John Barnard revolutionised Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole,
through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design.
Written with Barnard's cooperation and with input from dozens of
associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story,
both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard's
technical achievements are explored in detail--and in accessible
language--with special emphasis on his brilliant initiatives while at
McLaren (the first carbon-fiber composite chassis) and Ferrari (the
first semi-automatic gearbox). The Perfect Car is also a human-interest
story, telling a tale of innovation under intense pressure while Barnard
endeavoured to maintain a stable family life. This is a landmark book
that will be relished by anyone interested in motorsport and design.
This biography of John Barnard tells the fascinating story of the
designer who revolutionised Formula 1 by perfecting carbon-fiber
construction while at McLaren and the semi-automatic gearbox with