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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (January 11, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879381868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879381868
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The late Carroll Smith is revered throughout the automotive hobby, particularly in racing circles. His books are still considered "standard references" for anyone restoring, building, or fabricating a car or car parts.www.carrollsmith.com

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In college times the only copy of this book in the library passed a long time in my hands.
A. Magalhaes
His writing style gives you the information your after clearly and well defined and often humerously.
bonedar
Engineer to Win is a good book for anyone wanting information on metals and the science involved.
D. Versalko

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Engineer to Win " by Carroll Smith is the third book in his series of hands on guides to racing. Anyone who has read his earlier books, "Tune to Win" and "Prepare to Win" has probably already ordered this book. Those out there haven't been introduced to Carroll Smith are in for a very enjoyable experience. All to often engineering books written by engineering professors for engineers are technically correct but drier than a popcorn fart. Smith is just the opposite. His sense of humor and down to earth writing style are a welcome relief to readers used to struggling to get through technical manuals. He teaches you basic engineering principles in easy to understand terms for the layman. This volume contains an excellent crash course (excuse the pun) in metalurgy. While he has been there and done that and doesn't B.S. you, he manages to not come off like a know-it-all. In fact, when he's not an expert on the subject, he'll tell you so and send you elsewhere for the information. For example on composites he'll send you to an experimental aircraft source because that's where the cutting edge of that technology lies. I give this book, my highest rating and recomend it to racers, fans, and anyone who ever wanted to get in to racing. Although you may want to start with one of his earlier books first, the wealth of information contained, and the manner in which it's presented in this series is enough to single handedly move you from the grandstands to the pits. Enjoy & good luck!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian Barnett on June 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read many books pertaining to chassis design, construction techniques, automotive materials selection, suspension design, engine design, engine components and construction, aerodynamics, downforce, sheetmetal fabrication, welding, machining, car tuning, etc. Few I have read more than twice. This is one of those few books. But why?
Carroll Smith presents the information logically, clearly and with the correct amount of depth so that you may make cognizent decisions. He is able to write in such a way that it reads easily...as though you have recorded your conversation as he answers your many questions. It is not dull, engineering jargon but interesting, factual data presented well. It would be nice if all subjects were as well documented and presented. A thanks to Mr. Smith for sharing the information. It must have taken many years (and lessons) to gather.
The pictures are done well, the graphs and tables present the information clearly and adequately backup his statements. If you read the book and absorb all that is presented for you, you will be a much wiser individual for the experience. You will be a better racecar builder AND a better driver as you will understand what is happening as you navigate the course.
I would recommend not only this book but the entire "to WIN" series as they all share these traits.
Happy learning!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Fingerle on September 21, 2005
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Smith's books have become bibles for many racers. This one has very good sections dealing with detail aspects of race car systems although it felt like something was missing in the area of suspensions. But suspensions require their own book so that is probably unavoidable.

Smith spent nearly the first third of the book explaining the history, refining, and structure of steel. Interesting stuff but what he was getting to was why ferrous metals fail, and not all of the information in the first third of the book was required for that. And this is a metals book, he had little experience with composites and there is really no useful information about them in the book.

All of his information on threaded fasteners is in his fastener book (which is very good) so reducing that would have made more space for info about race car systems.

I was surprised to see that much of his info about welding was either outdated or incorrect according to the American Welding Society.

So, don't expect too much from this one and check critical information with other sources.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Wardle on June 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book can look a little daunting as you flick through the pages, however, once you begin to read it, you realise just how good it is! Starting with a basic metallurgy and physics course that most school text books should look to copy, Mr. Smith keeps interest in what could be a somewhat tedious subject using witty comments and practical observations. He then leads us through steel making, alloy processes and finally on to the application of all of the above in the racing car. A brilliant book from start to finish. The only criticism that I would make is that it needs an update to include more on composite techniques and finite element analysis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Strawman on February 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
The late Carroll Smith is certainly opinionated, but knowledgable on the fundamentals of materials engineering. Although much has happened in the materials field since this writing, the basic fundamentals are covered well.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Loukinas on April 1, 2002
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This book is packed with all the nerd one could ever use.
I would rate this book very high for someone looking to increase their techinical knowledge of racing. It covers different types of materials and their ability to hold up during a race. Very good book.
Jeremy
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