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The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance (R-351) [Hardcover]

Paul Haney
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March 2003 0768012414 978-0768012415
Based on 15 years of tire research, this book presents clear, non-academic explanations of how and why tires really work. Haney provides new insight into topics such as the complexity of rubber, how a pneumatic tire generatres grip, and how to tune grip and balance using the load sensitivity of tires.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers Inc (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768012414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768012415
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any information about tires is a treasure! April 3, 2005
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The tire is the most important part of an automobile, and the least covered by the literature. That's why any information about tires is a treasure. The complexity of the structure and behavior of the tire are such that no complete and satisfactory theory has been propounded. Books on vehicle dynamics are available but they are mostly written by academics who emphasize mathematical rather than clear explanation of how things really work. The tire might be the most useful and complicated device humans make, but the tire manufacturers provide no useful information to their customers. People are forced to buy tires mainly on the basis of price and company reputation. Even race teams get tire data only sporadically, and that data is pretty useless anyway. Tire performance is necessarily highly dynamic, but tire data comes mainly from testing under static conditions.

This book describes basic properties of components of the rubber compound, carbon black reinforcement, and so on. It also shows mechanical model for rubber: "If you apply a cyclic force the rubber will deform mostly like a spring and give back the force applied to it, but also partly like a damper which is sensitive to the speed (frequency ) of the applied force". The book breaks rubber friction into adhesion (molecular bonding) and mechanical keying (deformation friction). Mechanical keying becomes more important when the road surface is lubricated by dust, water or ice; here is where another interesting property of rubber, viscoelasticiity comes into play. "Press your thumbnail into a street tire and the rubber rebounds. Press it into a racing tire and the mark stays there, recovering only slowly. This is a simple but crude test of hysteresis, or energy loss, in rubber".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A technical book that you can't put down? July 8, 2004
By C. Ping
Beleive it or not, this technical book had me glued to its pages like a great work of fiction. Haney is an excellent writer, and the 'meat' of the text is intertwined with great real-world stories and examples from motorsport. Interviews with Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, as well as other less famous but no less competent vehicle dynamic experts are included.
The first part of the book is everything you could have ever imagined you'd like to know about tires. There are explanations and insights into tire manufacturing and testing that I don't think you could find anywhere else. If you are into any form of motorsport you realize how important tires are; this book will help you understand how tires function and, even more importantly, how to use this information to go faster!
The second section of the book is basic vehicle dynamics. If you're well read, most of that will be review. But for beginners, I think the way Haney starts with tire dynamics and works ino the vehicle is very natural and a good way to learn for the first time.
This book is technical but easy to read, contains information and discussion that will be enjoyable for veterans yet not overwhelm newcomers to vehicle dynamics. Even if you have a large library I promise you this book will remain one of your all-time favorites.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you race, and read, read this book February 5, 2007
The Racing & high-performance Tire "using the tires to tune for grip & Balance" by Paul Haney.

As an autocross racer I know that tires are the second most important factor in quick laps; (the driver being the first) and this book told me everything I wanted to know about racing tires.

Graphs abound showing grip (as lateral force) verses slip angle, and camber curves showing, grip verses tire camber. The graphs and drawings are interspersed with text explanations and stories from the tire and racing industries.

This is a "near engineering textbook." Concepts of force, pitch, Center of Gravity, spring rate and contact patch are well covered, but the mathematics coverage is very light. One can read the book and work any equations presented with simple algebra (no calculus required.) For me, as a technically minded racer, but not a tire engineer, the level of detail was superb; in depth without being mind numbing.

While many of the concepts in the book I have seen before; frequently they are presented in a confusing, incomplete or contradictory way in more shallow treatments (say for instance in car magazines, or on forums on the `net). I learned some things that I hadn't seen before as well. For instance there is a graph on page 197 showing "self aligning torque vs. slip angle... (for) 3 cambers" It shows that Self Alignment Torque decreases as slip angles increase, where grip is maximized. Leading to the concept that: "One of the holy grails of racecar setup is to have the steering torque fall off at maximum grip and give the driver a signal that the grip limit has been reached." A new concept for me and something I'll be looking for this racing season, while driving my Mustang Cobra in SCCA SM class racing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never look at tires the same way again November 8, 2008
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So although it might not seem appealing to read a book about tires, Paul Hanley has done a SUPERB job at gathering a lot of information, chewing it up and presenting it in a way which is a pleasure to read.
Despite me being an Engineer with some racing knowledge, I learned a great deal about tires and could see this as being great for non-technical people as well thanks to the author's way of presenting the information. Paul presents the reader with interviews, Graphs,diagrams and pictures and takes you from the begins of rubber, through the chemistry of tire compounds up to tuning the chassis to work with the tires.
I highly recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior in every way.
Superbly written and ultimately informative - if you are into such things. If you are not, you will find it disturbing that people could read this stuff. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Fuller
2.0 out of 5 stars History book
It is a history book about the tire, it has to few about racing and performance tire information, very disappointed
Published 18 months ago by Jorge Romero Guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Right direction
As the book says, an area little understood. That it explores this and helps the reader -excellent. A greatly needed book.
Published on June 2, 2012 by Mr. Robert Matthew Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Racing & High-Performance Tire
This book explains well the complexities of the racing and high performance tire. A large part of the book is given to the effect of different types of suspension settings, which I... Read more
Published on February 14, 2009 by P. W. Burnet
5.0 out of 5 stars Tires for tyres
Paul Haney's book about tyres proves interesting before turning a page. The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance uses the American tire instead of... Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by Ben Adams
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I am a michael schumacher fan since 1991 and i have a large collection of books on or based on him,and this one will join that collection,its the bees knees i am hoping one day to... Read more
Published on April 21, 2007 by Mrs. G. J. Gray
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