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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments Spiral-bound – May 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0768011272 ISBN-10: 0768011272

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  • Spiral-bound: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers Inc (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768011272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768011272
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very detail but well written.
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The graphs in the book reiterate what the text says in an easy and understandable way.
Risto Doneski
This is the best book by far for understanding race car engineering.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a necessity for anyone who is seriously interested in understanding what happens concerning all aspects of the car. Whether mechanic, engineer, or general fan this book says it all. If you really want to understand the book completely, I would recommend at least a brush up in Calculus, and some trig.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Masiutin on April 3, 2005
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This is the mother of all books about race cars. If you were missing deep theoretical background on tuning your sports car or street car, this volume is for you. It is impossible to describe in detail what this textbook is about, in a single review.

What I liked most is the chapter on dampers (shock absorbers). It gave me the answers to lots of questions that I had before reading this published work, for example how to choose "ride/handling compromise" when adjusting damping ratio? Why stiffer dampers are more comfortable on large-amplitude bumps, while softer dampers provide smoother ride on small-amplitude bumps? "In an automobile, a suspension is used to reduce the discomfort induced by unevenness in the highway. As measure of discomfort is the vertical acceleration that the passenger is subjected while sitting in the vehicle". The book demonstrates the model where the passenger is linked to the road via three springs in a sequence: tire, coil and the seat, and one damper (shock absorber). There is a graph showing passenger vertical acceleration depending on the amplitude (frequency) of road irregularities, for distinct shock absorbers with various damping ratios. For a stiff shock absorber this diagram shows relatively flat curve, where the vertical acceleration is almost independent of frequency of bumps. For the soft shock absorber, there is a very high peak (several times higher comparing to a stiff damper) of vertical acceleration for the low-frequency bumps, and this acceleration curve quickly decays as the frequency increases. There is another graph, "transient load transfer analysis", which shows that with soft dampers, the suspension load in a turn fluctuates. This is another answer to the question why stiffer dampers (to a certain extent) provide better handling.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dalesandro on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a mechanical engineer. I am very into my hobby of race cars. I have a stack of books on chassis, suspnsion and overall race car design. This book is by far the best and most comprehensive of them all. I have benefited more from this book than any of the others. I will def be purchasing the work book to go along with this.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Vaughan on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If Puhn's "How to make your car handle" is practical and straightforward then RCVD is marvellously comprehensive and thorough. Casually flipping through it you might be deterred by the intensity of some of the mathematical passages in this book but this is just the "textbook" side of things. The Millikens also give very clear explanations, diagrams and concise well-structured advice. My one gripe was that the index, while long enough, tends to hide information under unexpected headings, with successive indents snaking from page to page until you quite lose the thread of where you are in the suspension alphabet. Still, it is probably the best currently published work on suspension theory, leavened by some very funny quotations in the chapter headings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Risto Doneski on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is beyond review.. Its in a league of its own. The content is thorough, indepth and is easy to comprehend by anyone. I found the book enjoyable, not just informative. The graphs in the book reiterate what the text says in an easy and understandable way.

I would highly recommend the book to anyone who would want to master vehicle dynamics, as well as engineers seeking to have topics such as aerodynamics and mechanics explained better, and in a more specified field. As well as topics such as vehicle design and race engineering from a management point of view.

The book was written by the best in the business and you do get what you pay for.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vito DiIenna on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Milliken lays down the fundamentals and advanced topic of vehicle dynamics as applied to racecars. The text is not for beginning or nontechnical readers in the slightest manner. Milliken points out many subtle and difficult areas to understand, which take hours of studying to fully grasp. For those seriously considering a career in this field or to the extremely interested reader, this text is the source of information.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Complete coverage of tire, chasis and aerodynamics.Detailed mathematical models
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are a student designing a race car for the competitive Formula SAE student design compitition, this book is essential. Along with the Caroll Smith's "--- to Win" books.
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