The Science of Formula 1 Design: Expert Analysis of the Modern Grand Prix Car Hardcover – 15 Jul 2004
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About the Author
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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The diagrams are really nice, and I recommend this book for anyone doing Mech Eng. It should give a flavour about the pinnacle of Automotive engineering.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the price I was expecting a lot more. The book is more like a description of how amazing Formula 1 is and how much science is put into it. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Zsolt Cselinszkyi
Great drawings and photos. The book gives some great insights into F1 design that I have not seen in other F1 technical books.Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by Mike B