fun from the nitrous, but never thought of how the idea of nitrous oxide installing in vehicles came in mind. For the first time when nitrous oxide was equipped in car, it was actually used for cheating purpose in races. Let’s roll some pages to know about nitrous oxide and its effect in automobiles today.
Though we all know that turbos and superchargers boost up an engine but when asked how to boost acceleration, the first thing that clicks our mind is nitrous oxide. Nitrogen oxide is a colorless, odorless, non-flammable gas with chemical compound of two nitrogen atoms for every single atoms of oxygen. The gas was first used in dentistry to manage pain in 1844, and since then it tends to make one laugh, and from their it got its name “laughing gas”. Sometimes mistakenly it also goes by the name “NOS” which is actually an acronym of a brand named “Nitrous Oxide Systems”.
It is said that the Germans were the first to use nitrous oxide by setting it in an aircraft during World War II to attain high altitude, and after that other countries copied the same. In the 1950s nitorus oxide were first used in America by stock car racers to cheat in races. We all know that gasoline needs to be burn in the cylinder of the engine properly, and for that oxygen is required. Though turbos and superchargers do their work of supplying oxygen, but to give the most proper supply of oxygen we use nitrous. The main science behind the use of nitrous is that when the it is heated to reach its fission point, the molecules of nitrous breaks into pure form of nitrogen and oxygen. Those extra oxygen adds more power to the engine, one nitrous can give a boost from 50 to 300 horsepower.
Now the nitrous is delivered in two ways, the dry injection and the wet injection. In dry injection, the liquid nitrous oxide is transmitted to the air intake and fuel systems add more gasoline to the cylinder. In wet injection, the nitrous oxide and gasoline are injected into the cylinder together. Today the nitrous systems are computer operated to mix the right amount of gasoline with oxygen and that too with millisecond precision.
Now the question arises, as why don’t we use nitrous everywhere if it gives engine so power? Well that’s not possible as the engine had to work really hard at that moment which makes it go to its limit. An engine is not designed to handle that stress every time. As nitrogen is used momentarily, it is mostly used in drag races. Inhalation of too much of nitrous oxide can cause death, that is the reason any leakage in pipes or cylinders of nitrogen should be checked regularly.
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