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Race Car Engineering and Mechanics [Paperback]

Paul Van Valkenburgh
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HP Books (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557883661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557883667
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,321,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over 200 photos and illustrations 'Race Car Engineering & Mechanics' will guide you through the complete process of engineering a race car. Theory, development and mechanics of race car engineering are covered in a balanced and concise format. Written for either the experienced non-racing mechanic, or the non-racing engineer, this book shows you how to apply your knowledge. The second edition has been revised to include information on front wheel drive race cars, wind tunnels and aerospace materials. This book concludes with an inside look at the future of racing technology. TOPICS INCLUDE: Aerodynamics and Ground Effects; Racing Suspension Geometry & Design; Brake Systems; Testing & Race Set-up; The Driver's Role; Tire Technology; Wind Tunnels; Racing Computers. QUOTES: 'For anyone remotely interested in race car engineering - serious fans among them - this book is a must...its longevity underlines the book's true value...a veritable classic.' Autoweek. 'An excellent book, one of the few with real engineering credibility.' - Lee Dykstra, winning professional sports car driver. 'Unquestionably the most current, factual, and detailed expose of present-day race car engineering available. Definitely required reading for both serious and casual race engineers.' - Tony Cicale, winning Indy car engineer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad at all ! 9 May 2001
By A Customer
Very Complete book, great for rokies, good balance between theory and pratc.
A great CD ROM also comes with the book... Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technical, but still Easy to Read 1 Oct 2004
By Alfred Racho - Published on Amazon.com
I love this engineering book, and I own several. But the thing is, I'm no engineer, and as one reviewer put it, this book is a pleasure to read.

The author sticks to the basics, and the version I have is a revision of an older work. But proof that his basics are down-to-pat, the theories haven't changed. He just updated the pictures and some anecdotes.

Full of useful information, a racecar engineer might want to delve deeper by getting more technical books, but this book is still full of the basics -- what's really important. And for the race car driver or car enthusiast, this book will help you understand more about vehicle dynamics, suspension, etc.

Overall, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the perfect compromise between theory and practice. 24 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A very useful book, perfect for race engineers, and a good launching platform for an engineer just starting to delve into the field of racecar engineering. Mr Van Valkenburg has a very unique view of racecar engineering that makes his writings a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 17 Dec 2005
By G. Benito - Published on Amazon.com
One of the best books about race cars and vehicle dynamics I've read. You should have more theoretical sources if you really want to learn about all this, but this one is easy to read, cheap, and has huge amounts of useful information. You really feel the author knows what he is writing about, and he takes advantage of every single word to communicate it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 19 Mar 2007
By Steven Marton - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a good book, but a little thin on actual math (ex: calculating motion ratios, natural frequency, damping factor, etc). It's also thin on practical applications like setting up corner weighting, or the effects of compression/rebound settings, shock technology, etc. It's a good read, but not the end-all reference.
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not what I wanted 3 Aug 2012
By michael colton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a section on front wheel drive cars which is what made me buy it in the first place. It basically states that the author doesn't know much about it and that the people who do are not going to share the info anytime soon. He states that the section provides more questions than answers and I agree. The rest of the book is ok except for the parts where he recommends other books like tune to win by carrol smith which is a good book. People who are lucky enough to be involved in rwd racing will like this book because its not bad at all it just didn't cover what I needed.
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