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on 3 August 2004
I've collected a number of formula 1 books, covering the technical side of the F1 cars, these include Formula 1 technology, The quest for speed, The anatomy & development of the formula one racing car, and The science of speed (also by David Tremayne, but a different book)
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.
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