Nitrous can be a powerful performance tool in the right hand, and there are race car drivers out there who live and die by it. Entire businesses have been founded to promote the power and performance of nitrous oxide, though for all we know about nitrous, there is still something infinitely cool about seeing it in action. It’s like watching pure power in motion.
So when we stumbled across this video on Facebook of Induction Solutions testing a new 600-plus horsepower manifold and nitrous system setup, we knew we had to share it with you. Why? Because flying manifolds, that’s why. Yup, you read that right; flying manifolds.
See, nitrous oxide for racing applications is actually stored as a liquid. But because it has such a low boiling point, it vaporizes instantly when it hits the air. This is why when it’s injected into an intake manifold, it boosts power quite a bit by lowering the air temperature around it. Colder air equals more power. After seeing this video from Induction Solutions though, we better understand why nitrous sometimes fails in a spectacular way.
This manifold test shows how an unencumbered manifold will literally fly away when the nitrous is hit. We’ve never seen a floating intake manifold before, but we have to admit it makes a pretty awesome video. It also gives us a much better idea of how nitrous operates in the engine, and in this case it appears to be a 600-plus horsepower shot of nitrous. No wonder the manifold nearly flew away.
Mostly though, this is just a kickass video of gearheads playing around with power adders. What isn’t to like?