Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Tips On Choosing Scrtach-built Drag Racer Books
Scratch-built drag machines are the top of amateur drag racing. Because of their purpose-built nature, it is helpful to begin with books that focus on drag racing and the vehicle dynamics associated with drag racing.
Next, we would suggest books that focus on the primary areas of the drag racer--chassis, suspension and powertrain. Depending on how your design or concept evolves, other categories should be considered.
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.
Competition Car Downforce: A Practical Guide
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").
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.
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
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.
Racing Chassis and Suspension Design: PT-90
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.
The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis
Aspiring designers will find Forbes Aird's book on chassis design to be a good introduction to the fundamental purposes, structures and materials of race car (or road car) chassis. What the book might lack in formulas and design calculations, it makes up for in sheer breadth of chassis design and construction ideas. It provides sufficient information to the reader to leave them with a solid understanding of the various chassis types, materials and construction so they can make informed choices about designing their own chassis.
How to Drag Race
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.
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #1
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.
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #2
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.
Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #3 (Composite Garage Series)
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.
Engineer To Win: The essential guide to racing car materials technology
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 Airflow: A Practical Guide to Airflow Theory, Parts Testing, Flow Bench Testing and Analyzing Data to Increase Performance for Any Street or Racing Engine
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.
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.
Performance Fuel Injection Systems HP1557
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
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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.
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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.