Tips On Choosing Top-Level Autocross/Solo Books
The top-level autocross classes allow almost any type of vehicle including all-out race cars, and therefore the design and construction aspect of the vehicle is almost unlimited. If you are new to Autocross driving or looking to get better, then we suggest a book specifically on Autocross driving techniques. In terms of race car design and construction, the type of car you are fielding will determine the type of books you look for.
If you are using a production donor, we suggest books that focus on understanding vehicle dynamics (How a vehicle behaves in motion), production vehicle customization/upgrades, and vehicle setup. You may seek books that potentially address conversion of a production vehicle to a race car.
If you are designing and building from scratch then we suggest books that focus on design and construction of a race car type similar to that which you intend to run. Vehicle handling/dynamics, chassis and suspension are good starting points as the vehicle design largely depends on these areas.
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering
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.
Amateur Car Aerodynamics Sourcebook: For everyone interested in road car aerodynamics
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.
Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Handbook
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.
Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed
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.
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
Winning Autocross Techniques
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
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.
Advanced Automotive Welding
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.
How To Weld
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.
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
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.
Engine Builder's Handbook
Street Turbocharging: Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Tuning of High-Performance Street Turbocharger Systems
Provides turbocharging theory, practical information and project vehicles. Includes components, constructing systems, engine building, fuel injection, and testing and aftermark options.
DIY Testing of Car Modifications
Fast Car Physics
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.
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track: Vehicle dynamics, suspension mods & setup
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.
How to Make Your Car Handle
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.
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics (R146)
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.
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments
The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance (R-351)
|Whole Car (Customize/Upgrade)|
Race Car Fabrication & Preparation
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.
|Whole Car (Design)|
Race Car Engineering & Mechanics
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.
|Whole Car (Preparation)|
How to Autocross
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.
|Whole Car (Preparation)|
Prepare to Win: The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Professional Race Car Preparation
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.
|Whole Car (Preparation)|
Showroom Stock Race Car Preparation