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Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Engineering and Performance) 2nd ed. Edition
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There is an ongoing -- and intriguing, but not thorough -- discussion of the exotics of the racing world and he looks at open-wheeled cars quite often, but there a noticeable lack of discussion of open-wheel v. mud-flap bodywork. But the discussion of the challanges of racing at high-speeds in relatively stock-bodied autos is superficial at best. As an example, with all the aero-difficulties that NASCAR stockers have had staying on the ground for the past 15-years, there is limited discussion and the reader is left with one picture of an old Pontiac sedan drafting -- you will have to really read between the lines to figure out what a spoiler does, let alone how this most basic device works.Read more ›
The only place where I did find the book lacking was in addressing vortex flow. Passenger automobiles are using turbulent air flow more often these days, primarily to reduce drag, yet none of the tricks you see commonly on Porsches or Corvettes, or even on every day sedans were addressed. Hopefully the author is saving this for his next book.
Overall I would definitely recommend that anyone interested in exotic cars, either as a spectator or operator, add this book to their collection.
VERY basic on fluid mechanics/dynamics and scrapes the surface on racecar aerodynamics, but almost everybody in our wind tunnel (Langley Full Scale Tunnel) has a copy!
Still, there are good things here. The brief discussion of wind tunnels is quite interesting and in a sense explains the demand side of the CFD development since clearly the capital intensity of really accurate autosports wind tunnels is high. The basic explanations of fluid dynamic behavior are clear enough. The references at the end of the chapters are quite helpful and would enable anyone seeking more in depth understanding to find a path, though again, they are all 15 years old.
This is not a bad book, but more a starting point than an ending point.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mucho More Technical than announced. Is very good but too much for an amateurPublished 1 month ago by Clopatofsky Jose
A good book with plenty of references to other books to find specific information you might be after.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent knowledge for up and coming aerodynamic engineers; mostly those unfamiliar with much fluid dynamics. Fun read, very informative. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Rougeou
i like this book so much, the quality of papers are good, and i received the book completely alright and clearPublished 15 months ago by Mohammad Hasani
Very valuable information! Recommend for everyone who is planning to build or building race car.Published 17 months ago by Reinis