BEST Car Chassis, Suspension, Aerodynamics Design Books!

Car Designing, Building and Customizing Books

There are hundreds of DIY (Do-It-Yourself)-oriented books available today covering everything from vehicle design theory to hands-on construction. They cover almost every kind of vehicle type too–From race cars and sports cars to go-karts and off-road trucks.

To help narrow this list to the best books available, we’ve researched and compiled a recommended set of books that we believe have the best value and will help you to design and build almost any type of car or truck for racing, road or off-road use.

Use the Book Finder below to filter and explore our collection of the top rated books available. If you would like to save time researching the still significant collection of books below, we have also created a QuickStart Learning guide that contains a set of books relevant to building or customizing each race and road car type.

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Book Finder
Shown below is our collection of recommended books on car design, car plans, construction, preparation and operation.

The collection is divided by headings that group the books into categories. The books can be filtered by these book categories, and can be further filtered by the Vehicle type as well. Because each book can cover multiple topics, we’ve also included a filter for topics and skill levels which can narrow the list even further. Follow the instructions below to filter the list of books, or use the search box to filter by keyword(s).

Book Category 
Topic (Level)
Vehicle Type
Resource Type
Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering
5 Stars (5 / 5)

The most comprehensive and in-depth guide to aerodynamic principles and their application to road vehicles. Passenger car, commercial vehicle, sports car, race car, and motorcycle aerodynamics are all examined in detail. Includes theory and practical applications in fuel economy, directional stability, cooling, and passenger comfort. Also discusses design, measurement, testing and computational fluid dynamics.

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Supercar
Book Resource
Aerodynamics
Amateur Car Aerodynamics Sourcebook: For everyone interested in road car aerodynamics
Amateur Car Aerodynamics Sourcebook: For everyone interested in road car aerodynamics
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A DIY guide to aerodynamics changes to road cars. It includes basic theory on aerodynamic lift and drag, testing techniques, flow visualization and a number of projects to modify aerodynamics by using aerodynamics devices.

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Rally
Touring Car
Book Resource
Aerodynamics
Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Handbook
Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Handbook
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Using photographs, graphs, CFD images and wind tunnel data, this book demonstrates how aerodynamics affect and benefit race car designs. It includes theory and case studies of multiple race car types including formula cars, sports racers, GT, touring, club racers and karts.

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Aerodynamics
Competition Car Downforce: A Practical Guide
Competition Car Downforce: A Practical Guide
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A comprehensive guide for understanding, designing and building aerodynamic devices for race cars. It includes aerodynamic theory, how devices work, design, and construction techniques. Also published in a newer version ("Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Guide").

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
All Types
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Aerodynamics
Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed
Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed
5 Stars (5 / 5)

An in-depth and comprehensive guide to race car aerodynamic theory and practice. It covers everything a designer needs to know--from basic theory and aero devices (i.e. wings, venturis, diffusers, spoilers and more) to their applications on different types of race cars. Written with the non-engineer in mind, it also provides many examples and diagrams that show how to optimize the air flow around and through a race vehicle. Read full review

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Bodywork
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides instruction on repairing damaged and rusty bodywork. Covers tools, preparing/cleaning sheet metals, fabricating sections and patches, welding options, fitting and smoothing, metalworking and finishing.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Touring Car
Book Resource
Bodywork
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Practical instruction on equipment, preparation and painting techniques on a budget. Covers decision making around painting, bodywork repairs before painting, equipment and paints, preparation, sanding, masking, and painting techniques.

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Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
All Types
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Chassis
Advanced Race Car Chassis Technology: Winning Chassis Design and Setup for Circle Track and Road Race Cars
Advanced Race Car Chassis Technology: Winning Chassis Design and Setup for Circle Track and Road Race Cars
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Primarily aimed at circle track racing cars, this book provides broad coverage of stock or circle track car handling principles. It includes weight dynamics, suspension, aerodynamics, gearing and safety information as well as dirt and asphalt setup information.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Book Resource
Chassis
Chassis Design: Principles and Analysis (R-206)
Chassis Design: Principles and Analysis (R-206)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A technical engineering book which takes chassis, handling, vehicle dynamics and suspension characteristics to great levels of depth. For practicing and aspiring automotive engineers and race car design enthusiasts. Illustrated with over 400 figure and tables.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
All Types
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Book Resource
Chassis
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Chassis Engineering is a great introduction to race car design. In a practical and down-to-earth way, it covers the fundamentals of how race cars handle and the requirements for designing and constructing a car. The book includes chapters on chassis design, suspension design, frame construction, aerodynamics and tuning. Overall it provides the reader with the foundation of how the key components of a race car work and interact together. Read full review

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
All Types
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Chassis
Dirt Track Chassis and Suspension: Advanced Setup and Design Technology for Dirt Track Racing
Dirt Track Chassis and Suspension: Advanced Setup and Design Technology for Dirt Track Racing
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Technical guide to the design and setup of dirt track race cars. Includes chapters on dirt chassis theory and design, chassis tuning, setup tips and driving tips.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Book Resource
Chassis
Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide
Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Focused on the chassis and body of the hot rod this book. Includes guidance on restoring or building a chassis, suspension, body construction using existing, fabricated or aftermarket bodywork, body finishing and tools.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Chassis
How To Build A Go Kart Frame!
How To Build A Go Kart Frame!
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

A plan-based build of a kart chassis that includes a bill of materials and step by step instructions.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Kart
Book Resource
Chassis
Racing Chassis and Suspension Design: PT-90
Racing Chassis and Suspension Design: PT-90
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

A compilation of 27 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) papers selected by racing engineer legend Carroll Smith which focus on chassis and suspension design for pure race cars. These papers provide deep insights and practical and usable information for chassis and race car designers.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
All Types
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Book Resource
Chassis
The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis
The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Covers the history, different types, structures and materials of race car chassis. It also delves into the various types of suspensions. This book is not a detailed design book, but does provide good information and plenty of different race car examples for those seeking to understand chassis design.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
All Types
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Book Resource
Driving
4-Wheel Freedom: The Art Of Off-Road Driving
4-Wheel Freedom: The Art Of Off-Road Driving
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Teaches basics of 4 wheel drive vehicles and off-road driving techniques. Chapters on basics of 4 wheel drive, selecting a 4x4, customizing and upgrading, and off-roading techniques. Off-road techniques include crawling, hills, recovery/winching, snow, ice, mud, and crossing streams.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Dune Buggy
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Book Resource
Driving
Bob Bondurant on Race Kart Driving
Bob Bondurant on Race Kart Driving
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Teaches how to maximize driving performance and personal preparation. Includes dry/wet driving techniques, understanding race courses, turn types, mental preparedness, physical preaparedness, visualization, passing and other information.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Kart
Book Resource
Driving
Drive To Win: The Essential Guide To Race Driving
Drive to Win: The Essential Guide to Race Driving
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Carroll Smith's in-depth guide to driving a race car. This book covers driver preparation, driving techniques, training aids and important vehicle setup aspects. It also has extensive information about driving in on different circuit types, and in race sessions (Testing, practice).

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
All Types
Book Resource
Driving
Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving
Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches race car driving techniques, vehicle setup and racecraft. The chapters cover understanding the race track, driving lines, driving techniques, race craft (passing, accidents, etc)--all in great detail. It also includes vehicle setup and an introduction to the racing world you can expect to enter.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
All Types
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Book Resource
Driving
How to Drag Race
How to Drag Race
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Covers the drag racing experience, equipment setup, driving techniques and classes. This book also includes information about safety equipment, tires, line-locks, delay boxes and racing math.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Driving
Kart Driving Techniques
Kart Driving Techniques
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Teaches kart driving techniques. Covers cornering dynamics, lines, approaches to braking, prioritizing the corners of the circuit as well as race craft and mental preparedness/approach. Special chapters on Shifter karts and oval racing techniques are also included.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Kart
Book Resource
Driving
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides a compact, concise guide to race driving essentials. It includes chapters on optimizing the car, reading and using the track, driving techniques as well as safety, data and communications tips.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Driving
The Road Rally Handbook: The Complete Guide to Competing in Time-Speed-Distance Road Rallies
The Road Rally Handbook: The Complete Guide to Competing in Time-Speed-Distance Road Rallies
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Presents information on how to participate in time-speed-distance road rallies (TSD or regularity rallying--not to be confused with special stage rallying that is typified by the World Rally Championship). This book covers getting started as well as improving scores and advancing in rally classes.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Rally
Book Resource
Driving
Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving
Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Successor to the Speed Secrets books. Provides further insights into making the complete racing driver. In addition to driving skills, the book covers understanding tracks, conditions and car adjustments. It also includes mental preparedness and team and sponsor dynamics.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
All Types
Book Resource
Driving
Winning Autocross Techniques
Winning Autocross Techniques
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Specifically written for Autocross, this volume in the Speed Secrets series focuses on the lower average speed/higher number of turns format of Autocross and the special driving techniques that reduce course lap times.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Book Resource
Electrical
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Covers electrical theory, automotive electrical systems, troubleshooting, construction of new and modification of existing vehicle electrics. Instructions on tools, adding new circuits, installing electronics and vehicle wiring. Several project are documented including adding a stereo, electric windows and electronic accessories.

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Electrical ( Basic)
Electrical ( Advanced)
All Types
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Equipment
Racer's Guide to Fabricating Shop Equipment
Racer's Guide to Fabricating Shop Equipment
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Intended to help build the reader build equipment for their machine shop, this book contains project plans that can be useful in practicing metal fabrication techniques such as cutting and welding. Projects include motorized flame cutter, rotating chassis fabrication stands, engine stand, hydraulic press, engine hoist, and sheet metal brake.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
All Types
Book Resource
Fasteners/Joining
Carroll Smith's Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook
Carroll Smith's Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches how to use the correct fasteners and fastener materials. This book includes extensive information on fatigue properties, joints, mounts, and vehicle plumbing.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
All Types
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Supercar
Touring Car
CycleKart
Book Resource
Fasteners/Joining
High Performance Fasteners & Plumbing
High Perf. Fasteners & Plumbing: A Guide to Nuts, Bolts, Fuel, Brake, Oil & Coolant Lines, Hoses, Clamps, Racing Hardware and Plumbing Techniques
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A guide to fasteners and plumbing for automotive and race car use. The book provides sections on threaded fasteners, chemical thread lockers, torquing fasteners, thread repair, tap/die thread creation, engine studs, wheel fasteners, rod ends, rivets and clecos, clamps, pipe threads, fluid plumbing and AN hose and hardware. Includes routing techniques, heat shielding, brake/fuel/coolant lines as well as hose and fastener sizing information.

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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
All Types
Book Resource
Fasteners/Joining
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
4 Stars (4 / 5)

High performance hardware provides both theory and extensive practical information on hardware and fasteners. It covers material properties that relate to fasteners as well as pretty much every type of fastener used on a race vehicle.

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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
All Types
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Dune Buggy
Kart
Quad/ATV
Rider Mower
Street Rod
Book Resource
General
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR (Marques & Models)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

The history and evolution of the Caterham versions of the Lotus 7 since 1973.

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General/History/Bio
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
General
Race Cars: Science, Technology, Engineering (Calling All Innovators: a Career for You)
Race Cars: Science, Technology, Engineering (Calling All Innovators: a Career for You)
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Explores race car engineering careers and innovation. Includes information about a race car engineering career and how math and science knowledge can help. It also includes an interview from a race car engineer on how they got started. Recommended for kids Grade 5 to 8.

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General/History/Bio
All Types
Book Resource
General
Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE
Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

An account of the experiences of students involved in the Formula SAE university race car design and construction contest.

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General/History/Bio
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Book Resource
General
The A-Z of Grand Prix Cars
The A-Z of Grand Prix Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

For builders of pre-WWII styled Cyclekarts and vintage Grand Prix race cars, this book includes every car made from 1906 to 2000, including one-off manufacturers. Also includes information on how technical regulations have evolved and alphabetic listing of every manufacturer.

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General/History/Bio
CycleKart
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Book Resource
General
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiasts' guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiast's guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
5 Stars (5 / 5)

This historical guide shows the popular Lotus 7 original and variants produced since 1957, including Caterhams.

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General/History/Bio
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Interior
Automotive Upholstery Handbook
Automotive Upholstery Handbook
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Beginners guide to automotive upholstery. Includes sewing, tips and techniques, material recommendations and instructions on how to make and install various upholstered automotive components. Chapters include: making a bench seat cover, seat building, making and installing a vinyl top (and other tops), installing a convertible top, headliners/door panels/carpets, building a boat seat, recovering a motorcycle seat and making a truck tonneau cover. Also provides information on van interiors and a show of street rod interiors.

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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
All Types
Book Resource
Interior
Custom Auto Interiors
Custom Auto Interiors
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Step by step guide on creating custom auto interiors. Includes over 800 color photographs and instructions to guide builders through the process and techniques.

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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
All Types
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Interior
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A step-by-step guide to both restoring and customizing interiors. Teaches what tools and materials to use, planning projects, techniques for restoration and customizing and maintenance/care. Includes seat repairs and re-covering, floor coverings, custom door panels, headliners, and consoles.

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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Advanced Automotive Welding
Advanced Automotive Welding
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Advanced Automotive welding teaches basic and advanced welding skills specifically geared toward race car construction. Joint types, metal types, and welding processes such as TIG, MIG, oxy-acetylene and stick welding are covered. Includes projects such as roll cage, seat supports, floor pan and others.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide
Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A comprehensive resource for those building race car chassis or components with fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP). Types of composite materials, moulding techniques, structural techniques, layup, and applications are all discussed in this book.

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Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #1
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #1
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Book 1 of the Composite materials series. Explains the basics of composites, their applications, workspace setup, tools and practical techniques. Includes projects to help the builder learn techniques of mold making, laminating, demolding and finishing. Includes many high quality color photographs to guide the reader.

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Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #2
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #2
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Book 2 of the Composite materials series which gets builders started by explaining the practical techniques. Includes projects to help the builder learn techniques of mold making, laminating, demolding and finishing. Includes many high quality color photographs to guide the reader.

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Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #3
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #3 (Composite Garage Series)
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Book 3 of the Composite materials series. Expands on mold making, advanced mold systems, one-off fabrication methods and computer design. Includes hands-on projects such as a body panel, camper shell and hollow body guitar to help the reader learn and practice techniques. Also includes composite repairs.

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Engineer To Win: The essential guide to racing car materials technology
Engineer To Win: The essential guide to racing car materials technology
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A comprehensive, easy-to-read guide on metallurgy (metal properties), fastening and plumbing. The book applies this information to many aspects of race cars with the goal of building cars that do not break or leak.

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Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials
Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials: A Guide to High Performance Non-Metallic Materials for Race Cars, Street Rods, Body Shops, Boats, and Aircraft.
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Forbes Aird's guide to composites. Includes sections on (FRP) fiber reinforced plastic basics (Fibers/Resins), basic layup techniques, advanced layup techniques as well as molds, plugs, tools and equipment. Also includes a chapter on FRP sandwich construction.

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Hardening, Tempering and Heat Treatment
Hardening, Tempering and Heat Treatment
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches how to perform different types of heat treatments. Includes solid fuel, gas and electric furnaces, case hardening, tempering and colour temperature charts.

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How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts
How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts
3 Stars (3 / 5)

A guide to composite fibers and materials, mold construction, layup techniques, repairs and sample projects. The book includes practical guides to tools, forms/buck/mold making, crack repairs, and building composite components for interior and exterior automotive use.

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How To Weld
How To Weld
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A complete guide for beginner welders on the history, safety, equipment and techniques for welding. The book covers metal fabrication tools, types and properties of metals, welding joint designs, gas welding, brazing, arc welding (MIG, TIG, stick) and cutting. It also includes sample exercises to help the reader practice what they have learned.

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Metal Fabricator's Handbook
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches welding techniques, metal forming, hammerforming and practical metal fabrication projects. Project include forming custom body panels, tanks, roll cages/safety cells and exhaust headers.

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Practical Fabrication and Assembly Techniques: Automotive, Motorcycle, Racing
Practical Fabrication and Assembly Techniques: Automotive, Motorcycle, Racing
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Learn how to fabricating and assemble race car components. The author explains mounts, fasteners, plumbing and hardware and provides a series of example projects to show practical applications.

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Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches the details of professional sheet metal fabrication including shaping, cutting, and joining . The books also includes how to plan sheet metal projects, acquire tools, repair dents, patch panels, copy shapes and finish the final products.

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Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides introductory and more advanced information about metals, metal fatigue, composite fibers and the uses of a wide variety of materials in race cars.

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Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods
Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods & More
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Information, tips and techniques on how to fabricate complex sheet metal panels in the home workshop. Includes many photographs which demonstrate the techniques of metal shaping and fabrication.

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Sheet Metal Handbook: How to Form and Shape Sheet Metal for Competition, Custom and Restoration Use
Sheet Metal Handbook: How to Form and Shape Sheet Metal for Competition, Custom and Restoration Use
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

This book covers the forming and shaping of sheet metal into complex parts. Ron Fournier, an expert in metal fabrication explains how to setup your shop, what tools are needed, how to use metal forming tools, how to perform basic metal shaping techniques, hammerforming, and tips on restoring original sheet metal.

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Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches the essentials of fabricating with metals including metal properties, welding equipment, jigs, welding safety, brazing, cutting, and forming. The book goes into details on types of welding as well as consumables, fluxes and sample projects to practice with.

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Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis
Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A comprehensive book on the planning, design and construction of hot rods. Covers engine selection, inspection and assembly as well as transmission, final drive, front and rear suspension, steering, brakes, shocks, springs, engine and transmission installation and wheels/tires.

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David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide to designing the engine as a system and constructing it to produce maximum horsepower. The design aspects use the airflow through each part of the engine as a basis for instruction. Provides detailed information on how to select, modify and tune each component to work at peak efficiency with others in the engine.

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Designing and Tuning High-Performance Fuel Injection Systems
Designing and Tuning High-Performance Fuel Injection Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Explains how to apply mathematics and techniques to design and tune a fuel injection system. Includes aspects such as VE (Volumetric efficiency) equation, airflow estimation, setups and calibration, timing maps and a tuning example.

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Engine Airflow
Engine Airflow: A Practical Guide to Airflow Theory, Parts Testing, Flow Bench Testing and Analyzing Data to Increase Performance for Any Street or Racing Engine
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Explains how to maximize performance of engines through optimizing the airflow the components. Includes a discussion on how engine airflow works, how flowbenches work, how to tune components based on testing and analysis, intake and exhaust tuning and math formulas for engines.

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Engine Blueprinting: Practical Methods for Racing and Rebuilding
Engine Blueprinting: Practical Methods for Racing and Rebuilding
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A guide to blueprinting almost any engine. Explains how to check and modify block, cylinder heads, pistons, crankshaft, con rods and degree a camshaft. Includes instruction on tools, balancing, measurement, and math for determining component requirements.

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Engine Builder's Handbook
Engine Builder's Handbook
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Explains how to troubleshoot and rebuild all types of engines. Provides tips, techniques and detailed information on engine inspection, teardown, the short block, cylinder heads, assembly and camshaft theory.

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High-Performance Differentials, Axles, and Drivelines
High-Performance Differentials, Axles, and Drivelines
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

This book explains how to select and match driveline components to engine power output to minimize or eliminate driveline breakages. Also covers gear ratio selection, differential rebuilding and driveline components.

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How to Rebuild & Modify High-Performance Manual Transmissions
How to Rebuild & Modify High-Performance Manual Transmissions
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches how to perform step-by-step modifcations and upgrading to any manual transmission. Shows how to tear down, identify worn parts, select the best components and assemble a high performance transmission. Includes picture-documented building of GM Muncie 4 speed, Borg Warner Super & early T10 4 speed, Ford Toploader 4 speed, Tremec/Borg Warner T5 and Chrysler A833.

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How to Rebuild and Modify Your Manual Transmission
How to Rebuild and Modify Your Manual Transmission
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides a practical understanding of the internal workings of a manual transmissions and how to rebuild and modify them. Includes information on both front and rear-wheel drive transmissions and guides the reader on the selection, measurement, specifications and replacement of components.

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KT100
KT100
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Focus specifically on the KT100 kart engine from Yamaha, this book teaches in detail the machining, tuning, blueprinting and racing of this engine. The author also delves into various types of kart racing that use the engine such as dirt, oval and sprint, at-the-track tuning, and maintenance.

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Maximum Boost: Designing, Testing and Installing Turbocharger Systems
Maximum Boost: Designing, Testing and Installing Turbocharger Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A practical guide to turbocharging systems design, installation and testing. It also includes turbocharger selection, engine integration, and engine preparation for the turbocharger. The book looks at both fuel injected and carbureted engines.

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Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques: A Practical Guide to Precision Engine Building
Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques: A Practical Guide to Precision Engine Building
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Explains the engine blueprinting process through illustrations and detailed procedures. Includes professional techniques on how to balance, make true and match components as an optimized group. Components include block, crank, connecting rods, pistons, rings, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshafts.

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Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging & Nitrous Oxide
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging, & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and its use on Modern Motorcycle Engines
4 Stars (4 / 5)

For builders of small motorcycle engine-powered race cars who want that extra kick. Teaches how to turbocharge, supercharge and use Nitrous oxide on motorcycle engines. This book goes into ram air, turbos, superchargers and nitrous systems plus the fuel systems that work along side them. The book also looks at which engines are best for forced-air induction.

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Performance Automotive Engine Math
Performance Automotive Engine Math
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Use the concept of designing the complete engine as a system, this book illustrates how formulas can be used to define sizes, clearances, and capabilities for components. This enables components to compliment and maximize each others performance, resulting in a superior high performance engine and saving money for the builder by selecting the right components.

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Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install
Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Explains how to design and construct exhaust systems matched to the engine to optimize power. The book includes theory and practical design of the entire exhaust system (headers, resonators, catalytic converters, mufflers) and teaches how to fabricate or select and purchase the individual components to match the design. The book also shows metal working techniques for fabricating full-custom systems.

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Performance Fuel Injection Systems
Performance Fuel Injection Systems HP1557
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide on modifying and tuning EFI systems. The book covers the foundations of EFI systems (wiring, sensors, ignition, etc.) and their function as well as the various options for developing your own solution--retuning Factory ECUs, piggyback computers and complete engine management systems. Case studies are provided to demonstrate practical approaches.

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Racing Engine Builder's Handbook: How to Build Winning Drag, Circle Track, Marine and Road Racing Engines
Racing Engine Builder's Handbook: How to Build Winning Drag, Circle Track, Marine and Road Racing Engines
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Practical tips and techniques on building a racing engine. This book covers applications such as drag racing, circle track, road racing and boats. The author's approach looks at math used in modifications, combined with examples and guidance on when and how to apply complimentary modifcations.

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Stock Car Racing Engine Technology: Advanced Engine Theory and Design for All Levels of Circle Track Racing
Stock Car Racing Engine Technology: Advanced Engine Theory and Design for All Levels of Circle Track Racing
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Circle Track magazine's guide to the theory and design of stock car engines. Includes information on block prep, engine oiling, valvetrain, Blueprinting tips, cooling for power, component selection, cylinder head design, induction and exhaust systems.

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Street Turbocharging
Street Turbocharging: Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Tuning of High-Performance Street Turbocharger Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides turbocharging theory, practical information and project vehicles. Includes components, constructing systems, engine building, fuel injection, and testing and aftermark options.

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Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems
Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Includes explanations of how turbochargers are constructed and function, matching them to gas and diesel engines, manufacturers, installation, maintenance. It also includes detailed information on building the engine to handle turbocharging, rebuilding the turbocharger and turbocharger troubleshooting/failure analysis.

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4x4 Suspension Handbook
4x4 Suspension Handbook
3 Stars (3 / 5)

This book provides readers and 4x4 designers with an understanding of the various types of 4x4 suspension systems in use. This study of the various types available from major manufacturers includes early and modern systems from Jeep, Toyota, GM, Dodge and Ford.

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Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Handbook
Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Explains race car suspensions theory and design. The author explains the history of suspension design and types, handling theory, suspension design techniques, and the math/calculations used in design. The book also includes a unique string-based model approach to hands-on visualization of suspension movement. Read full review

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Four-Wheeler Chassis and Suspension Handbook
Four-Wheeler Chassis and Suspension Handbook
3 Stars (3 / 5)

A compendium of articles presented in Four-Wheeler Magazine about 4x4 chassis and suspension how-tos and aftermarket suspension systems installations. The focus of the material is increased ground clearance and articulation.

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How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Explains how to Improve the suspension, springs and shocks of sports and kit cars. This book includes information on suspension geometry, chassis integrity, ride height, camber, castor, spring, and dampers as well as testing and adjustment advice.

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How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
5 Stars (5 / 5)

For fans of muscle cars, this book explains the handling and vehicle dynamics of muscle cars and how to improve them through modifications that work as an integrated whole. Included is front and rear suspension geometries, springs, shocks as well as aftermarket solutions to improve handling/cornering. Some later model american RWD vehicles (80s/90s) are also included.

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Suspension Geometry and Computation
Suspension Geometry and Computation
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches detailed theory, analysis and examples for designing suspension geometries. This is an advanced and very detailed design book that provides an engineering-level understanding of suspension design which is recommended for automotive engineering students.

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The Shock Absorber Handbook
The Shock Absorber Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A guide to the theory and design of shock absorbers (dampers). This book covers in depth and detail all aspects of shock absorbers including their operation/function, construction, materials, new technologies and design selection.

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Analysis Techniques for Racecar Data Acquisition
Analysis Techniques for Racecar Data Aquisition
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides a comprehensive understanding of data acquisition and sensors as well as techniques for analyzing and correctly interpreting the data captured with data acquisition systems. Topics include data analysis software, and the analysis of data including: basic circuit layout, acceleration, braking, gearing, cornering, tire performance, wheel loading, shock absorbers, suspension frequency analysis, aerodynamics, and driver inputs. The book also includes sections on simulation tools and race strategy.

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Car Suspension at Work :  Theory  & Practice of Steering, Handling  & Roadholding
Car Suspension at Work : Theory & Practice of Steering, Handling & Roadholding
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Written as an overview with many examples, photographs and diagrams, this book provides an introduction and insights into many types of road vehicle suspensions and powertrain configurations. The cut-away diagrams are great for those who want to see inside many production vehicle suspensions.

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Carroll Smith's Engineer in Your Pocket
Carroll Smith's Engineer in Your Pocket
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

At-the-track reference guide for handling troubleshooting. Spiral bound and meant to be carried in the pocket, it covers issues from two perspectives: cause with possible effects, and problems with possible causes.

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DIY Testing of Car Modifications
DIY Testing of Car Modifications
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Provides low cost techniques to help measure and compare performance changes of a vehicle. Includes flow testing the intake and exhaust, aerodynamics and acceleration.

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Fast Car Physics
Fast Car Physics
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A great introduction to the world of vehicle dynamics, in language and explanations that are easy to understand. Learn basic vehicle physics, handling/dynamics, suspension types and geometry, and the latest approaches to green technologies for racing--energy recovery and storage.

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Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics (R114)
Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics (R114)
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

For production road vehicles instead of pure race cars, this book provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of vehicle dynamics. Understanding motion and vehicle effects is fundamental to developing good race cars and road vehicles and this book is considered one of the best introductory textbooks that balances usable theory and principles with additional mathematics.

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High-Performance Handling for Street or Track
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track: Vehicle dynamics, suspension mods & setup
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides advice on planning modifications, installing components and tuning the handling characteristics of street vehicles. Includes an overview of vehicle dynamics and advice on selecting aftermarket components such as brakes, wheels, camber adjusters, anti-roll bars, springs, shocks and bushings. Also includes tire and wheel selection.

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How to Make Your Car Handle
How to Make Your Car Handle
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches how to improve vehicle handling through suspension and chassis modifications and understanding vehicle dynamics. Includes basic suspension theory on roll centers, roll axis, camber change, bump steer, anti-dive, ride rate, ride balance as well practical chassis modifications.

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Physics for Gearheads: An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports
Physics for Gearheads: An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches the use of physics to understand and improve race car handling, dynamics and ultimately performance. Sections of the book cover kinematics, forces, dynamics, torque/force resolution and 2D vectors, energy, power and statics. Both SI/British engineering units are covered. Examples from racing are using to explain the physics principles.

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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics (R146)
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics (R146)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A comprehensive book on the vehicle dynamics of race cars (and applicable to road cars). Includes the most in-depth theoretical knowledge about vehicle handling, suspension and dynamics available in a single book. Along with clear explanations of principles there is a large mathematical component for engineering design. Can be used as a university textbook for vehicle engineering/Formula SAE/Student.

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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Companion student workbook of problems, answers and experiments for readers of the Race Car Vehicle Dynamics book.

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The Karting Manual: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Competitive Kart Racing
The Karting Manual: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Competitive Kart Racing
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides an introduction to new kart racers. The Karting Manual includes driving techniques and general kart racing preparation.

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The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance
The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance (R-351)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides comprehensive information on how tires work, their construction, manufacture and testing. The book also covers vehicle dynamics and the tire's contribution to them.

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Tune to Win: The art and science of race car development and tuning
Tune to Win: The art and science of race car development and tuning
5 Stars (5 / 5)

The fundamentals of race car vehicle dynamics in a clear, well-written text. Explains suspension, weight dynamics and vehicle handling behaviours in a way that permits the designer to understand cause and effect and improve their race car design, vehicle tuning and even driving.

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101 Jeep Performance Projects
101 Jeep Performance Projects
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

A book describing project ideas for modifying and upgrading Jeeps. Includes information, photos, difficulty level, time, costing and tools required for each upgrade described.

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ATVs: Everything You Need to Know
ATVs: Everything You Need to Know
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides a comprehensive guide to ATVs. Chapters on choosing the right ATV, ATV riding techniques, kids and ATVs, safety, performance modifications, maintenance and troubleshooting. Includes detailed chapters on upgrades and modifications to the ATV for better offroad capabilities, use as a workhorse, increasing engine power and conversion into a mud machine.

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Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car
Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Guide to building a high performance handling muscle car--the pro-touring car. Includes chapters on chassis modifications, front and rear suspension geometry/components and modification, tires and wheels, powertrain, wiring and plumbing. Several example Pro-touring cars are showcased as well.

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Jeep 4x4 Performance Handbook
Jeep 4x4 Performance Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Provides advice on upgrading the performance and durability of Jeep's various 4x4s. Includes tire and wheel improvements, suspension and steering modifications, axles/gearing/driveshafts, transfer case, overdrive, torque splitters, manual and automatic transmissions, winches and recovery, body and chassis modifications, brakes, engine performance, electrical, and safety.

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Race Car Fabrication & Preparation
Race Car Fabrication & Preparation
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Production car preparation for racing. Includes information on transmission preparation, clutches, component selection, safety systems, wrecking yard parts, fabrication, welding basics, rear end setup, hardware, the cockpit, roll cages, wheels and tires, plumbing systems, electrical and cooling system.

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750 Racer: Everything You Need to Know About Building and Racing a Low-Cost Sports-Racing Car
750 Racer: Everything You Need to Know About Building and Racing a Low-Cost Sports-Racing Car
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Overall history and guide to the construction of 750 Racers. A series pioneered in the UK, these cars are the epitome of the amateur-built race car spirit. The book also includes design and construction details and tips as well as theory.

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Baja Bugs and Buggies: How to prepare VW-based cars for off-road fun and racing
Baja Bugs and Buggies: How to prepare VW-based cars for off-road fun and racing
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides information on how to modify and build off-road buggies from a VW base. Include frames, roll cages, skid plates, engine/transaxle mods, suspension mods, tires, wheels, brakes, lights, electrical, fuel tanks, off-road breakdown solutions and driving/safety tips.

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Building a Dune Buggy - The Essential Manual
Building a Dune Buggy - The Essential Manual: Everything you need to know to build any VW-based Dune Buggy yourself!
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Step-by-step guide to equipment and building techniques to construct a VW Beetle-based dune or beach buggy kit car. Covers donor vehicle and new parts selections, avoiding mistakes.

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Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Compilation of advice and best practices on building hot rods. Includes tips and techniques from Brent VanDervort on fabrication, component installation and troubleshooting.

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Building the Pro Stock Late Model Sportsman
Building the Pro Stock Late Model Sportsman
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides information on building a Pro Stock / Sportsman car from a 1970-1981 stock Camaro front stub and fabricated perimeter frame. Blueprints are included in the book, along with component selections and explanations for each selection. Includes chassis setup information and tuning as well as adjusting the car for track conditions. For asphalt and dirt tracks

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Dirt Track Stock Car Technology
Dirt Track Stock Car Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A guide to building, setup and tuning dirt track stock cars. Includes basic chassis design and fabrication, suspension setups/adjusting to track conditions, rear suspension systems, scaling, tuning with shock abosrbers, tips and advice.

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Four-Wheeler's Bible
Four-Wheeler's Bible
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A guide to 4x4 vehicles, modifications, off-road driving techniques, handling emergencies, recovery techniques. Provides insights into preparation, controls, traction, and navigation.

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Hot Rodder's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Dream Machine
Hot Rodder's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Dream Machine
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Advice and tips/tricks from hot rod experts on planning, designing and building hot rods. Provides information on finding a donor car, chassis and suspension mods, selecting and installing engines/transmissions, interiors, and body/paint work.

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How to Build a Dune Buggy
How to Build a Dune Buggy
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

As general guide to dune buggy construction. Includes steps and illustrations to guide the builder on selecting a frame, selecting and installing suspension and steering components, powertrain, fuel and electrical. This is not a design book but does provide some insights to those interested in dune buggy design.

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How to Build a Hot Rod
How to Build a Hot Rod
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Teaches the planning, construction and assembly of a hot rod. Covers defining the project concept, planning and costing, part selection, mockup/layout, restoration and fabrication, assembly, finishing and upholstery. Step-by-step illustrations for all aspects of construction.

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How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car (SpeedPro Series)
How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car (SpeedPro Series)
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Provides 100 budget tips with diagrams and graphics to help build a low-cost/cheap rally car. Includes information on engines, cooling, electrics, suspension, brakes and navigational equipment.

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How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod
How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Demonstrates using photos, drawings and detailed information the build of a flathead roadster. The book includes advice on planning a traditional hot rod project, finding parts, tools, time, space and the services needed. Photographs and instructions show the build including frame, front suspension and steering, brakes, engine, and transmission.

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How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension
How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

This book explains how to modify a street car chassis and suspension for drag strip or high performance street use. It includes theory on handling, chassis fabrication, front/rear suspension, shocks and springs, brakes, rear axle selection, steering, and wheels/tires. Safety information is also included.

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Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
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Street Rod
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How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

How to design and construct a motorcycle engine powered race car. This book explains how select and integrate the engine into a car as well as the design of the other aspects such as chassis, powertrain, brakes, fuel, coolant and electrics.

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Electrical ( Basic)
All Types
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
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Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
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How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods
How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Describes how to build a hot rod that is consistent with its era. This book includes guidance on various eras (1950s through 70s), East Coast and West Coast, and the attributes that make hot rods from these eras faithful to their period. The book shows how to choose and locate parts which match these eras, and which frames, suspensions and interiors are correct for particular eras.

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How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Concepts of drag racing vehicle dynamics. The author explains the incremental process of a drag racing car's launch, traction and performance. The book takes a practical approach to maximizing traction through a wide variety of potential chassis/suspension modifications as well as engine/powertrain optimization and tuning.

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Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
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Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
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Auto Math Handbook
Auto Math Handbook : Easy Calculations for Engine Builders, Auto Engineers, Racers, Students, and Per formance Enthusiasts
4 Stars (4 / 5)

This book in its latest revision provides formulas for calculating aspects of engine, suspension, chassis dynamics, aerodynamics and performance.

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Race and Rally Car Source Book: The Guide to Building or Modifying a Competition Car
Race and Rally Car Source Book: The Guide to Building or Modifying a Competition Car
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Providing useful tips and advice for race car designers, especially those designing small scratch-built spaceframe cars, the Race and Rally Car source book offers one of the most unique collections of information available. Written by Allan Staniforth, the book includes practical information and his experiences on a variety of race car design/construction aspects. Read full review

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Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
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Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
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Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
All Types
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Race Car Design
Race Car Design
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Explains the fundamental design of chassis, suspension, steering, brakes, transmission and fuel systems in race cars. Specifically mentioned is its usefulness for Formula SAE/Formula Student engineering students involved in race car design.

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Race Car Engineering & Mechanics
Race Car Engineering & Mechanics
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Paul Van Valkenburgh's guide to understanding how the many components of the entire race car fit and work together. He provides design theory and practical information on tires, wheels, suspension geometry, springs, anti-roll bars, brakes, aerodynamics, handling, engine supports, chassis, safety and even racing operations such as testing and pit lane procedures.

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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
All Types
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Kart
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Stock Car (Production-Based)
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Racing Car Design and Development
Racing Car Design and Development
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Broad and insightful book on race car design. It covers aspects of handling, structural design of spaceframes and monocoques, suspension, aerodynamics, safety and ergonomics and components. Useful for understanding the design process and design philosophy.

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Stock Car (Production-Based)
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Red Bull Racing F1 Car: An Insight into the Technology, Engineering, Maintenance and Operation
Red Bull Racing F1 Car: An Insight into the Technology, Engineering, Maintenance and Operation of the World Championship-Winning Red Bull Racing RB6
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Created in the format of a Haynes auto repair manual, this book includes photographs and information about the design of the Red Bull RB6 Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey. For aspiring race car designers, it provides a close up view to components and insights into their design and optimization.

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Build Your Own Kit Car
Build Your Own Kit Car
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide on how to plan, manage and build your own kit car. The first half of the book is devoted to the history, the types of kit cars, how to choose a car and how to set up your workspace. The second half includes the build of a car including chassis, suspenion, brakes and interior.

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GT
Street Rod
Supercar
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Whole Car (KitCar)
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used (Performance Projects)
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Guidance on how to build a Shelby Cobra-style kit car. This book focuses on selecting the right kit for your goals, assembling the major components and ensuring the final product is sound. It also includes buying advice for purchasing a used Cobra kit car.

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Supercar
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Whole Car (KitCar)
The Car Builder's Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Builders of Kit Cars and Street Rods
The Car Builder's Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Builders of Kit Cars and Street Rods
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Basic tips and techniques to help avoid mistakes during the build and assembly of kit cars and hot rods. Provides sections for planning, chassis, powertrain and interiors on ground-up or partial kit and hot rod projects.

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GT
Touring Car
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Whole Car (KitCar)
The Kit Car Manual
The Kit Car Manual: The complete guide to choosing, buying and building British and American Kit Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A guide to choosing, buying and building kit cars. Includes information about kit cars, estimating costs, building space, engines, drivetrain, brakes, chassis, FRP bodywork, wiring, fuel system, and interior. Also includes new designs and developments and motorcycle engine powertrain options.

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Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A book about improving the design, fabrication and assembly of kit cars (The book's information was produced as the result of a Lotus 7 kit). Provides photographs and detailed assistance to those who own a kit car or are in the process of building one. Instruction on how to complete chassis, assemble suspension, install steering and brakes, wiring, lights and engine/powertrain. Also shows how to redesign when donor car parts specified aren't available.

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How to build a racing car
How to Build a Race Car
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A historical guide to the design and building of the midget race car in the late 1940s. Includes design process, material requirements, step-by-step construction procedures Insights for enthusiasts, historical reproduction or restoration.

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Stock Car Race Shop: Design and Construction of a NASCAR Stock Car
Stock Car Race Shop: Design and Construction of a NASCAR Stock Car
3 Stars (3 / 5)

A guided tour through NASCAR stock car team shops and the car design process. Color photographs, design drawings, and schematics depicting chassis, engines, bodies and other components at the design stage and on the shop floor.

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The Off-Road 4-Wheel Drive Book: Choosing, using and maintaining go-anywhere vehicles
The Off-Road 4-Wheel Drive Book: Choosing, using and maintaining go-anywhere vehicles
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Advice from a 30 year veteran of 4WD machines. Explains what to look for in off-road machines and which vehicles are best for various terrains and conditions. This book includes a catalog of vehicles as of its publishing date. It also includes information on driving in and recovering vehicles from hostile environments,and includes planning expeditions and survival techniques. This book could potentially be used to determine requirements for an offroad 4x4 machine build project.

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Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Whether you are designing a race car from scratch, looking to build from plans or simply trying to understand what it takes to build your own race car, Ron Champion's book is a wonderful resource to have. While the book focuses on building a specific type of road car (A Lotus 7 replica, these days referred to as a "Lowcost"), it offers many insights into the components, design and fabrication of a race car. Read full review

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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
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GT
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Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Using the "Haynes Roadster" design developed with CAD software, this book details the construction of a two-seater Lotus 7 (Lowcost) type race car. The book helps the builder understand and learn about design while constructing their own vehicle chassis and suspension. Various donor vehicles for components may be used.

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How to Build a Cheap Sports Car
How to Build a Cheap Sports Car (Motorbooks Workshop)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Extending the construction of the "Lowcost" race car to Mazda Miata powertrain and components, this book explains how you can build a Lotus 7-like sports car. It is best purchased in concert with Ron Champion's "Build Your Own Sports Car For as Little as 250" which provides chassis plans and further design insight.

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How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track
How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track: Updated and Revised New Edition
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Details the build of Tiger Avon and GTA sports cars using pre-developed plans and Ford Sierra components. The Builder determines the rear suspenion type and powerplant, which are not specifically addressed.

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SpiderCarts Arachnid Full Suspension Go Kart Plans
SpiderCarts Arachnid Full Suspension Go Kart Plans: How to Build a Go Kart - Detailed Plans
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Plans and instructions on how to build the Arachnid, a front independent/rear swingarm suspension off-road machine.

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Dirt Late Model Chassis Technology
Dirt Late Model Chassis Technology
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Guide to setting up a late model dirt chassis and 4 link suspension. Covers front/rear suspensions, steering, handling dynamics, chassis tuning, setup, scaling the car, track tuning and adjustments for common handling issues.

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How to Autocross
How to Autocross
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches car setup, driving skills and modifications for autocross racing. This book includes basic modifications for tires and suspension and more advanced modifications for mid to top level classes. Autocross driving skills such as acceleration, braking, shifting, weight transfer, slalom and driving lines are explained. Provides information how autocross events are run, the classes and the use of data logging to help analyze performance.

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IMCA Modified Racing Technology
IMCA Modified Racing Technology
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Instruction on building and setting up an IMCA modified-style car. Covers front suspension system, geometry, rear suspension systems (3-link, swingarm, coil/monoleaf, 4-link), brake system, springs/shocks, ballast and weight. Also includes chassis setups for dirt and paved cars as well as problem solving for handling and adjustments for track conditions.

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Kart Chassis Setup Technology
Kart Chassis Setup Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Racing kart handling/dynamics, setup and tuning. Covers a large number of performance related areas such as chassis weight distribution/transfer and geometry as well as the setup for track conditions, dirt and asphalt track types, and engine types plus more.

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Karting! A Complete Introduction
Karting! A Complete Introduction
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Karting information for new and prospective karters and their parents. The Complete Introduction looks at US and Canadian karting scenes. It offers information on choosing a class, chassis and engine as well as buying safety gear. Advice is also offered on dealing with kart shops, buying used and how to save money.

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Karting: Everything You Need to Know
Karting: Everything You Need to Know
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches new and prospective kart racers understand kart equipment, racing types/classes and driving techniques. It also includes information on history, gear, tuning and safety.

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Midget Chassis Technology
Midget Chassis Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Midget race car guide to chassis tuning and setup. Provides information on understanding and adjusting the midget chassis, step-by-step chassis setup, chassis alignment, chassis tuning with shock absorbers, at-the-track chassis adjustments. This book covers both dirt and asphalt cars and includes Ford Focus midgets.

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Mini Sprint/Micro Midget Chassis Technology
Mini Sprint/Micro Midget Chassis Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Chassis setup and tuning guide for Mini Sprint and Micro Midget cars. Includes step-by-step chassis setup, chassis alignment, coil-over and torsion bar suspensions, track tuning, handling problem troubleshooting, wings and adjustments.

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Paved Track Stock Car Technology
Paved Track Stock Car Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

How to tune and setup the chassis of a paved track stock car. Shows step-by-step chassis setup, scaling the car and adjusting the weight, adjusting the chassis to track conditions, performance handling, front suspension and alignment, rear suspension. 300 illustrations.

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Prepare to Win: The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Professional Race Car Preparation
Prepare to Win: The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Professional Race Car Preparation
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Carroll Smith's guide to preparing a race car for competition. Includes information about fasteners, riveting and welding, basic metal working, plumbing , fuel safety cells, electrical, brake system, clutch, suspension, wheels, tires, engine and gearbox and more.

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Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
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Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Rider Mower
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
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Quarter Midget Chassis Technology
Quarter Midget Chassis Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Chassis tuning and setup for Quarter midgets. Includes race car handling basics, suspension systems, shock absorbers, tires, wheels, chassis setup, alignment, track tuning and adjustment. Handling troubleshooting guide. Written for dirt or paved tracks.

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Showroom Stock Race Car Preparation
Showroom Stock Race Car Preparation
4 Stars (4 / 5)

200 step-by-step technical illustrations and information on preparing a stock production vehicle for racing.

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GT
Stock Car (Production-Based)
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Sprint Car Chasis Technology
Sprint Car Chassis Technology
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Information on winged and wingless sprint car chassis and tuning. Explains the chassis and its function, adjusting the chassis, step-by-step setup, chassis alignment, torsion bar and coil over suspensions, using stagger and tracking. For both dirt and asphalt track cars.

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Sprint Karting: A Complete Beginner's Guide
Sprint Karting: A Complete Beginner's Guide
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

An introductory book for new karters it covers basic chassis, engine, and race preparation as well as maintenance.

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Street Stock Chassis Technology
Street Stock Chassis Technology
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Guide to fabricating and setting up a Street Stock racing car. Topics covered include handling/setup, chassis and roll cage fabrication, changing roll center, wheel camber, rear suspensions, springs/shocks, tires, stagger, gearing, chassis setup for dirt and asphalt tracks, weight adjustments and tuning to track conditions.

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