• Nov 11, 2009

Corvette C6 w/Nitrous Oxide - Click image to watch the video

Or at least a Z06. Now, we're all for drag racing – it's one of the purest forms of sport around – much like World's Strongest Man minus all the steroids. Or is that plus nine billion times the steroids? Either way, little is more adrenaline pumping than watching a nitrous-venting 1976 Chevrolet Camaro run the quarter in 8.5 seconds. Especially when you stop and think about how totally terrible Camaros were when Jimmy Carter took office. *Shudder.*

Anyhow, the reason you can get dirty old Camaros to run so quick are the mods. In fact, a constant, never-ending stream of modifications always makes that next hundredth of a second seem just within reach. Drag racing is the sport of the tinkerer – just ask Don Garlits. You can always shed weight, but then you reach a point where structural integrity becomes an issue.

More power is typically (if not always) the answer. To get there, you got your lumpy cams, bundle o' snakes headers, intake pipes the size of telephone poles, hot lifters, blowers, turbos and, of course, nitrous oxide (N2O). We say "of course" N2O because most drag races are over before you can count to ten. Besides, motors are cheap but Friday night glory at New Jersey's Island Dragway lasts forever, right? In this case, however, the ol' nitrous bottle might be more at home hooked up to another car – might we suggest a '76 Camaro? Find out why after the jump.

[Source: YouTube via Tampa Bay Examiner]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      THe article on the tampa bay examiner website is stupid...

      This car didnt explode from nitrous, it was a fuel backfire, typical with a wet nitrous system, the fuel pools in the intake manifold and then ignites, usually when somebody is doing a burnout or such..

      or he had a fuel solenoid leak that sprayed fuel on the headers... either way, it wasnt nitrous that caused this it was the nitrous system...

      the article also says that nitrous corrodes internal engine components, which is insane....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bryan is right...nitrous oxide adds additional oxygen to the combustion chamber just as turbos or a blower does. N2O does this chemically, where blowers and turbos do it mechanically. N2O by itself is not flammable, as there is no fuel. (fuel + oxygen + heat = fire)

        With more oxygen of course, you can pump in more fuel...and in this case pump out brain cells.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yur doin' it wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      someone in the crowd definitely yelled "I hope you have Geico!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow! that was...explosive!

      people that installed that nitrous system: fail (or whoever installed that for him!)


      • 5 Years Ago
      Spraying off idle FTL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess the Malaise era muscle cars really sucked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, I heard people screaming. WTH with them?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Truly sad - what has become of the etiquette and gentlemanly sportsmanship once practiced in the stands at America's grassroots drag races?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sad that people laughed and yelled at someone's misfortune.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mentioned Island Dragway, my home strip!
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be fair, Jimmy Carter didn't take office in 1976, he won the election in 1976 and took office in January 1977. Just like Obama won last year, but didn't take office until January this year.

      Not that 1977 Camaros were suddenly much better than 1976 versions, but since a 1976 was mentioned I figured I'd bring it up. Minor issue, but just being accurate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Yo that car is done! It's done!"

      Yes, we know. Shut up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean thats not covered under warranty?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You don't know.... maybe they brought their blind, partially deaf, grammatically challenged friend to the drags?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shotgun!... Er... Maybe not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOS or not, it's the first time I see a Chevrolet doing such a pefect impersonation of an Audi!!!
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