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How Nitrous Works – More Horsepower!

August 27, 2019

hello everyone and welcome to this week’s video today I’m going to be explaining nitrous and how nitrous can be used to increase horsepower now nitrous express was kind enough to send me a full nitrous kit for the use of this video so to help me explain this so after I demonstrate with this whiteboard how it works we’re going to take a look at an actual system see all the components involved and see how that works so nitrous oxide the purpose of a nitrous system is to increase horsepower now how it does this is by allowing the engines to burn more fuel per power stroke now how does it allow the engine to burn more fuel well it increases the amount of oxygen inside of the cylinder during each power stroke so what we’ve got here is a plate type system now there’s multiple ways you can you can do this but for the demonstration here what we’ve got is a plate and this plate is between our throttle body and our intake manifold and you’ve got injectors you’ve got fuel solenoids and a nitrous solenoids so these are going to control the flow of nitrous and fuel which are going to be injected into this plate sandwiched between the throttle body and the intake manifold so here we’ve got and you’ve got individual injectors as well now there’s two types of nitrous systems there’s DRI systems and there are wet systems now a dry system is going to be just nitrous injection and it’s going to have to be used with electronic fuel injection because as you’re injecting the nitrous you’re again more oxygen your cylinders now you’ll have an overly lean mixture so obviously you need to burn more fuel so your ECU is going to tell your fuel injectors hey you need to inject more fuel and it’s going to do that by listening to the oxygen sensor in the exhaust that’s saying hey there’s too much oxygen coming through here you’re burning a lean mixture we need to fix this so it doesn’t react quite as quickly as a wet system where you’ve already got the correct amount of air and fuel so as I just said a wet system you’re going to be injecting nitrous and fuel so this is a wet system here where you’ve got nitrous coming in on inside of this plate and fuel coming in on the other side of the plate now you’re also going to have individual fuel injectors for each of your cylinders or it could be carbureted and then you’d have another system of fuel coming in regardless there is going to be there’s going to be fuel that’s going to be burned with the air that’s coming in and then there’s going to be fuel that’s going to be burned with the nitrous come in so it’s constantly correcting that air fuel mixture and you’re going to keep the right amount of air and fuel in each in each cylinder during the combustion process so what’s the process starting at this plate well you’re going to be injecting the nitrous and the fuel into the intake manifold now what happens when that nitrous and fuel is injected into the intake manifold is the nitrous which is coming in as a liquid once it’s sprayed in it changes to a gas and when it changes state it drops its temperature to minus 127 degrees Fahrenheit so what that does is it cools the entire intake charge therefore allowing you to pack more air and fuel into each cylinder and then you’re going to increase your horsepower so that’s one way that it helps increase power also our next step what we’ve got is the cylinder is compressing what you’ve got is a nitrogen two nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom fuse together so that oxygen can’t combust when it’s connected with that nitrogen so it has to be split free to be able to combust with the fuel so what happens is during compression and during combustion when that air fuel mixture is heating up once it reaches about 600 degrees Fahrenheit that oxygen splits off and once it splits off it can combust with the added fuel so you’ve got more oxygen you’ve got more fuel and each and in the same power stroke this is occurring so you’re going to create a larger reaction larger combustion bigger force pushing down on that piston and therefore create more power so now let’s take a look at what the actual system looks like and how the the flow of nitrous gets here and how the flow of fuel gets there and how the system works so here we have our full nitrous kit and we’re just going to start at the bottle and work our way and just check out the different components see how they all work together to increase horsepower so starting with the bottle you’re going to have these mounts and it’s going to be mounted somewhere in your car as I’ve shown here with the bottom of the bottle is going to be lower than the top reason being there’s a siphon down here which is going to be pulling the liquid nitrous and sending it to this line which will then come to your plate sandwiched between the throttle body and the intake manifold and here you’ve got the mechanical solenoid which when activated will allow the nitrous to spray in through these little holes you see here now on the other side you’re going to have a fuel line so you’re going to have your fuel line coming in here and then this is going to lead to the fuel rail injector which will be injecting fuel to the engine directly and then you’ve got this fuel line which will pull in additional fuel to this plate and so then you’ve got another mechanical solenoid which when activated will spray the fuel in through these little nozzles here are these little holes here ok so then we’ve got some electronics involved so what activates this is when you’re on wide open throttle so when you’re on wide open throttle you’ve floored it basically you’re going to have this sensor here which is going to be attached to it’s going to be wired to the throttle position sensor so when the throttle position sensor reaches its maximum voltage or the highest highest setting on the on the throttle it’s going to send a signal to this and this is going to send a signal to this relay now this relay is what sends power to these solenoids so once this is read that the throttle position sensor is at wide open throttle it sends a signal to this relay this relay is connected to the battery and so it sends a power supply from the battery to these mechanical solenoids opening them up and allowing the fuel and nitrous to be injected now here we just have a little cool button that you see in all the movies and everything so basically this is just going to arm the system that will be connected to this throttle position sensor and it’ll say ok when this sense is that wide-open throttle has been reached then you will activate these solenoids you can just leave it off and then still get to wide-open throttle and it won’t send in nitrous now the cool thing about nitrous kits is how easily you can change the amount of horsepower that your engine’s going to produce so you’ve got these little brass jets here which are located inside of this cool connection so for example here’s a little brass jet and you simply stick this breast jet in here and then connect the fuel line and so you’ll have a brass jet one for the nitrous and one for the fuel and depending on which jets you choose is how much horsepower you’ll create so for example these two here you’ll create you’ll add an additional 50 horsepower whereas these down here you’ll add an additional 200 horsepower so you can see these are not the nozzles for the nitrous system and you can see how much larger they are then the fuel injectors or Jets and that’s so obviously you’re going to be having more nitrous injected than fuel so thanks for watching and if you have any additional questions or comments feel free to leave them below


  • Reply Problem M8 ? January 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    ayy dude why you didnt advertising your video?

  • Reply *Harambe* January 20, 2017 at 12:18 am

    What do you mean "Explained"? Press A to go fast.

  • Reply D. G. January 21, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Can NOS be used on Diesels?

  • Reply jefffeyko January 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Do you need a purge kit on a 75 shot wet nitrous system?

  • Reply Hungry Guy February 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Is there any reason to want to use the nitrous when the throttle isn't wide open?

  • Reply Sompn Brurl February 8, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I've got a question. Would it be possible to drive on NOS passively, like microdosing it non-stop with the fuel? Would it end up like an improved fuel, increasing the engine's capability and HP?

  • Reply Thibault Fidaire February 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    this guy has the face I would draw if I had to draw an English guy

  • Reply Xin Lee February 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Hi, I wonder what is factory wideband o2 sensor? I did some finding on that but most of it seem to be complicated

  • Reply Zach Bates February 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    how do you refill the no2 bottle?

  • Reply Sean Johnstone March 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    For Genesis 3.8;
    Best bang for the buck is N2O .with supporting minor mods ,meaning : true dual cat back exhaust (no headers needed) , NX 5/16-8mm fuel line adapt ,drop in K&N filter ,open up air vents (hood),catch can,TBI coolant by-pass,MSD GMR digital shift light which will allow you to use The NX Maximizer 4's window
    switch and other safety functions.Bottle pressure gauge , NGK colder
    plugs ,aluminum drilled & tapped TBI spacer with thermal
    gaskets,grimspeed phenolic manifold spacer ,purge kit and open slits in
    front of air inlet snorkel( check my GCtuner's pics) ,Move Air inlet temp sensor on top of air filter
    box and driver side valve cover vent tube to former AIT's location
    ,install a 45degree silicon 3.5 air inlet tube in place of the OEM air filter inlet tube/hose and get rid of the heat soak causing OEM engine cover.jet as I have given and WALLAH!!! 75 true rear wheel HP without ECU tuning and worries of harming your motor as the 44 N2O jet & 20 fuel jet is on the 11:5.1 rich side ,just use 93 oct and above . .
    Shorttrack. Gencoupe Forums. 🙂

  • Reply Peter Lustig March 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I would choose jets with small holes because 50 additional hp are enough. Ok just joking… who wants 50 hp when you can have 200?? 😎

  • Reply Random Commenter March 16, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Why is it called Nitrous Oxide, and not Dinitrous Monoxide? I only have hs knowledge of chemistry. Thanks

  • Reply Bobe Boy March 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Now let's see what 700hp does to a 110mm stroke cast iron engine

  • Reply AbdulAhad March 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    how you know this much about engineering have you studied mechanical engineering.

  • Reply sexyitalian891 April 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    @Engineering Explained What is the power curve of an engine using nitrous oxide? Does it make exactly 100hp from 2000rpm-9000rpm for example if you put NOS on a 458? I'm asking because I'm trying to properly simulate NOS in a power curve but obviously, horsepower is a byproduct of torque. So for example, to make [email protected], the NOS needs to make 356nm of torque. But if it were to maintain that torque all the way to 9000rpm, the engine is working harder, so [email protected] is 450hp. Does it automatically adjust how much nos its spraying into the cylinders based on rpm to always make the same amount of horsepower? If you could tell me how this works I'd really appreciate it.

  • Reply RoMMeL1337ak47 April 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Why not inject pure oxygen instead? Wouldn't that give you way more power since there would be even more oxygen so you could combust even more fuel per stroke? Is it not done because it would make the fuel oxygen mixture to auto ignite prematurely and cause massive engine knock?

  • Reply John Eramian April 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Does this work on diesel engines??

  • Reply Steve April 10, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I always wondered how that worked. thanks for the video!

  • Reply Kush Uchiha April 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Can nitrous be activated before full throttle? If yes,then how, if no, why?

  • Reply Jagrut Nemade April 14, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Does the Nitrogen in Nitrous Oxide have any specific function in the working of NOS? if no, then why do we not use other oxides? if yes, what's the function?

  • Reply Lockheed/GRUMMAN SR71 MAXIMILIANO M. April 19, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I love this fucker..!! Damn. Keep the videos coming, man! Thanks!!

  • Reply Aditya Gangurde April 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Your videos are really nice and helps in learning. Can you please explain what is nitrous purging and why it is important?

  • Reply Nedews April 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    this guy can build his own car

  • Reply Ethan Sadler April 20, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for posting all of these videos! They have helped me a lot in building a twincharged 2004 Volvo S60 R. Great engineering and explanations!

  • Reply Eduardo Abreu April 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Perfect Explanation!!!

  • Reply Aksel Ahmedov May 4, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Hey man how old are you? When I grow up i want to be a technical engineer just like you! You are the best! I really enjoy your videos and I love to watch them. I live in Belgium and I am 17! Next year I will change my school and I want to do informatics management. Do you think it is a good choise? and if not, why? And what did you study at school to become the master of everything like you are now? Plies reply, I really need someone like you, no one wants to help me. Not my family, not my teachers, not my friends, no one.

  • Reply Steve Bunyan May 5, 2017 at 10:47 am

    looks like jon heeder

  • Reply yt678901 May 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Why connect Nitrous Oxide tank, why not direct Oxygen tanks ?

  • Reply Kongxiao Zhao May 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Thx for the Chinese CC translation. 感谢翻译大大。

  • Reply thenytrooper1 May 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Are there any steps that are needed to take place in order to get a nitrous set up on your vehicle? Such as any aftermarket parts installed to the engine for such an increase in horse power? I would think with the nitrous being added it would cause greater stress to any gaskets or seals or majority of the parts in general, correct?

  • Reply Torn oacheas June 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    How well would a 2012 Camry do with a 75 shot of nitrous? it has a CVT transmission going to install it this month. lmk thanks!

  • Reply Savage JSM June 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    can you do a nitromethane explained?

  • Reply Jatin Soni June 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Why doesn't the system just use liquid Oxygen?
    Why is the Nitrogen needed?

  • Reply MahadAli June 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    How much would a whole system like this cost including the internals and the transmission

  • Reply Dave Reynolds June 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    That was awesome! So where can we find information on how much stress the crank and rods, and pistons can take. Plus the extra heat for the valves. Where do we find that data?

  • Reply Justin Rios June 24, 2017 at 1:09 am

    when think of nitrous i think of R34 skylines

  • Reply USA4thewin July 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    can I build a 1000HP engine with only N2O and avoid superchargers or turbo chargers

  • Reply Nieson MobSquad July 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    So can I slap this on my mini bike and ill get the same results as vtecccccccccccc!!!!……….?

  • Reply John Boston July 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Question, I've asked a lot of people but no one seems to know.
    Why can't we just inject oxygen?

  • Reply awadcock August 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    i bet he drives a 5.0 mustang lol

  • Reply Gaby Drixler August 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

    you are awesome… thanks from germany

  • Reply Gaby Drixler August 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

    you are awesome… thanks from germany

  • Reply Jamil September 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm


  • Reply CJ Gaming September 3, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Is nitrousI

  • Reply Robert Gebhardt September 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Bruh you should just inhale it, what's this kid talking about?

  • Reply Jay Kune September 24, 2017 at 3:32 am

    This Guy Should Be Working in NASA

  • Reply mr bear October 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Can anyone go buy nitrous from a car performance shop? Whats to stop people buying it to get high?

  • Reply Creeperboy and friends October 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    How do you obtain all this knowledge?

  • Reply Dremora Legend November 17, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Im curious, can you run nos on individual throttle bodies on like a 4age?

  • Reply ODRI November 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    NOS IT!

  • Reply Moynul Alam December 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Your videos are very detailed though very very boring

  • Reply Ross G December 6, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Ur serious teacher. Thanks from Canada

  • Reply Alex Hernandez December 11, 2017 at 1:57 am

    How does he know so much?

  • Reply Zachary Vogel December 14, 2017 at 1:42 am

    If the fuel going into the solenoid is still coming from the same line as the fuel injector how does it make the engine respond faster. Wouldn't it just be the same amount of fuel but split between two entrances?

  • Reply George Wainwright aka Jason Stryker December 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Hello. I hav a question I really need answered. Is Nitrous considered Forced Induction? (Similar to a turbo or super charger) thanks

  • Reply 2005GT Mustang December 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Excellent video and presentation. I've heard from several people, that using this system can cause damage to your engine. Is that because the ratio of fuel to N2O is too rich with N2O and over heating, thus damaging the engine? Or is it there is just too much power and the engine can't handle it? Thanks again.

  • Reply Rahul Dutta January 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    600 deg c I guess ? 😛

  • Reply Ompharus January 15, 2018 at 2:13 am

    thank you

  • Reply DSG January 16, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Why do most people use Nitrous Oxide rather than pure Oxygen?
    I would asume it would boost combustion more and therefore more power.

    Is it simply a matter of excess heat being expelled with the Nitrogen? And thr chance of melting your pistons?

  • Reply Kenny Fenny January 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

    How much is a kit like this?
    And how dose it know the right mixture ? Cuz if it’s to rich the fuel injectors will just stop working and then the kit is pretty pointless because it’s just taking over the job of the fuel injectors???????? Any one know ??????

  • Reply Jurietto Mitshi Kunai January 18, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Can nitrous be used on a Chainsaw?

  • Reply jenick Johnson January 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    bro, like what we see in NFS does the NOS increases while driving or air streaming? or after gas gets over it is useless?

  • Reply PJ TERBURGH January 25, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hi. Great show bud. Question: will you have to replace ur standard fuel pump with this system, or will the standard pump suffice?

  • Reply Yahya aleswed January 26, 2018 at 11:13 am

    you are the best ever

  • Reply Federico Lucchi January 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    If N2O doesn't burn, does it mean that all the N2O explosions in F&F would be impossible in a real scenario? Those movies are so misinforming!

  • Reply Jacob2581 February 8, 2018 at 2:22 am

    I know this video is old, but does that mean that nitrous is basically like a supercharger in the sense that it uses forced induction?

  • Reply pwrshots February 20, 2018 at 1:55 am

    looking at the diagram, he has bent rods and a collapsed piston.:)

  • Reply DORU HUM February 23, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I was wondering why wont be used O2 instead of NOS, wouldn't be that efficient or ? I love your videos and the way every detail is professionally explained . Cheers !

  • Reply Jay Lepe February 25, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Can u explain how the blow ur engine

  • Reply Zhi Shen Aung February 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    u look much better now

  • Reply supergober55 March 11, 2018 at 4:54 am

    hey Engineering Explained is this the same stuff they use in NHRA top fuel drag and fuel up funny that helps make 10,000 horsepower????

  • Reply Anon Kent March 15, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Joachim Löw?

  • Reply Reece March 24, 2018 at 3:58 am

    So much more simple than I thought thank you

  • Reply Saurabh Tank March 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    If nitrous is used to increase the amount of oxygen in air-fuel mixture than why won't we just use pure oxygen gas cylinder to increase amount of oxygen in air-fuel mixture?

    Please answer

  • Reply winglessang31 March 27, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Damn he’s making me want a nos kit

  • Reply gomez shilu April 15, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Is this true, I thought nitrous were all some kind fancy stuff in movies, then why mostly no one use it comercially or in any race industry especially in F1

  • Reply Connor McCullough April 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    its fun to inhale too

  • Reply Bryan Kirk April 27, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    A question. Does the nitrogen add to the mass airflow?

  • Reply Ed trek May 21, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Excellent video, I now understand how nitrous works.

  • Reply Shubham Jadhav October 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Does NOS increase the amount hazardous gases in the exhaust??

  • Reply george buscema October 11, 2018 at 12:35 am

    05 mustang gt with 410 gears 5 speed…
    I want a.panic button.
    3 to 5 max hp at 35 to 4000 rpm …
    Is this possible??

  • Reply Sunny Srivastava October 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    if fuel is injected through the sandwiched plate, then what is the need of individual fuel injectors for the cylinders?
    Please reply sir.

  • Reply Artyom Vorsa October 22, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Will it run on a rotary engine? 😀

  • Reply Ray Delfa October 27, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I have a 2017 Camaro ss, 50th anniversary, would I need a wet or dry system?

  • Reply TheDantheman300 November 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Can you use this on a automatic car?

  • Reply David James November 28, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I put a T connector in my nitrous kit. One line goes to the engine, and one to the driver (for when parked on a dark road).

  • Reply Albin Zeneli December 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Can a nitrous be used to cool the intake system

  • Reply SiFu Mansa December 11, 2018 at 4:02 am

    I like your videos bro very informational

  • Reply Titus Law Office December 11, 2018 at 4:07 am

    He looks like such a boy here five years ago.

  • Reply Ashutosh Sahu December 14, 2018 at 11:22 am

    How the temperature of the mixture is increased from -127°F in intake manifold to 600°F for combustion purpose in the cylider ?

  • Reply Adam Epps January 12, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Great video. Quick, explained well and informative. Keep up the good work 👍🏼

  • Reply hyfusiondotcom January 20, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Question: if HHO was injected instead of Nitrous and if the full throttle sensor was deactivated I assume the HHO would mix with the gasoline before going to the injectors. Besides too rapid flame speed the problem with HHO is that it causes clean exhaust. Too much O2 in the exhaust triggers the O2 sensors that in turn cause the computer to dump in more fuel.

    Is it even worth trying?

  • Reply Brian Rathbun March 15, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I love your videos I just have a small problem with this one. Karl Staggemeir, former chief engineer for NoS says only a very very small portion of gains are from increased oxygen. He says the power is made from the molecular bonds of the nitrous breaking. Please learn about it and re explain

  • Reply Mini on nitrous 105BHP to 205BHP March 18, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Looks like NX have almost got there jets right . At the solenoid not the frogger or plate . About time

  • Reply Matt Millar March 25, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Love Brian Cox

  • Reply tr4v3nz March 29, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Does this mean that when I install a N2O system in my car, it will always on as long as I flip the switch on and on a full pedal? I mean, can it be activated only when I push a button like in the movie the fast and the furious? Or is that actually the switch they pushed in that movie not another button? Or maybe is there any downside if I suddenly activated NOS in the middle of full throttle application?

  • Reply Isaiah James May 4, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Don't you do car videos now?

  • Reply Joel Stock June 6, 2019 at 5:01 am

    You are SUPERB! I knew nothing until I started to watch your presentations. I finally get it. Thank you!

  • Reply Lukeamania July 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Why don't you use something with a little more kick… PLUTONIUM!

  • Reply David Simpson August 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Won't there be an increase in nitrogen oxides? Does one need to change the catalytic convertor?

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