A different angle on race car engineering: the practical approach

Hands-On Race Car Engineer - New SAE Publication

Warrendale, PA, (April 13, 2004) - How important is a tenth of a second?

In racing, it can mean the difference between winning and losing. In many cases, finding that tenth of a second may well lie in the accuracy of the set-up of the car - from the very moment its engineering begins.

Hands-On Race Car Engineer by John Glimmerveen looks at each part of the process required to enable a car to win. This book will be useful to those involved in the highly complex sport of auto racing. Drivers will develop a better understanding of how changes to the vehicle affect its dynamics. Race engineers will better understand the practical implications of set-up changes. Design engineers will gain knowledge about the impact of operating conditions on their designs. Mechanics will gain insight into how engineers design components. In short, this book will help racing professionals and enthusiasts learn to recognize why they won or lost a race - key information to continually improving performance and reaching the winner's circle.

Chapters include:

  • Assembling the car
  • Geometrical set-up
  • Testing, practice and qualifying
  • Racing
  • Essential spares and equipment
  • Transporters
  • Workshops
  • Electrical systems and data logging
  • Accident repairs
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Keeping records
  • Accounting and budget control

Author John Glimmerveen has been involved in motor sports for more than 30 years. His career started in the U.K. where he competed in motorcross and road-racing, both solo and side-cars, in a successful career that spanned 18 years. When he retired from racing, he worked for several race teams in Europe and the United States, culminating in a position as race technician for Keith Huewen in Motor Cycle Grand Prix. He obtained his City and Guilds in both fabrication engineering and motorcycle engineering at the Crewe College. He currently teaches race car fabrication and vehicle dynamics at Lanier Technical College near Atlanta, Georgia.

Hands-On Race Car Engineer by John Glimmerveen ©2004, is a 252-page softbound book, ISBN 0-7680-0898-0. List price is US$69.95 and Order No. R-323. SAE members receive a 20% discount. To order, call (877) 606-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or (724) 776-4970, e-mail to customerservice@sae.org, or order on-line.

*Attention automotive journalists: For complimentary review copies or for more information, please contact Marge Milligan in SAE's Public Relations department via email at milligan@sae.org.