This week’s selection is “The Science of Supercars” by Martin Roach, Neil Waterman, John Morrison and David Coulthard.
Supercars are just that: cars that vastly exceed the normal characteristics of automobiles in performance, style, and well, cost.
To achieve those tip-top characteristics, a great deal of advanced engineering, manufacturing and design must take place. This has been the process of supercar development over many decades, today reaching incredible capabilities.
This book explores the entire supercar space, with contributions from multiple authors, and even an introduction from well-known British F1 driver David Coulthard, who was runner up for the 2001 championship while driving for the McLaren team.
Organization of the book is around the key scientific concepts that make up a supercar, including engines, transmissions, aerodynamics, styling, and more.
The book concludes with a look at the technology that has been re-shaping the supercar world in recent years, and how it may evolve in the future.
One of the technologies that has been especially useful for supercar development recently is the extensive use of 3D printing. Combined with advanced simulation software, the technology is able to produce unique parts that are not only lightweight, but also stronger than conventionally designed and manufactured parts.
These approaches have been used for both metal components as well as polymer parts, and there has been extensive use of composite materials, including carbon fiber-reinforced materials. These provide incredibly strong and yet lightweight parts that offer significant advantages to F1 teams using them.
If you’re at all interested in motorsport, F1 or use of technologies to advance the sport, this book is for you.
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