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Race Car Engineering & Mechanics Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HP Trade (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557883661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557883667
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Van Valkenburgh has been an automotive engineer for nearly 35 years, working for such clients as General Motors, McDonnell Douglas, Poenske racing, and many other racing teams.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Racho on September 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love this engineering book, and I own several. But the thing is, I'm no engineer, and as one reviewer put it, this book is a pleasure to read.

The author sticks to the basics, and the version I have is a revision of an older work. But proof that his basics are down-to-pat, the theories haven't changed. He just updated the pictures and some anecdotes.

Full of useful information, a racecar engineer might want to delve deeper by getting more technical books, but this book is still full of the basics -- what's really important. And for the race car driver or car enthusiast, this book will help you understand more about vehicle dynamics, suspension, etc.

Overall, highly recommended.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
A very useful book, perfect for race engineers, and a good launching platform for an engineer just starting to delve into the field of racecar engineering. Mr Van Valkenburg has a very unique view of racecar engineering that makes his writings a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Benito on December 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of the best books about race cars and vehicle dynamics I've read. You should have more theoretical sources if you really want to learn about all this, but this one is easy to read, cheap, and has huge amounts of useful information. You really feel the author knows what he is writing about, and he takes advantage of every single word to communicate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Marton on March 19, 2007
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It's a good book, but a little thin on actual math (ex: calculating motion ratios, natural frequency, damping factor, etc). It's also thin on practical applications like setting up corner weighting, or the effects of compression/rebound settings, shock technology, etc. It's a good read, but not the end-all reference.
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This book has a section on front wheel drive cars which is what made me buy it in the first place. It basically states that the author doesn't know much about it and that the people who do are not going to share the info anytime soon. He states that the section provides more questions than answers and I agree. The rest of the book is ok except for the parts where he recommends other books like tune to win by carrol smith which is a good book. People who are lucky enough to be involved in rwd racing will like this book because its not bad at all it just didn't cover what I needed.
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