Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by Nailhead Ronnie, Sep 30, 2018.
When did people start using nitrous, and who started using it. Would like to know the history?
I know of two guys, who were customers of mine, used it in the 50's in their "Rail" dragster. It was fun listening to them on how it was installed so it couldn't be seen.
WW2 fighter planes, to help them keep up with the lighter Jap Zeros was what I've always heard
The technique was used during World War II by Luftwaffe aircraft with the GM-1 system to boost the power output of aircraft engines. Originally meant to provide the Luftwaffe standard aircraft with superior high-altitude performance, technological considerations limited its use to extremely high altitudes. Accordingly, it was only used by specialized planes such as high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, high-speed bombers, and high-altitude interceptor aircraft. It sometimes could be found on Luftwaffe aircraft also fitted with another engine-boost system, MW 50, a form of water injection for aviation engines that used methanol for its boost capabilities.
In a 1914 patent, American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard suggested nitrous oxide and gasoline as possible propellants for a liquid-fuelled rocket. Nitrous oxide has been the oxidiser of choice in several hybrid rocket designs (using solid fuel with a liquid or gaseous oxidizer). The combination of nitrous oxide with hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene fuel has been used by SpaceShipOne and others. It also is notably used in amateur and high power rocketry with various plastics as the fuel.
Wow so then it was applied in cars, very cool.