PRI 2012: Nitrous Express Sends a Chill With Its New Plate Systems

The team at Nitrous Express offered quite the demonstration of its direct-port system by sending 3,200-horsepower-worth of chills through the PRI show floor. It takes three 15-pound bottles to replicate a Nor’easter, one that had the surrounding booths crying foul over the unexpected ice storm.

Closeup view of the Shark direct-port and plate systems from Nitrous Express.

This particular system exemplifies the Shark direct-port system and uses a pair of Lightning 250 solenoids. The Shark nozzles mix fuel and nitrous before exiting the nozzle body, a strategy that improves atomization. Also included in a Shark kit will be stainless-steel lines, nickel-plated fittings, B-nuts, high-flow feed lines and necessary hardware. Alone, this system is worth around 2,100 horsepower. For an extra 1,110-horsepower kick, this demonstration manifold also had a Shark plate system.

Sharing more conventional news, Nitrous Express showed off new plate systems for LS engines, the hot-selling Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins, the feisty little Dodge Dart turbo and fire-breathing Shelby GT 500. The GM system features a 3-bolt billet aluminum plate that fits behind the throttle body. Depending on the jets, the system is worth 50 to 350 horsepower. Included are a ProPower Lightning solenoid, 6AN feedlines, braided stainless, brackets, WOT switch, hardware and choice of 5-, 10- or 15-pound bottle.

New plate systems are available for the Shelby GT 500, Dodge Dart turbo, LS engines and Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.

The Scion, Dodge and Ford systems are similar in content and options. With the Dart system, NE integrates the solenoids into the throttle plate for the 2.0-liter engine while the 1.4-liter system has an external solenoid. The Shelby system has a direct bolt-on fuel rail so that cutting into the factory system isn’t required.

The WOT switch on all the systems activates the system only at wide-open throttle and shuts off the nitrous when the driver lifts.

Another view of a 3,200 horsepower nitrous-oxide charge.

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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