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Learning Resources

Tips On Choosing Supercar Books

Ultra-performance sports cars, better known as supercars, are usually built on a philosophy of producing the maximum acceleration, braking and cornering performance a street-legal car can. Therefore when designing such a machine, the handling and behaviour of the vehicle are paramount. We suggest starting with books that teach vehicle dynamics, preferably from a race car perspective because the supercar design is usually closer to race car than street car.

In addition to a deep understanding of vehicle dynamics, we would suggest books on chassis, suspension and aerodynamic design to assist in forming the car concept. Once a concept is developed, further study around powertrain, safety, ergonomics, interior and electrical can help advance the design.

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Topic (Level)
Vehicle Type
Resource Type
Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering
5 Stars (5 / 5)

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.

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Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Supercar
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
Bodywork
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Practical instruction on equipment, preparation and painting techniques on a budget. Covers decision making around painting, bodywork repairs before painting, equipment and paints, preparation, sanding, masking, and painting techniques.

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Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Street Rod
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
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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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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
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Driving
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides a compact, concise guide to race driving essentials. It includes chapters on optimizing the car, reading and using the track, driving techniques as well as safety, data and communications tips.

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Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
Touring Car
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Electrical
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

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.

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Electrical ( Basic)
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Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
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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)
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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
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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
General
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR (Marques & Models)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

The history and evolution of the Caterham versions of the Lotus 7 since 1973.

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General/History/Bio
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
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General
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiasts' guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiast's guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
5 Stars (5 / 5)

This historical guide shows the popular Lotus 7 original and variants produced since 1957, including Caterhams.

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Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
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Interior
Custom Auto Interiors
Custom Auto Interiors
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Step by step guide on creating custom auto interiors. Includes over 800 color photographs and instructions to guide builders through the process and techniques.

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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
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Interior
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
4 Stars (4 / 5)

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.

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Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
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Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
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)
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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
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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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Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
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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
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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)
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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
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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
Materials/Fabrication
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches the details of professional sheet metal fabrication including shaping, cutting, and joining . The books also includes how to plan sheet metal projects, acquire tools, repair dents, patch panels, copy shapes and finish the final products.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
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Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides introductory and more advanced information about metals, metal fatigue, composite fibers and the uses of a wide variety of materials in race cars.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Dune Buggy
GT
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods
Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods & More
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Information, tips and techniques on how to fabricate complex sheet metal panels in the home workshop. Includes many photographs which demonstrate the techniques of metal shaping and fabrication.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
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Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Supercar
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Materials/Fabrication
Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches the essentials of fabricating with metals including metal properties, welding equipment, jigs, welding safety, brazing, cutting, and forming. The book goes into details on types of welding as well as consumables, fluxes and sample projects to practice with.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Rider Mower
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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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 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
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging & Nitrous Oxide
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging, & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and its use on Modern Motorcycle Engines
4 Stars (4 / 5)

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.

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Powertrain ( Basic)
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Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
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Powertrain
Street Turbocharging
Street Turbocharging: Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Tuning of High-Performance Street Turbocharger Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides turbocharging theory, practical information and project vehicles. Includes components, constructing systems, engine building, fuel injection, and testing and aftermark options.

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Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
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Suspension
How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Explains how to Improve the suspension, springs and shocks of sports and kit cars. This book includes information on suspension geometry, chassis integrity, ride height, camber, castor, spring, and dampers as well as testing and adjustment advice.

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Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
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Suspension
Suspension Geometry and Computation
Suspension Geometry and Computation
4 Stars (4 / 5)

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.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
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Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
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)
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Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
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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
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Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track: Vehicle dynamics, suspension mods & setup
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

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.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
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Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
GT
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
How to Make Your Car Handle
How to Make Your Car Handle
5 Stars (5 / 5)

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.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
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
Touring Car
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)
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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
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and Experiments
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Companion student workbook of problems, answers and experiments for readers of the Race Car Vehicle Dynamics book.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance
The Racing & High-Performance Tire: Using Tires to Tune for Grip & Balance (R-351)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides comprehensive information on how tires work, their construction, manufacture and testing. The book also covers vehicle dynamics and the tire's contribution to them.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
GT
Rally
Supercar
Touring Car
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Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
Tune to Win: The art and science of race car development and tuning
Tune to Win: The art and science of race car development and tuning
5 Stars (5 / 5)

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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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
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
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design)
Race Car Design
Race Car Design
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Explains the fundamental design of chassis, suspension, steering, brakes, transmission and fuel systems in race cars. Specifically mentioned is its usefulness for Formula SAE/Formula Student engineering students involved in race car design.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Midget (Full Size)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (KitCar)
Build Your Own Kit Car
Build Your Own Kit Car
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide on how to plan, manage and build your own kit car. The first half of the book is devoted to the history, the types of kit cars, how to choose a car and how to set up your workspace. The second half includes the build of a car including chassis, suspenion, brakes and interior.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
GT
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (KitCar)
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used (Performance Projects)
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Guidance on how to build a Shelby Cobra-style kit car. This book focuses on selecting the right kit for your goals, assembling the major components and ensuring the final product is sound. It also includes buying advice for purchasing a used Cobra kit car.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (KitCar)
The Kit Car Manual
The Kit Car Manual: The complete guide to choosing, buying and building British and American Kit Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A guide to choosing, buying and building kit cars. Includes information about kit cars, estimating costs, building space, engines, drivetrain, brakes, chassis, FRP bodywork, wiring, fuel system, and interior. Also includes new designs and developments and motorcycle engine powertrain options.

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General/History/Bio
GT
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (KitCar)
Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A book about improving the design, fabrication and assembly of kit cars (The book's information was produced as the result of a Lotus 7 kit). Provides photographs and detailed assistance to those who own a kit car or are in the process of building one. Instruction on how to complete chassis, assemble suspension, install steering and brakes, wiring, lights and engine/powertrain. Also shows how to redesign when donor car parts specified aren't available.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Plans)
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Whether you are designing a race car from scratch, looking to build from plans or simply trying to understand what it takes to build your own race car, Ron Champion's book is a wonderful resource to have. While the book focuses on building a specific type of road car (A Lotus 7 replica, these days referred to as a "Lowcost"), it offers many insights into the components, design and fabrication of a race car. Read full review

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
GT
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Plans)
Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Using the "Haynes Roadster" design developed with CAD software, this book details the construction of a two-seater Lotus 7 (Lowcost) type race car. The book helps the builder understand and learn about design while constructing their own vehicle chassis and suspension. Various donor vehicles for components may be used.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Plans)
How to Build a Cheap Sports Car
How to Build a Cheap Sports Car (Motorbooks Workshop)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Extending the construction of the "Lowcost" race car to Mazda Miata powertrain and components, this book explains how you can build a Lotus 7-like sports car. It is best purchased in concert with Ron Champion's "Build Your Own Sports Car For as Little as 250" which provides chassis plans and further design insight.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Plans)
How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track
How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track: Updated and Revised New Edition
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Details the build of Tiger Avon and GTA sports cars using pre-developed plans and Ford Sierra components. The Builder determines the rear suspenion type and powerplant, which are not specifically addressed.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Preparation)
Showroom Stock Race Car Preparation
Showroom Stock Race Car Preparation
4 Stars (4 / 5)

200 step-by-step technical illustrations and information on preparing a stock production vehicle for racing.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
GT
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Magazine
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Magazine Resource

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