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Think Fast: The Racer's Why-To Guide to Winning

Think Fast: The Racer's Why-To Guide to Winning [Kindle Edition]

Neil Roberts

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Being successful in racing is completely reliant on understanding and mastering the basics. If you don’t have the proper approach to building, tuning and racing you will simply spend money with little results. Neil’s success in this arena makes him uniquely qualified to give you this ‘Why-To’ guide to winning. Neil shares his techniques and more importantly, his reasons for why you need to approach things a certain way. Rarely does a technical book in the motorsports field so adequately cover the topic from this angle. Typically the mantra is to simply tell the reader what to do rather than truly educate them to think for themselves. This book is that rare text that not only educates, but also provides understanding.

About the Author

Neil Roberts is an aerospace engineer, a 25 year member of the Sports Car Club of America, and a professional race car design engineer. Neil competed very successfully in autocross events and SCCA club racing for 20 years, then competed as a professional racing team engineer at Hall/VDS Racing for 4 years. In addition to working with Jim Hall, Neil worked with drivers John Andretti and Teo Fabi. Neil then joined Swift Engineering and designed 28% of the parts in Swift's first Champ car, the 007.i. That car won its debut race with Michael Andretti driving. Neil has also been a technical advisor to Texas A&M University's Formula SAE program and a design judge every year at the Formula SAE California competition. Additional projects that Neil has accomplished at Swift include chief engineering the design and construction of the Eclipse Concept Jet in 200 days, and working on projects for DARPA.

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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for aspiring race track engineers 25 Nov 2010
By Matthew Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book that covers the "why-to" versus the "how-to". Roberts assumes you have read the Carroll Smith "To Win" series of books, and it is necessary that you do so to get the most from this book. Roberts is very effective at provoking thought of how to apply professional level racing practices to an amateur level. The peer-to-peer style of writing makes for an easy read, and bridges the gap between thinking like a driver and thinking like an engineer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carroll Smith Rehashed 19 Aug 2010
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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While I have learned a few things from this book, it seems like most of it is already covered in Carroll Smith's books. Not much new material in it, especially considering it is about 30-40 years more modern than Smith's books. I think Texas A&M are probably the best Formula SAE team of all time, and Mr. Roberts probably played a significant role in this. Despite this, I find there are way to many generalizations that while may be appropriate for road racing type cars, are not appropriate for FSAE.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Think Fast" book was very easy to read and understand the principles behind why a ... 24 July 2014
By J. Dulaney - Published on Amazon.com
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"Think Fast" book was very easy to read and understand the principles behind why a car does what it does.

I bought the book (along with several competing books) because I was trying to redesign the suspension on my racecar. It is no longer a street vehicle, so I was trying to remove the 'street handling' characteristics. I found that Neil presented a clear path to help me with this, beyond the theory and numbers seen in other texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 12 Feb 2014
By jay novak - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been racing for nearly 50 years and I still learned a lot. A different and important perspective that every racer should read.

Thanks ... Jay Novak
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