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Speed: How To Make Things Go Really Fast [Kindle Edition]

Guy Martin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Guy Martin, lorry mechanic, motorcycle racing legend and favourite of the Isle of Man TT, lives for the buzz he feels racing his bike round terrifying bends at 200mph. Nothing, he claims, can match it. Or can it? Guy is about to find out …



Guy faces four dangerous and thrilling speed record challenges, pushing the boundaries of speed, and his body, to determine just how fast one man can go.



Together with the best of British engineering and design, scientific research, ground breaking technology and a Gold-medal-winning athlete or two, Guy attempts to pedal a bicycle over 100mph by using the slipstream of an articulated lorry; build the world’s fastest human-powered aircraft; hydroplane a modified motocross bike across a two kilometre lake and become the fastest man on a toboggan.



Tying in with the Channel 4 television series, Speed offers the inside track – the feats of engineering, the science behind the speed, the history of the challenges and Guy’s adrenaline fuelled, jaw-dropping attempts to break the records.



How do you create an aeroplane frame that’s super light but safe enough to crash?


What should you fill your bicycle tyres with if common air will explode under the heat of 100mph speeds? And why is the shape of a peregrine falcon the ideal model for a toboggan?



Exploring aerodynamics, surface tension, friction, gravity and ground effect, Guy discovers how and why things go really fast.



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Book Description

The ultimate book for speed freaks and thrill seekers, a mix of engineering, science, and going flat out. Has Guy got what it takes to be the fastest?

Warning: do not try this at home!

About the Author

Guy Martin is a British motorcycle racer and mechanic, and in his spare time he presents TV programmes. Born in 1981, he followed in his father’s footsteps by racing bikes, and in 2011 starred in the BAFTA nominated cult documentary film TT: Closer to the Edge about the Isle of Man TT. Guy has previously made documentary series’ with North One Television – one for the BBC, called The Boat that Guy Built and How Britain Worked for Channel 4 and now Speed, which combines his passions for engineering and racing very, very fast.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 163328 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9FBCIU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang on !! 13 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very interesting book about a very good programme, probably why it wasn't on for long enough !! If you like speed, order it, took me a week of bed times to read it cover to cover !! couldn't put it down. Bang on !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 9 Mar. 2014
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Various interesting ways at improving speed from self propelled, flying bike and other things, boats and cycles etc. All the different projects have a great and enthusiastic (Guy Martin) feel about it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of the last chapter? 7 Feb. 2014
By Big Jim
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant book, right up to half way through the last story, the one about the snow sled. It just stops half way through.
Its as though the last few pages didn't make it back from the printers before it was bound up into a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Guy Martin fans 4 May 2014
By X
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you do not care about Guy's eccentricity you will forgive this book for the absence of about half the last chapter. It's a good insight into the brilliant, brave mind of a motorcycle legend, and a presentation of extreme examples of that particular British brand of world-beating inventiveness.

Worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 21 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good read! Guy Martin is a star. There's bits in the book that wasn't on the TV show so well worth buying this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars needs more guy !! 30 Jan. 2014
By fred
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was quite disappointed that it didn't cover the complete guy martin speed tv serious, as it stops at guy martin looking for snow it doesn't mention that he broke the world record by 30mph and brought it back home to England other than that brilliant book and I really enjoyed it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 11 Feb. 2014
By Alice
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My son loved this book and also his tv programmes excellent really well done good gift for someone who likes challenges
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting subject material and great to find out more details behind the TV series. Like the layout as well Looking forward to biography :)
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