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Could do with more detail
on 16 May 2015
The book is very easy to read, but I feel it's lacking in detail around every area covered. Fine for an introduction if you have little previous engineering knowledge, but if you're a "bearded man in a shed", you will want more relevant (more on that later) detail in every chapter.
I am not a professional race engineer (computer programmer by trade), and I bought the book in hope that it might help me understand suspension design for my scratch built track day project better. It did this to a degree with some useful formulas, but unfortunately it fell short on the detail in several areas.
On the point of relevant detail; the book has several skillfully created solid works drawings and autocad drawings of gearbox internals and differentials etc. This I feel is irrelevant, because those drawings will not make you understand more about how they work - they're just detail at the wrong abstraction level. A model of how a car reacts with open, slip and closed differentials in a given situation would be better. Designs and parts change all the time, where-as fundamental models remain static(ish).
In short, if you have little previous knowledge or are a driver with a team and you want to understand a little bit of what's going on, it's great. If you want more detail to be able to design and actually UNDERSTAND, it falls short.