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Race Car Design

By Derek Seward

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 14 October 2014
Based on the principles of engineering science, physics and mathematics, but assuming only an elementary understanding of these, Race Car Design masterfully explains the theory and practice of the subject. Bringing together key topics, including the chassis frame, tyres, suspension, steering and brakes, this is the first text to cover all the essential elements of race car design in one student-friendly textbook. Race Car Design: - Features a wealth of illustrations, including a full-colour plate section - Demonstrates the important role of computer tools - Uses dozens of clear examples and calculations to illustrate both theory and practical applications - Is written by an experienced author, known for his engaging and accessible style This book is an ideal accompaniment for motorsport engineering students and is the best possible resource for those involved in Formula Student/FSAE. It is also a valuable guide for practising car designers and enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

1. Racing Car Basics.- 2. Chassis Structure.- 3. Suspension Links.- 4. Springs, Dampers and Anti-roll.- 5. Tyres and Balance.- 6. Front Wheel Assembly and Steering.- 7. Rear Wheel Assembly and Power Transmission.- 8. Brakes.- 9. Aerodynamics.- 10. Engine Systems.- 11. Set-up and Testing.- Appendix 1 Deriving Pacejka Tyre Coefficients.- Appendix.- 2 Tube Properties.

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"The book is extremely useful and will benefit students across all levels. Examples and calculations are very clear and show all the relevant stages, and the book is written in a very user-friendly way." - Steve Hill, Programme Leader for Motorsport Engineering, University of Derby, UK "This book will be of value to engineering students studying motorsport, undertaking a motorsport design project or participating in Formula Student or Formula SAE. The style of writing is accessible and the book offers a balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline." - Clive Temple, Programme Director of MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering, Cranfield University, UK "This is a first rate book covering all the basics of a race car design, even the tires. I highly recommend it as the first book you read if you are in engineer with no background in auto design. It would serve well as a textbook for an undergraduate engineering course in race car design." - Amazon reviewer - 5 stars "As a retired member of the SAE and a motor sports engineer I loved this book ...at 73 there's always more to learn from others. I wish this text was used by all physics professors." Amazon reviewer - 5 stars

About the Author

Derek Seward is Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Lancaster University, UK, where he was formerly Head of Engineering and the University Director for Regional Outreach. His experience includes a period as a design structural engineer for consultants and a local authority. He has authored over 50 research papers as well as the textbook Understanding Structures which is now in its fifth edition. In recent years, he has been involved in the design and build of a single-seat racing car.

Reviews

"The book is extremely useful and will benefit students across all levels. Examples and calculations are very clear and show all the relevant stages, and the book is written in a very user-friendly way." - Steve Hill, Programme Leader for Motorsport Engineering, University of Derby, UK "This book will be of value to engineering students studying motorsport, undertaking a motorsport design project or participating in Formula Student or Formula SAE. The style of writing is accessible and the book offers a balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline." - Clive Temple, Programme Director of MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering, Cranfield University, UK "This is a first rate book covering all the basics of a race car design, even the tires. I highly recommend it as the first book you read if you are in engineer with no background in auto design. It would serve well as a textbook for an undergraduate engineering course in race car design." - Amazon reviewer - 5 stars "As a retired member of the SAE and a motor sports engineer I loved this book ...at 73 there's always more to learn from others. I wish this text was used by all physics professors." Amazon reviewer - 5 stars

EAN: 9781137030146
ISBN: 1137030143
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 24.38 x 18.8 x 1.78 centimetres (0.44 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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