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How to Make Your Car Handle Paperback – January 1, 1987
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Fred Puhn is the author of How to Make Your Car Handle and The Brake Handbook.
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I was incharge of the vehicle dynamics subteam (designing the suspension, wheel and tires and braking system)for my project. I bought several books to help me with that project about 10 if i remember correctly. and this one and the race and Rally car source book by Allan Staniforth ended up being the two books I used the most.
Thanks to the information from these two books I was able to design the suspension and braking system for my senior design project. My team not only got an A on the project but the car it self went on to win an award for best senior design project of 2008. The car would have done well at competition but had a gearbox issue and couldnt compete.
If you are serious about understanding Handling, this is the book you need!!! I have also read the other Vehicle Dynamics book that everyone swears by and it is well BORING! Get this book and the rally car source book and you'll know everything you need to know.
The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because it really could use a new edition with better editing and an updated layout. The chapters are long and paragraphs run into paragraphs and sometimes that causes you to lose orientation with regard to certain more complex topics.
As a fun side note, in the last chapter Puhn takes a shot at prognosticating about future automotive technologies that will shape the world of racing and the automotive industry itself. Trying to predict the future is usually a hilarious fool's errand, but in 35 years hindsight Puhn did a remarkably accurate job.
Get this book, you won't regret it.
The book takes a almost textbook style approach to teaching you the in's and out's of car suspension. Don't expect this to be a "for dummies" book because while it is easy reading there is a need for understanding mathematical formulas, lots of mechanical aptitude, and a good set of tools if you want to actually implement any thing outlined in this book.
I highly recommend this book to those who autoX, rally, do track days, or just want to be able to go around a corner a little quicker!