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Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE [Kindle Edition]

Matt Brown
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Book Description

In 2006, a small unavailing university auto racing team began building a racecar that would challenge the best engineering schools in the world. With fewer people and resources than any of the top competitors, the only way they were going to win was to push the limit, go for broke, and hope for more than a little luck.

By the time they got to the racetrack, they knew: In the fog of fierce competition, whether you win or lose, you learn the hardest lessons about engineering, teamwork, friendship, and yourself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1718 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Car Publishing; First edition (October 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00637KNZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,628 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all young motor sports enthusiasts August 31, 2012
By awsam
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I bought this e-book because my son will be attending a UK university with a Formula Student program.
I avidly read this book which clearly illustrates the kind of passion and drive that is peculiar to engineering students who want the challenge offered by Formula SAE. Even though a lot of the technical aspects were lost on me one can really imagine what it is like to be a member of a Formula SAE team. The book is a lot about technology but it's even more about working together, believing in one's ideas and enjoying the competition. I can't help but recommend this book highly to whoever wants to become a Formula SAE team member. My son read the book straight through without being able to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My wife received this book in the mail as a gift and before she had a chance to read it I picked it up and was immediately fascinated with a very interesting narration of the experiences of a team of student engineers at Oklahoma University designing and building a formula SAE racecar. The story telling qualities of the author are reminiscient of books by John McPhee who can take an esoteric subject of limited mass appeal and write about the subject in such an engaging manner that it is hard to put down the book. This book is that type of read. The book covers all the aspects of the design and building decisions that had to be made and a recounting of the almost obscene numbers of hours spent and dedication of all the team members required to bring the project to completion in addition to an interesting discussion of the ensuing competition in Detroit Michigan and Southern California. No punches are pulled and the failures as well as the successes are well documented. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the writing style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Racing Primer July 10, 2012
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Interesting book about a college racing team run by engineering students...This book is a well written and entertaining diary of the trials and tribulations of the OU racing team...Students on the team are committed to excellence, spending night and day working on their car...The book documents how addictive racing can be, but it also demonstrates the practical value of hands on experience. Racing is a sport that is always in a state of change, and teams are constantly making adjustments to stay competitive. Manufacturers like Honda understand the educational value of racing, and employ many of their young engineers in their racing programs...The prizes in all of the competitions are trophies and footnotes on a resume, but the top teams are dedicated to winning in this amateur sport...Recommend this book to anyone interested in racing, and engineering students with automotive aspirations...Great price for the digital version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an interesting look into a little-known form of motorsport: race cars built as school projects by college students. It's also a glimpse into just what kind of obsession racing can become, as Matt Brown details how building and driving the car slowly begins to consume all of his (and his teammates') time and money. Everything falls by the wayside as these students spend up to eighteen hours in the shop in the pursuit of speed.

This is a fun book, and if you're into racing at all, give it a spin. I wish I had known about Formula SAE when I was younger; if I had, I may have gone to school instead of the military. Of course, given how racing devours your time and money and often gives so little back, maybe it's good that I didn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised. December 19, 2013
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I'm not sure why I picked this book up. I pick a lot of books up. Anyway, I have no interest in race cars or engineering. BUT, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not "great literature", but it is a great story, well told. And I learned a lot.

Good writing voice. Well paced. Well done, Mr Brown. Write another book. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic. August 11, 2013
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As a guy who is planning on going into FSAE motorsports, this book was invaluable as it was entertaining. The book was very well-written and had a lot of (very) honest info. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be on a race team, read this now-you don't have an excuse not to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The thrill and agony May 4, 2013
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The anguish over completing a multi faceted project by a team of many people is clearly felt. The reader feels the pressure. Anticipation is high. An appreciation of race cars is almost not necessary. Well told story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read - because it's about real life November 4, 2012
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This book is an interesting read - which is mainly about "what it takes" to be successful. The headline subject won't appeal to everyone - but the dedication and commitment - show what it actually takes to reach the top. This book tells the unvarnished story of how to obsess about your passion - and how to turn that obsession into a successful career. This is a story that a lot more people in our world should read and understand - because it is all about how to succeed - with hard work and judicious use of brainpower.

Much, much more than the history of a few geeks who like racecars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny written book about some real racing engineering.
Published 1 month ago by Wulfer de B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good father and son time reading it before bed...
Reading it with my 11 year old son, who loves to tinker and build things. Other than a few bad words that I edit out, great book for kids interested in engineering fields.
Published 2 months ago by Eric Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Very realistically presented!
Published 3 months ago by Library lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
Useful and interesting to read not only for automotive enthusiasts and aspiring engineers, but also for anyone in the position of managing others. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ryan Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely wonderful!
Published 4 months ago by alfred nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great read for any "gearhead" or engineer that has experienced "SAE fever"..
Published 5 months ago by R. Adomaitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book chronicling a bunch of college kids building a race car. The author struck a nice balance between the technical and human factors that went into building the car.
Published 5 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars great story about grass roots racking.
This shows how racers do this for the love of the sport. Good read and probably inspirational for those following.
Published 5 months ago by Ken S. Tsuda
4.0 out of 5 stars Learned Something New
I was going through the free books for Kindle one day and this was available so I downloaded a copy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by HuntleyMC
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