How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars (Speedpro) (Speedpro Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Apr 2012
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Astoundingly comprehensive, well-written - with nicely inserted humour - it might be a soft-back, but this book is well worth 25 smackers. Even if the last thing you want to do is build a bike-engined racer. Informative and educational - and fun to read. Who cares if it's a 25 quid paperback? Read it; you won't be disappointed. - British Racing News -
There is an extensive amount of pictures and diagrams, which does help as there is a lot to read and it breaks up the text well. It describes the subjects that will affect this kind of build in good detail and would be very helpful for people looking into this area. - Track & Race Cars magazine -
... delivers just what it says on the cover by way of very sound, hard-worn practical advice. All those involved in race engine design and development would do well to familiarise themselves with its potential through this excellent book, which is absolutely crammed full of knowledgeable and splendidly well communicated first hand advice. You never know, you might even start your own project, just for the fun of it! - Race Engine Technology -
... it will frequently be taken from the bookcase for reference. Worth having. - The Motor Cycling Club -
An engineer is someone who washes his hands before going to the toilet! - an old saying perhaps, but just one example of Pashley's immensely readable style that provides an easy grasp of a complex subject. This, together with literally hundreds of diagrams and full colour illustrations, make this book an absolute 'must read' for anyone contemplating such a project. - Speedscene -
Reading the book is like talking to a knowledgeable mate down the pub, helping you to avoid the pitfalls and giving you the benefit of the authors experience. What is also great are the diagrams in the book, helping to simplify what can be complex topics such as suspension. - --teamdan.com
refreshingly frank ... From engines, transmission, chassis and cooling to fasteners and finishes, it's concise, clear and comprehensive. --Auto Express
About the Author
Tony Pashley has been active in motorsports for almost fifty years, starting out in motorcycle scrambling in 1957 and subsequently becoming involved in competing and developing machinery in various branches of the sport on two, three and four wheels. Initially trained as a toolmaker, he subsequently worked on engine development in the aircraft industry before becoming a project engineer in the nuclear power industry. For the last twenty years Tony has been involved in speed hillclimbing, invariably driving racing cars of his own design and construction with considerable success.
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So in closing, if you want a book with full designs for a cookie cutter knock-off Caterham this isnt the book you want, but if you want to build a unique and competitive car for racing, sprinting or hillclimbing then buy this book right now!
A lot of the concepts will transfer across to my future project, even if I choose not to use a bike engine. It's got the right amount of formulae in it to illustrate a point, but not so much that everybody's eyes glaze over.
Well worth the money even if you are not going to build an actual racing car, but rather some form of weekend car.
I especially enjoyed the section on monocoque design using aluminium honeycomb.
Even the chapters about car dynamics are very clear and are a good basis that can be expanded with aditional books about some areas ( suspension, aerodynamics, etc. ).
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It's not that easy to explain why I gave five stars to this book, but I'll do my best. At the beginning, I have to say, I've been quite disappointed with it, because I didn't find... Read morePublished 11 months ago by emascarri
Excellent book. THe author seems to have made the good choice to assume that the reader was familiar with the concept of building cars already. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mikael Sjölund
I have always wanted to build a single seat hill climb car of my own design. And Tony Pashley's book may well have cured me of that. Read morePublished 20 months ago by WitneyRowan
Like most of these books there is always something useful to find, also explains things in more simple terms compered with some maths based solutions of other books.Published 20 months ago by sin