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Racing Car Design and Development

Racing Car Design and Development

by Len Terry
with Alan Baker

Hardcover, 5 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in.
258 pages
37 photos and illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-0080-2
Price: $39.95

Dialogue between one of the world's most experienced racing car designers and a technical author-graduate engineer on the theory and technique of racing car design and development.

Contents include:
  • The anatomy of a racing car designer
  • Len Terry - A Biographical Sketch
  • Description of nearly 30 Terry designs from clubman's sports car to Indianapolis winner
  • A blank sheet of paper - Len Terry explains his procedure for advancing a new design from the sketch pad to the race track
  • Handling characteristics - The theoretical aspects; oversteer and understeer; practical implications
  • Structural considerations - Space-frames and monocoques; the cockpit area; the structural engine; progress and legislation
  • Suspension - Changing needs and layouts; the torsion bar; self-levelling systems; anti-dive and anti-squat; progressive-rate springing; stiffness/weight ratio
  • Brakes, wheels and tires - Influence of smaller wheels; twin-disc brake systems; attention to details; low-profile tire phenomena
  • Aerodynamics - Basic considerations; wings and things; intake ram effect; 'ground effect' vehicles
  • The cooling system - Radiator location; cooling the oil
  • Safety and comfort; primary and secondary safety; driver comfort
  • Materials
  • Components - Ball joints, batteries, brakes, clutches, dampers, driveshafts, electrics, flexible bearings, flexible fuel cells, gearshift linkages, instruments, non-return valves, nonspill fuel fillers, oil and fuel pipes, Perspex mouldings, radiators, springs and steering gear; design versus development
  • The competition - nine other racing car designers discussed
  • Future developments
Racing Car Design and Development
Racing Car Design and Development
Wholesale Case Quantity: 1
BSIN: X080
ISBN: 0-8376-0080-4 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0080-2 (ISBN-13)
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