Q&A / Tech

Mailbag: The Truth About Nitrous

Got questions?

            We’ve got the answers—the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re spraying some knowledge on nitrous.

 

J.F. • Danville, VA

Q: I’m restoring a 1969 Impala with a 327. I’d like to keep the engine stock while increasing horsepower. I’ve considered using nitrous but some say that can mess up your pistons. Do you have any suggestions for increasing power? Is nitrous a good decision?

 

 

A: Nitrous is a safe way to gain horsepower when used correctly. If your stock engine is in good shape and you install a modest street system, then you’ll have no problem gaining up to 125 horsepower with a single shot of nitrous. If you’re looking for gains over 125 horsepower, then you’ll need to upgrade those stock engine components to support the extreme power production.

 

Learn more about choosing the right nitrous system by reading our earlier posts: How to Choose a Nitrous System and 4 Ways to Optimize Your Nitrous System. You’ll find that nitrous is a very effective, budget-friendly way to make the power you’re craving.

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