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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Bentley; 2nd edition (9 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837601428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837601427
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 16.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and informative. The author clearly showed a great deal of familiarity with race cars and does a good job of laying out concepts without overcoming the reader with formulas or technical jargon. At the same time, he addresses some very cutting edge concepts such as the use of micro-vortex generators for drag reduction, and ground effects and exhaust powered ejectors for down force. There is certainly enough material covered to keep the most avid aerodynamicist interested and looking for more. Personally, I would love to see a follow up book published that goes into more technical detail, but I'm sure the author doesn't want to give up all of his secrets.
The only place where I did find the book lacking was in addressing vortex flow. Passenger automobiles are using turbulent air flow more often these days, primarily to reduce drag, yet none of the tricks you see commonly on Porsches or Corvettes, or even on every day sedans were addressed. Hopefully the author is saving this for his next book.
Overall I would definitely recommend that anyone interested in exotic cars, either as a spectator or operator, add this book to their collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2000
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Although this book focusses on "race car" aerodynamics it has accurate descriptions of the major physical processes governing flows around cars generally. The chapter on finite wings is a particularly good introduction to this topic. I enjoyed the review of wind-tunnel concepts and the list of (rough) Cd values for a selection of cars is useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F1 Fan on 11 Aug. 2012
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I thought this book was worth the money, gives a range of insight to different aerodynamics of different vehicles from Indy/F1 to your standard car. Good explanations and diagrams.

The way I would improve it is to provide more technical images, focus more on aerodynamics of one vehicle, i.e. F1 cars, make the diagrams color as well would also be of benefit.
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By Kieran Dennington on 1 Feb. 2015
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Not a bad book for people new to the area. It's broken down into clear sections and is reasonably well explained in everything it covers. The only way it could be better is if it included more modern aerodynamic devices.examples, but hey, the book is ~20 years old.
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