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What is Nitrous?

If you've watched the new 'Fast & Furious' movie maybe you've noticed that just like the first one 'The Fast and the Furious' you keep seeing those blue NOS bottles. So what is Nitrous Oxide or NOS and how does it make the car go so fast? Watch our interactive flash video and learn more than you ever thought you'd know about Nitrous Oxide.

In this video, endorsed by Holley Performance Products who own the brand NOS, we'll explain what Nitrous is, the molecular make up of the Nitrous Oxide gas and what defines a dry or wet nitrous kit. You can also click through definitions all four types of nitrous oxide discharge nozzles; dry fogger, single wet fogger, multi-port (direct port) foggers and wet plate systems.

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What is Nitrous? Simply put, Nitrous (N2O) creates large amounts of horsepower by creating more oxygen in the engines combustion chamber while simultaneously introducing additional fuel. The added oxygen allows the additional fuel to burn which creates increased horsepower for short bursts of torque and speed.

The latest installment of the 'Fast and Furious' movie franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez is full of images and references to Nitrous and NOS. Even the website (www.fastandfuriousmovie.net) uses the NOS logo at the bottom to turn the effects on and off.

Below is the first 'Fast and Furious' trailer. In it you can see two giant NOS bottles on the back of the tow truck they used to steal the tanker with. One of the characters actually holds onto the NOS bottle to keep from falling off the truck.

Below is a close up of the NOS (N2O) bottles as he grabs for them.

Nitrous bottles in 'Fast and Furious' Movie Trailer

Below you can see all of the parts included in a NOS kit. This is for a Universal Dry application.

Universal Dry Nitrous Kit from NOS

The kit includes a number electrical connectors, relays, fuses and wires. There are also tubes and adaptors and the solenoids for delivering fuel and N2O to the cylinders.

Nitrous is activated by an electrical 'Arming switch'. Either when the gas pedal is floored or manually by a button near the driver. Some fun street terms of turning it on are, 'flip the switch', 'hit the button' and 'running juice'.

The movie is full of fast cars souped up with superchargers and/or turbochargers. Some are even turbocharged with Nitrous injected as well, for the ultimate boost when they 'flip the switch'. This one is our favorite from the original "The fast and the furious". The 650 HP Dual NOS bottled Toyota Supra.

Dual Nitrous bottles in The Fast and the Furious 650HP Toyota Celica Supra


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