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The Science of Formula 1 Design: Expert Analysis of the Anatomy of the Modern Grand Prix Car (2nd edition) [Hardcover]

David Tremayne
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21 Sep 2006
Leading F1 journalist David Tremayne unravels the mysteries of modern Grand Prix car design in a revised and updated 2nd Edition of this fascinating all-colour book. The authoritative, extensively illustrated text explains just how an F1 car works. The philosophy and technology behind the chassis, engine, transmission, electronics, steering, suspension, brakes, tyres and aerodynamics are analysed, and the important question of how these parts and systems interact is explored. This is an absorbing insight into the secretive and technology-driven world of racing car design at its highest level.


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253401
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Executive Editor of Motoring News and Motor Sport for many years, David Tremayne is a highly respected freelance writer whose roles include Grand Prix correspondent for the Independent on Sunday. His previous books for Haynes include The Science of Speed and The Science of Safety. He lives at Harrow, in Middlesex.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best technical analysis book on F1 cars 3 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've collected a number of formula 1 books, covering the technical side of the F1 cars, these include Formula 1 technology, The quest for speed, The anatomy & development of the formula one racing car, and The science of speed (also by David Tremayne, but a different book)
If you're interested in an introduction to the F1 cars, The science of Formula 1 design is by far the best.
The chapters cover all the important areas like aerodynamics, chassis, engine, transmission, electronics, suspension & steering, brakes and tyres.
The aerodynamics chapter includes sections on front wings, noses (with Willaims latest "Walrus" nose covered), barge boards, sidepods, undertray, airboxes, rear wheel scallops, rear wings, diffuser, and gurney flaps, etc.
The book also goes through the manufacture process of the chassis, with lots of colour photographs, and the crash tests that it has to withstand.
In the suspension and steerng chapter, there are diagrams, that have enabled me to fully understand the difference between the "single-keel" chassis and the "twin-keel" chassis. Something I've heard about but could never find much information about.
Overall this book is BRILLIANT, has lots of colour photographs and diagrams (by Giogio Piola, who has a series of very good yearly technical analysis books) and is completely up-to-date, it has a section of the future of the sport and includes the transcript from the press briefing with FIA President Max Mosley at Monaco on 4th May 2004, plus the proposed new rules.
If your after a book on the history of the F1 car, look elsewhere.
If you want a book on the latest F1 cars, get this one, I would like to give it 6 stars as I am so impressed by it, plus for the price Amazon are selling it for, it is a true bargain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic, but truthful 9 Sep 2004
Format:Hardcover
If you are new to the sport, this is a mighty book. It is very broad and the pictures are fantastic. The text is good and the editing sharp.
However, for those that already know the basics, there is nothing new here. Having followed F1 since the early 90s, it did not teach me anything, which was disappointing.
If you want a first step, this is a great book, but more experienced fans will get more out of Giorgio Piolas books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 19 Jan 2013
By Mike B
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great drawings and photos. The book gives some great insights into F1 design that I have not seen in other F1 technical books.
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