Tips On Choosing Wingless Formula Car Books
As the formula car is scratch-built and often races in a very narrow performance band, we suggest you start with a solid understanding of vehicle dynamics that will enable you to maximize the performance of the car through your design.
Other good books to consider would be chassis/suspension design, motorcycle-engine powered race car design, metal and composites fabrication and fasteners/metallurgy. Although not winged, aerodynamics still play a significant role in racing where the engine power is close, and so books on aero design should be considered as well. Depending on how your design or concept evolves, other categories should be considered.
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.
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 Design: Principles and Analysis (R-206)
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.
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.
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.
Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving
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.
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
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
Racecar: Searching for the Limit in Formula SAE
The A-Z of Grand Prix Cars
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.
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
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
Practical Fabrication and Assembly Techniques: Automotive, Motorcycle, Racing
Engine Builder's Handbook
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging, & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and its use on Modern Motorcycle Engines
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.
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.
Suspension Geometry and Computation
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.
The Shock Absorber Handbook
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.
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
Tune to Win: The art and science of race car development and tuning
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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How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
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Race Car Design
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Red Bull Racing F1 Car: An Insight into the Technology, Engineering, Maintenance and Operation of the World Championship-Winning Red Bull Racing RB6
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.
ASN Canada FIA
FIA sanctioned sporting assocation in Canada
Canadian Formula Student
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile
Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Student Formula Series (UK)
Society of Automotive Engineers - Student Formula Series
Sports Car Club of America