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Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE by [Brown, Matt]
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Length: 226 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

MATT BROWN is an evangelist, author, and founder of Think Eternity. He and his wife, Michelle, are impacting thousands of people with the gospel each year through live events and online. They also minister to a quarter million followers on social media daily at www.thinke.org.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1715 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Car Publishing; First edition (October 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00637KNZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,744 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is an interesting look into a little-known form of motorsport: race cars built as school projects by college students. It's also a glimpse into just what kind of obsession racing can become, as Matt Brown details how building and driving the car slowly begins to consume all of his (and his teammates') time and money. Everything falls by the wayside as these students spend up to eighteen hours in the shop in the pursuit of speed.

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.
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I'm not sure why I picked this book up. I pick a lot of books up. Anyway, I have no interest in race cars or engineering. BUT, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not "great literature", but it is a great story, well told. And I learned a lot.

Good writing voice. Well paced. Well done, Mr Brown. Write another book. :)
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I bought this e-book because my son will be attending a UK university with a Formula Student program.
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.
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I have to admit I didn't set out to buy this book. I think I was looking in historical fiction and somehow from click to click I landed here.
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
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By J. Hollis on August 11, 2013
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As a guy who is planning on going into FSAE motorsports, this book was invaluable as it was entertaining. The book was very well-written and had a lot of (very) honest info. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be on a race team, read this now-you don't have an excuse not to.
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I was going through the free books for Kindle one day and this was available so I downloaded a copy. I am interested in all styles of auto racing and I found this book interesting to read. Some of the more technical stuff was a little lost on me and I am not to proud to say that I did Google a few things to either find a video to better illustrate a point or to find a definition. It was nice to learn something new.
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What do you think would happen if you put a handful of college students in charge of designing, manufacturing, testing, and competing in their very own race car? Matt Brown, the head of the team, narrates a year in the life of just such a program at the University of Oklahoma.

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.
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