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Inside IMSA's Legendary GTP Race Cars: The Prototype Experience Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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Professional automobile racing has always been dominated by sanctioning bodies whose main goal was to ensure fair competition. Today’s major race series--NASCAR, F1, and Champ Car--achieve this by restricting the car’s designers and engineers. NASCAR mandates all their cars’ body shapes conform to a specific template and requires that engines be of a particular size. F1 teams can choose from a limited number of chassis/engine combinations. And Champ Car teams don’t get to choose anything except how to tune the single chassis/engine combination available to them.
While parity might make for “fair” competition, it often creates uninspired racing. So what happens when the rules are slackened? When creativity and novel design is encouraged? Those were the questions posed by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) for its Grand Touring Prototypes (GTP) race series, which ran from 1981 to 1993.
The result was a stunning variety of racing machines, each with its own highly sophisticated technology. Every car was a unique solution to a common problem: getting around the racetrack fastest. In the end, each car was an automotive testimony to its engineer’s philosophy.
Every decision had consequences. A V-12 allowed better ground-effect tunnels, but had a higher center of gravity (CG). A flat six had a low CG, but severely restricted ground-effect tunnels. Each designer used a different combination of wings, air dams, and other aerodynamic tools
to keep his car glued to the track. It was an engineering free-for-all, the culmination of almost a century of automobile racing experience. And, sadly, it was a spectacle unlikely to be duplicated.
Inside IMSA’s Legendary GTP Race Cars tells the full story of these mechanical marvels. Using photography, diagrams, drawings, and first-person accounts from the men who built and raced these highly advanced cars, the authors offer a detailed look at the technology of fourteen of the most competitive cars that contested the series. It’s the story of no-holds-barred racing, the kind true racing enthusiasts can only dream of today.
From the Back Cover
From 1981 until 1993, the world’s fastest racing cars competed at North America’s most iconic tracks. Names like Lola, Jaguar, Porsche, and BMW intermingled with those of Daytona, Riverside, Laguna Seca, and Lime Rock to create all-out, no-holds-barred competition – not just between the cars on the tracks, but between the engineers in their shops.
This is the story of the coolest race series of all time, in which notions of parity were tossed aside and designers were challenged to come up with whatever combination of engine, chassis, and body they thought would get around a racetrack fastest. V-12 versus inline-4 versus boxer-6; naturally aspriated versus turbocharged; twin-tier wings, air dams, ground tunnels -- Inside IMSA’s Legendary GTP Race Cars: The Prototype Experience tells the story of 14 amazing machines that came out of this flat-out competition. Using photography, diagrams, drawings and first-person accounts from the men who built and raced the cars, it’s a detailed look at the technology that created the world’s most exciting race cars, the likes of which might never be seen again.
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The level of detail is simply remarkable and this is a must read for any fan of the era.
The only thing missing is a chapter on all those colorful drivers and great locations, the Miami grand prix was amazing as was the short New Orleans one. but then again, seeing pics of those might have made cry. Great book, a must have it, if you love sports car racing
My only complaint is that there is no history of the cars in competition, no won-loss record, no roster of teams and drivers who campaigned each car.
Other than that it's great value for the money
This is truly legendary to all who contributed through the years to this field of expertise