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Dialogue between one of the world's most experienced racing car designers and a technical author-graduate engineer on the theory and technique of racing car design and development. Contents include: The anatomy of a racing car designer Len Terry - A Biographical Sketch DescrIn Printtion of nearly 30 Terry designs from clubman's sports car to Indianapolis winner A blank sheet of paper - Len Terry explains his procedure for advancing a new design from the sketch pad to the race track Handling characteristics - The theoretical aspects; oversteer and understeer; practical implications Structural considerations - Space-frames and monocoques; the cockpit area; the structural engine; progress and legislation Suspension - Changing needs and layouts; the torsion bar; self-levelling systems; anti-dive and anti-squat; progressive-rate springing; stiffness/weight ratio Brakes, wheels and tires - Influence of smaller wheels; twin-disc brake systems; attention to details; low-profile tire phenomena Aerodynamics - Basic considerations; wings and things; intake ram effect; 'ground effect' vehicles The cooling system - Radiator location; cooling the oil Safety and comfort; primary and secondary safety; driver comfort Materials Components - Ball joints, batteries, brakes, clutches, dampers, driveshafts, electrics, flexible bearings, flexible fuel cells, gearshift linkages, instruments, non-return valves, nonspill fuel fillers, oil and fuel pIn Printes, Perspex mouldings, radiators, springs and steering gear; design versus development The competition - nine other racing car designers discussed Future developments
Author: Len Terry
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Binding Type: Hardcover
Dimensions: 5 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in.