The Chariot Makers: Assembling the Perfect Formula 1 Car Hardcover – 18 Mar 2004
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"Fluent, often entertaining" (SUNDAY TIMES SPORT)
"Formula One's just kicked off and here's about the best mood-setter for it there's been for a good many years. This highly original piece of work does exactly what it says it will. And very well too." (LADSMAG)
"A good idea, well done." (MOTORSPORT)
"A loving, detailed account of F1's greatest achievements." (ZOO WEEKLY)
"Steve Matchett is one of the best writers on the sport. Matchett's latest book is well worth a look ... informative and fact-filled." (DAILY EXPRESS MOTORING)
"Formula One fans should read Matchett, who does a good job of reducing science to a comprehensible level." (THE TIMES BUSINESS)
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Structured around a series of conversations Matchett had while waiting for a delayed flight (although taking a little dramatic licence), the book covers in considerable detail the hypothetical design of the "perfect F1 car".
Areas covered include chassis, fuel system, transmission, engine, suspension, aerodynamics, tyres, brakes, electronics. In each area Matchett examines how F1's got where it is today, looks at the design alternatives, and describes what's "best in breed". Few doors in F1 are closed to Steve - his long stint as a senior Benetton mechanic and his television work mean he knows most of the technical people and there is a lot of insight into "why" as well as "how" in this book - his own experience colours a lot of the choices, too, with some solutions being described as ideal in theory, but unworkable in practice purely because they're so hard to assemble or maintain!
Matchett always writes well and engagingly, and this is a book that's intelligent, literate, technically sound, occasionally amusing, cogently argued and full of surprising insight into why some conventions of F1 design have arisen.
An excellent overview of modern F1 technology by a true insider. Those who want to go much further should have a look at Peter Wright's "Formula 1 Technology", but for most readers this is all the technical background you'll need. Excellent.
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Very little about formula one that I didn't already know and it took a long time to get to that. Am only 33% into book but will not finish.Published on 6 May 2014 by mrs lynn roiwse
Recommended for fans of F1 and want to know what life is like for the mechanics. Very well written, Steve gives you his experiences and tells you a lot more then I was expecting.Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by DanPoole's kindle
As a fan of Mr Matchett it is nice to see his perspective on the F1 scene form the other side of the prison wall (where we see it from).Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by Peter W Roberts