The use of nitrous oxide in diesel engines is not a new concept. In fact, it has been used in drag racing for decades. However, it is only in recent years that it has gained widespread popularity in the worlds of diesel truck pulling and drag racing. Now, it seems as if almost everyone in the competitive scene is using it.
Relying on OE manufacturers like Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Waukesha has always been an option, but diesel equipment owners are now more than ever seeking the aftermarket as a more viable solution for replacement parts.
Diesel and heavy duty go hand-in-hand. There’s no way around it. High compression causes high cylinder temperatures, with peak cylinder pressure often as high as 2,700 psi (or higher). This high pressure and high heat only have one thing in mind, to beat relentlessly on the first thing to get in the way – the pistons.
It’s no longer a secret… heck, it’s no longer that special for a diesel engine to make 1,000-plus horsepower. It’s become commonplace, and due to that increased capability, it seems these days, OE manufacturers are rating transmissions at their absolute limits.
With increased technology in turbo systems as well as fuel systems, the final limits of the 6.4L Cummins have not yet been discovered. These engines are capable of being a competitor in any event, whether it be truck pulling, drag racing, or cruising the strip.
Drew Pumphrey, owner of D&J Precision Performance, weighs in on stock vs. performance work in the shop and finding a balance between the two.
Spring has been in full gear and it’s about to give way to the summer months, which means it’s time for our annual diesel issue! I hope you’re as excited for this content as our team was to put it together. It got me thinking about my own interest in diesel trucks and engines and