Nitrous Oxide in its most basic form is a bottle of oxygenating
gas that allows the engine to burn more fuel and more burnt fuel
equals more power. Used in the correct ratio nitrous oxide is as
safe as any other power adding performance part you can fit to your
car or bike. The basic kits start with just 25 hp with a dry kit
, so called because you only inject the gas into the air inlet of
a fuel injected engine and the air flow or similar sensor reads
the additional oxygen intake and the e.c.u. responds by adding the
correct amount of fuel via the injection system.
Moving up a level you get a little more serious,
import kits are designed specifically for 4 and 6 cylinder engines
with and without turbochargers. From this point on things start
to get a bit more involved, most of the systems from here on up
are what are termed wet systems, requiring both nitrous and fuel
solenoids to produce the correct air fuel ratio, as an addition
these kits are much more tuneable in terms of power output ranging
from 50 hp to 150 hp and 100 hp to 300 hp .
Its from this point on that power output gets
really outrageous with kits capable of producing up to 1000 hp ,
these kits are by no means intended for any regular street engine
as the internal components of most oem engines are not suited to
these sort of power gains.It is recommended that before any nitrous
kit is fitted that your engine is up to the demands your about to
place on it . On a further note its always a good idea to make sure
your ignition system is in good condition , or look at upgrading
if you are looking to make higher power levels.
The rule is if in doubt always ask someone
with technical expertise.