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Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)

Learning Resources

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.

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Topic (Level)
Vehicle Type
Resource Type
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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)
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
4 Stars (4 / 5)

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. Read full review

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
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
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
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)
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
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)
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
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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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
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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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
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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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
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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Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
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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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
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
CycleKart
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
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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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Custom Street/Import
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 (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
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Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
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)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Midget (Full Size)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
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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Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Touring Car
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
General/History/Bio
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
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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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Electrical ( Basic)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Quarter)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Micro)
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design)
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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Book Resource
Magazine
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Magazine Resource
Magazine
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Magazine Resource
Website
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Website Resource

Sanctioning Bodies/Organizers

Region 
Race Car Type
Australia
ANDRA

Australian National Drag Racing Association

Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Europe
FIA/UEM

European Championship Drag Racing

Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
New Zealand
NZDRA

New Zealand Drag Racing Association

Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
North America
IHRA

International Hot Rod Association

Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
USA
NHRA

National Hot Rod Association

Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
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