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Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE Kindle Edition
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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.
Good writing voice. Well paced. Well done, Mr Brown. Write another book. :)
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.
I am not terribly surplussed because I do buy a lot of automotive books, usually about the golden age of racing.
Being free, it was not a hard decision, but my expectations were pretty low. The good reviews inspired me to give it a shot.
A bit later I started reading it and I was hooked. The writer has a very easy going style and he makes you feel like you are part of the team trying to build this racecar. To me, this is a story that goes well beyond racecar building, driving or even competition. It's a story about people passionate about what they do. It could have been a racecar or a racehorse. It could have been a college band. It doesn't matter. The level of commitment, the sacrifices will resonate with everyone that has ever put hearth and soul into something they were passionate about.
The fact that this is a racecar of course made it more interesting to me and more relevant to my own passion. Incidentally, I am still reading the book, although I am a few pages from the end.
I definitely suggest this book to anyone interested in compelling stories and of course to anyone planning to go into the same field.
I would also suggest this book to anyone married to someone so involved in a project or a hobby. It may give you insights on what drives your spouse to do what he or she does.
The answer is: Because racecar
The book is enjoyable in every way. There is person-versus-person conflict between the various team members and their different philosophies and work ethics. There's person-versus-nature conflict, or perhaps person-versus-machine, as they try to cobble the car together, tweak it, tune it, and get it ready to go under harsh deadlines. There's person-versus-self conflict as Matt figures out what it means to be a leader and bring such a diverse team together in the pursuit of one objective. Matt does an excellent job of balancing all this conflict with major doses of humor, and the end result is a book that is simply a total blast to read. I think I finished it in less than 24 hours because I just couldn't put it down.
It's highly accessible to readers who don't have a particular interest in racing or engineering, which means you have no excuse not to buy it and love it. Do so. Right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in getting into racing. Not technical just a good storyPublished 1 month ago by Brian Boesel
Anyone interested in racing should read this book. Mr. Brown said it best- FSAE is the best of the best racing experience.Published 8 months ago by John Pate
If you work in any FSAE team, you have to read this. Great book with lessons for the project, life and friends. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bruno Lopes Pugliessa
I have been an FSAE Mentor/Faculty Advisor since 2000 for St. Louis University, I have lived and watched the "thrill of victory (someday) and the agony of defeat (often)"... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edward Michael Ising
Currently being a member of a formula team it is interesting reading about the struggles of other teams around the country. Read morePublished 12 months ago by nb1617
I have given 4 stars mainly as I had expected a more technical report of the race car build. However, it turned out to be an interesting read about the commitments, relationships,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Noel King
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