Blown Nitro Racing on a Budget

Blown Nitro Racing on a Budget
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The first comprehensive technical manual about running nitromethane racing fuel:
- 170+ pages
- 100+ B&W photos
- 50+ tables, illustrations, drawings all about running nitro

Results of a special nitromethane fuels testing program in a Roots blown methanol drag racing V-8
How to set up numerical control of air to fuel ratio for accurate tuning nitro
Introduction to Lambda tuning of nitro
Air density corrections
Horsepower corrections
Power analysis for various percentages
Roots blower analysis

Recommended by Dave Smith, Sn, owner of Sacramento Raceway and a 260 MPH Nostalgia Nitro dragster.

Contributions from the following:

This publication contains valuable contributions from Gene Adams (Gene Adams Performance & nitro expert), Don Jackson Engineering (Top Fuel drag race & Bonneville race developer, engineer, & crew chief), Pete Jackson (Pete Jackson Gear Drives & nitro racing expert), John Stewart (Top Fuel nitro tuning expert), Rich Lavelle & T J Fitch (SSI Blowers), Patrick Hale (racing software developer & racing engineering expert), Jim Rehfeld & Kent Enderle (Enderle FI), Roger Gleeson (Joe Hunt Magneto), Roger Olander (PSI Superchargers), Glen Hutchison (Hutchison Racing drag boat record holder), Brendan Murry (Racecarparts.com), Tony Ruggiero (nitro Harley racer), Jim Kinsler & Earl Miller (Kinsler Fuel Injection), Steve Wallace (The Nitro Man), Gene Mooneyham (Mooneyham Blowers), and Jim Archer (Los Alamos National Labs).

This publication also contains key technical & nitro info from sources such as NASA, the MSD Ignition Company, the Crower Equipment Co., NGK Spark Plug Company, Champion Spark Plug Company, National Weather Service, Airdensityonline.com, Angus Chemical, Dow Chemical, Combustion Research Facility (Sandia National Laboratories), Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (The Pennsylvania State University), Department of Chemical Engineering (Princeton University), Fraunhofer-Institut fur Chemische Technologie, Department of Physical Chemistry (University of Malaga), Journal De Physique IV, Toolingu, NHRA, IHRA, Drag Racing Magazine, and Hot Rod Magazine.

Table of Contents:

ABOUT THIS MANUAL 7
1 INTRODUCTION 9
2 COST OF ALTERNATIVES 11
3 BACKGROUND OF OUR RACECAR & ENGINE 15
4 TEST ENGINE SPECS & HIGH CR METHANOL PERFORMANCE BASELINE 16
5 THE BLOWER, A KEY PART OF THE COMBO 20
6 MAGNETO IGNITION 24
7 ENGINE LONG BLOCK ASSEMBLY REVISION 26
8 STARTING A NITROMETHANE ENGINE 30
9 ENGINE SIZE REVISION 33
10 RACING MECHANICAL FUEL INJECTION 36
11 FUEL DISTRIBUTION FROM ENGINE LEVEL 38
12 DRAG RACECAR TEST DATA SOURCES 40
13 TEST PLAN 46
14 TESTING BASELINE ON METHANOL 47
15 AIR DENSITY ADJUSTMENTS 56
16 HORSEPOWER CORRECTION FROM WEATHER EFFECTS 60
17 TEST #1 STRAIGHT METHANOL BASELINE 65
18 NITROMETHANE 79
19 NUMERICAL CONTROL 81
20 NITRO METHANOL BTUs ANALYSIS 91
21 PRELIMINARY STEPS FOR SETUP & TUNING 95
22 MIXING NITRO & METHANOL BY WEIGHT & BY VOLUME 102
23 TEST #2 & 2a NITRO DEVELOPMENT FOR 6% 108
24 TEST #3 NITRO DEVELOPMENT FOR PORT NOZZLE INSTALLATION 116
25 SETTING UP PORT NOZZLES 118
26 FUEL DISTRIBUTION ANALYSIS FROM RACECAR DYNAMICS 123
27 TESTS #1 THRU #7; NOZZLES & JETTING; STRAIGHT METHANOL UP TO 30% 126
28 TESTS #1 THRU #6 SUMMARY OF RESULTS; FROM STRAIGHT METH’L TO 30% NITRO ... 129
29 TEST #7: TURNING IT UP FOR 30% NITRO WITH MORE BLOWER SPEED 134
30 MORE NITRO 136
31 NITRO RACING COSTS 139
Appendix 1 AFR enrichment & lambda computations 144
Appendix 2 Total compression ratio from mechanical compression + boost 144
Appendix 3 Rotary engine size computation 145
Appendix 4 Btu’s computation example 145
Appendix 5 AFR’s & lambda 146
Appendix 6 Btu’s analysis expand. 147
Appendix 7 Computation for nitro AFR enrichment amount 148
Appendix 8 Computation for nitro enrichment by volume 148
Appendix 9 Nozzle & jet size 149
Appendix 10 Nitro mixing Pints by Volume 150
Appendix 11 Nitro mixing Quarts or Gallons by Volume 151
Appendix 12 Nitro mixing Liters by Volume 152
Appendix 12a. Chemical equation for stoich. AFR for 30% nitro 153
Appendix 13 Nitro mixing Amount by Weight using specific gravity 154
Appendix 14 & 15 Numerical control for tuning 156
GLOSSARY -- DEFINITIONS 158
GLOSSARY -- UNITS & ABBREVIATIONS 159
BIBLIOGRAPHY -- REFERENCES 161
INDEX -- ILLUSTRATIONS 162
INDEX -- TERMS 163
INDEX -- NAMES 167