One of road racings top professionals presents
here a vast amount of his accumulated car preparation knowledge. Covers
fasteners, plumbing, riveting and welding, basic metal work, braking
system, clutch, suspension, wheels and tires, engine, gearbox,
electrics, fuel cells, paint and paperwork.
95% of amateur racers don't have a clue about
aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, and other rather essential but very
diificult areas, and the professional racers aren't much better. The
beauty of this book is that Carroll Smith breaks it down and tells you
EXACTLY what you need to know in a very easy to read format.
and science of race car development and tuning
Smith has been racing, as a driver, an engineer and as a team manager,
since 1955. He turned professional in 1960 and his cars, driven by men
such as Amon, Andretti, Foyt, Gurney, Hulme and Ickx, have won races in
North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in events as
diverse as Le Mans and SCCA regionals.
writing this trilogy in the early 1970s and the first volume, Prepare
To Win, which covers the nuts and bolts of race car preparation, was
first published in 1975. This was followed in 1978 by Tune To Win
which covers development and tuning. Finally, in 1984 he published Engineer
To Win, an essential guide to materials and technology. Each book
has been regularly revised to reflect the state of the art.
WIN deals exclusively with the nuts and bolts of race car preparation.
It contains no theory, only down-to-earth specific instructions on how
to set up a race car in a professional manner. Being professional "does
not necessarily mean being paid, it means doing things the right way,
the only way, using logic, common sense, forethought and dedication.
What Carroll does here, through his vast experience, is to provide that
logic, the common sense and a lot of the forethought. The rest is up to
you, but as he points out in chapter one there is no magic, only vast
amounts of hard work and a fanatical dedication to the task at hand.
spectrum of race car preparation is covered from the basic nuts and
bolts and basic metalwork through the braking system, linkages,
plumbing, fastenings, wheels, tyres, suspension, engine, transmission,
electrics, paint and finally paperwork.
hiring the author as team manager, PREPARE TO WIN is one of the best
investments a race car owner or builder can make.