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Porsche High-performance Driving Handbook [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Vic Elford
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15 Dec 2007
This book is written by the world s foremost expert on driving Porsche cars to their limits, and offers readers the latest information on making the most recent Porsche models and technology. Vic Elford shares his winning insights into the ride control systems, new tire compounds, Tiptronic and Direct-Shift Gearbox transmissions that have transformed the driving experience, and the challenges of driving a Porsche. As he discusses recent models ranging from the new generations of the 911 to the whole-cloth inventions of the Boxter, Cayenne, Cayman S and Carrera GT modern images and historic photographs take the reader through Porsche s history and evolving technology. Written for both road drivers and racers, this is an invaluable asset for any Porsche driver and will quickly become a popular best-selling title.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 2 edition (15 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760327548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327548
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vic Elford knows a thing or two about high performance driving, particularly in Porches. A former engineer, talanted race driver and victor in a multitude of race disciplines Vic has the experience of driving some of the most iconic race and production cars ever produced. In this tome, Vic beautifully illustrates with considerable detail his guidelines to to the art of high-performance driving. In a clear and readable way through 14 chapters, Vic shares his knowledge of the art of driving competently, safely and quickly in a Porsche road car. He elaborates upon the unique engenering setups that that give Porsches their charectaristic handeling traits, and how to understand and control the car's charecteristics. At the beginning of each chapter, Vic puts the topic into context with a real life racing experience from his career. The book commences with waht he considers to be the very basics of driving competently - being comfortable and as one with the car. Developing through a logical progression of chapters, he goes on to explain how various aspects of driving and the vehicle can be mastered and manipulated through carefully controlled driver inputs and driving theory. As well as supplying great detail of the physics behind the dynamics of his explenations, Vic writes in an accessible and interesting manner. Illustrated throughout by fascinating period photographt of the man in cation, this book is a must for anyone wanting to understand how to drive effectivly, smoothly, and quickly in his or her Porsche road car --GT Porsche July 2008br ;Elford Updated: A fully revised edition of Vic Elford's Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook is now available in paperback. As before, it covers exactly what the tile says - for once you can judge a book by it's cover. using diagrams, photographs and text it describes, in detail, how to get the most out of driving rapidly but safley on both road and track. The new edition incorporates changes to take account of the latest technology, especially in chassic control and tyre construction. --Porsche Post August 2008;-If you think you can drive well, you'll drive better after reading this book --BRSCC Racing News, August 2008;No-one is better quaified to talk about driving Porsches quickly tahn Vic Elford, and this new edition of his classic work takes account of the modern Porsch features such as Tiptronic. The Elford anecdotes and pics from his glory days elevate it form being just a 'how to drive' manual --Octane magazine ;Written by a some-time Porsche race and rally driver, it might be suggested that there is no better qualified individual to write such a book. Well, this is the second edition so it must be fairly popular. if you are interested in improving your driving style, there are innumerable hints and tips contained within its paperback pages, which deal with the technicalities of driving --Octane magazine --Octane magazine<br /><br />It's rare to read a driving manual from cover to cover - but I found it hard to put this book down. Englishman Vic Elford probably knows as much about Porsches as anyone - in the 60's he was one of the drivers who put Porsche on the racing map. He was the first man to win the Monte Carlo Rally in the marque and , just a week later, won the Daytona 24-hour in one. The astonishing, yet largley unkown, success of Vic included racing in Formula 1, the Indy Car Series, and even stock cars, as well as many rally successes. Indeed, the rules for the Can Am and Trans am were changed because Vic and his Porsche 910 and 917s won too often. So if anyone is qualifiedto write about performance car driving 'Quick' Vic's your man. This, the second edition of the Porsche High performance Driving Handbook, has been brought right up to date since the first appeared some 10 years ago. --Speed racer dot com

It's cheaper than a turbocharger and you can use it to become a faster, smoother, safer driver. --Evening Standard

Vic's book is an excellent starting point for any Porsche driver of any model. Nicely balanced between technical concepts and real-life examples, it stays interesting throughout. His emphasis on smoothness throughout the book echoes what you'll hear again and again at any instructed PCA Driving Event. It is a great preparation to becoming seriously involved in driving events and is equally valuable for having fun and being safe on the street. By no means is it the most complete or exhaustive book on the topic; rather, it is a marvelous and exciting introduction --Elford's style is easy to follow and fun to read. Nice balance of anecdotes and applications. Easy to follow diagrams and well suited to those not looking for track advice. Good, practical advice for the everyday situations. Good value for money. --Speed racer dot com

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Vic Elford is the premier test driver for Porsche, with decades of practicle experience driving, testing, reviewing Porsch cars.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, complete base to begin your studies. 10 Mar 1998
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Elford's style is easy to follow and fun to read. Nice balance of anecdotes and applications. Easy to follow diagrams and well suited to those not looking for track advice. Good, practical advice for the everyday situations. Good value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book overall 11 Nov 2011
By Pedro
A good book overall about driving techniques, although I think the front cover description mislead me into thinking it was more of a technical manual.
It is as much an autobiography of the authors racing career with some interesting anecdotes and photographs from the 1960's and 70's
He uses these anecdotes to put various driving techniques into a racing context and indeed it reminded me of a couple of things and I learned a few new things as well.
Overall a good book worth a look especially if you are into Porsches's.
No book can beat getting behind the wheel however so sign up for some tuition at a track.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures 1 Feb 2010
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If you like looking at photos of racing porsches, then fair enough. I didn't learn anything about driving that I didn't know already. Clever marketing, and good quality coffee table book.
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