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Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Handbook [Hardcover]

Simon McBeath
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19 Jan 2006
Aerodynamics is a science in itself, and is one of the most important factors in modern competition car design. This new book, a successor to "Competition Car Downforce", covers all aspects of aerodynamics, including both downforce and drag. This complex subject is explained in down-to-earth terms, with the aid of numerous illustrations demonstrating how aerodynamic devices work. Aimed primarily at amateur and semi-professional designers and drivers, as well as students, this fascinating book will also appeal to armchair enthusiasts wishing to gain a better understanding of the subject.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (19 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844252302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844252305
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Victory Lane Magazine", July 2006"Every racer - vintage or contemporary - will benefit from reading this book for the performance and safety."

About the Author

Simon McBeath, a freelance motoring writer, is a regular contributor to Racecar Engineering magazine. He runs his own composite wing design and manufacturing business, supplying several leading teams, and has over 25 years' experience in speed hillclimbs and sprints, building, developing and driving single-seaters. He lives near Blandford, Dorset.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 Aug 2009
As a motor sport fan and not a participant i found the book easy to understand and very relevent. It seems to cover all aspects of aerodynamics enough to be informative but not to confusing. The book gives examples of theory put into practice with plenty of photos and diagrams to get the message across. A great read if your interest in motorsport is more than just watching the race!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good all rounder 17 Feb 2009
this book was bought for my son who is doing a degree in racecar technology. it provides a very sound basis for studying aerodynamics on race cars and is packed with good diagrames and pictures. for somebody starting from scratch this is just the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific introduction for the racer who doesn't have a PhD 25 July 2006
By J. Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
This book is very specific in its approach. It goes over the broad theory of aerodynamics as it applies to racing, and then explains each component of a contemporary race car, covering the front end (airdams, splitters and spoilers), the back end (wings), the underside (underbody aerodynamics), and other miscellaneous aero aids. In each chapter, he walks through a host of different tests to show not just which configurations are going to work best, but also why they are going to work best.

For drivers of open wheeled or production-based race cars, this is a great handbook to use in formulating your approach to the often misunderstood world of aero.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview and introduction 4 Mar 2008
By Mike Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Jack Olsen and Joćo Carlos Matoso are both correct: this book has some excellent information aimed at the person who does not have any specialized knowledge of aerodynamics. I'm a track car driver and aeronautical engineer, and I found the book to be a little too simplified for my background. But I've recommended it to a lot of non-aerodynamicists as an introductory work, and they have all loved it.

If you are a racing fan who wants to understand the aero packages, or if you are a racer or track driver who wants to know which aero options will be appropriate for your needs, this is a great place to start educating yourself. Even if you are an airplane engineer (like me), this does give you some insight into the differences between car and airplane aerodynamics. But if you are looking for a technical discussion on boundary layer models and doing CFD gridding, this isn't the book you are looking for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The way for beginners to know something about cars aerodynamics 4 Jan 2007
By Joćo Carlos Matoso - Published on Amazon.com
It is rather interesting especially for someone who is a beginner in the subject. Not so much for those who already bear some competency in the area.

These will have learnt aerodynamics applied to airplanes and I was especially interested in learning all the "twicks" of underbody / tunnel air routing but I was somehow deceived.

Joćo Carlos Matoso,

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to car aerodynamics 3 Nov 2006
By R. Grothe - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was well written in a very British style. It covers most aerodynamic devices on modern competition cars and gives a few examples focusing on a Nascar study and a Formula-1 BAR Honda study. I would have liked to have seen more original work from the author to specifically and graphically detail each component that goes into the aerodynamics of a competition car instead of just reproducing other studies. However, as an introduction to the field of aerodynamics of cars this book is easy to understand and fairly informative.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book for those interested in this subject but very poor QC. 28 May 2010
By Robert J. Peeples - Published on Amazon.com
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First a comment about quality unrelated to the writers presentation: I have a great many books and take rigorous care of them. That said the quality of the binding of this book was extremely poor, the binding falling apart by the time I reached page 65, leaving the pages loose from the spine. Unfortunately, this occured just a couple of days after Amazons return policy expired, so beware.
I'm a professional hydrologist and as such work with water flow in my job. Therefore; when I became interested in aerodynamics of vehicles I bought several books, thinking that the applications between water and air might be similar. Well, they are similar, but NOT the same.
This is a terrific introductory book on this subject and is written in a style that makes for excellent understanding and causes the reader to think rather than simply absorb information. I'd recommend this book highly for those who are interested in vehicle aerodynamics and have at least a reasonable grasp of mathematics. You don't need advanced calculus but some algebra is helpful in understanding.
I was extremely pleased with this book as a stepping-stone to more advanced publications. If you're already a professional aerodynamicist then you probably will skip over this one but if you're simply interested in what all those fins and other gizmos on modern racing cars are and how they work, this is the book for you.

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