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Topic: Why do drag racers inject nitrous oxide instead of pure oxygen?  (Read 4540 times)

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So if the idea is to get more oxygen into the cylinders so that more fuel can be burned, why don't drag racers just inject pure oxygen?

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Re: Why do drag racers inject nitrous oxide instead of pure oxygen?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 02:50:27 AM »
Oxygen is much more dangerous and difficult to handle.
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Re: Why do drag racers inject nitrous oxide instead of pure oxygen?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 03:05:17 AM »
Oxygen is much more dangerous and difficult to handle.

What happens to the nitrogen part? Is it just along for the ride? Does it burn?

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Re: Why do drag racers inject nitrous oxide instead of pure oxygen?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 09:06:12 AM »
An extensive explanation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrous

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