Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Tips On Choosing Production-Based Drag Racer Books
Depending on the class of production-based drag racing you intend to participate in, modifications can be minimal to extensive. We suggest starting with a book on drag racing techniques and general drag racing builds for street cars.
For more extensive modifications, you will likely need to delve into specialized books on engine, driveline and chassis modifications.
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.
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
How to Drag Race
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
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.
Carroll Smith's Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook
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.
Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide
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.
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
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.
Designing and Tuning High-Performance Fuel Injection Systems
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.
Engine Blueprinting: Practical Methods for Racing and Rebuilding
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.
Engine Builder's Handbook
High-Performance Differentials, Axles, and Drivelines
Maximum Boost: Designing, Testing and Installing Turbocharger Systems
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.
Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques: A Practical Guide to Precision Engine Building
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.
Performance Automotive Engine Math
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.
Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install
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.
Racing Engine Builder's Handbook: How to Build Winning Drag, Circle Track, Marine and Road Racing Engines
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.
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.
Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems
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.
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.
Physics for Gearheads: An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports
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.
|Whole Car (Design and Build)|
How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension
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.
|Whole Car (Design and Build)|
How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
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.
|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.