The How to Make Your Car Handle how-to guide starts out with general/foundation information on components and systems that contribute to car handling. Then, it delves into suspension tuning and chassis modifications to help you enhance your car handling performance. It also includes a special section about specialized racing vehicles and their unique car handling challenges.
Few things are as rewarding as throwing a car into a tight turn and have it hold the line, especially if you have played a role in redesigning its suspension system.
But how do you get there?
With the help of How to Make Your Car Handle, by Fred Puhn, you will learn from the basics of chassis geometry and construction to automotive suspension theory. Important subjects such as roll center and axis, camber changes, bump steer, anti-dive, ride rate and balance and more, are thoroughly covered by this guide.
But theory will only get you so far. The book also goes in detail into things such as how to install suspension systems, how to modify your car's suspension, handling hardware such as sway bars, shock absorbers, bushings, tires wheels and more.
But how about aerodynamics? you ask... Well, How to Make Your Car Handle also delves into body mods for reduced drag and high-speed stability. Spoilers, air dams, ground effects and more are discussed in detail. Plus, brake system modification and set up for max stopping power and handling is also part of this great book.
The Motor Bookstore is proud to offer this book, which is one of the best and most complete sources of automotive handling information available, explained in plain, understandable language, so you can become an expert.
Subject: A book for DIY mechanics who want to improve their car's handling capabilities. ISBN-10: 0912656468 | ISBN-13: 9780912656465 | HPBooks 46
TABLE of CONTENTS:
THE DESIGN PROCEDURE
GENERAL INFORMATION ON HANDLING
How tires affect handling | The dynamics of cornering | Understeer, oversteer, neutral steer | Factors affecting tire grip | Transient handling characteristics | Fore-and-aft weight transfer | Suspension systems | Roll centers | Centrifugal force and maximum cornering speed | Lateral weight transfer | Weight transfer in chassis tuning | The effect of body roll | Frame structure | Aerodynamics
Ride height | How to adjust ride height | Cars with coil springs | Cars with leaf springs | Cars with torsion bars | Other designs | Weight distribution | Caster | Toe | Squaring the chassis | Camber | Bump steer | Roll steer | Preparing for testing | Troubleshooting handling at the test track | Aerodynamic testing | Tuft testing | Brake testing
Tires | Tire size selection | Wheels | Wheel types | Springs | Shock absorbers | Anti-roll bars | Locating devices | Stiffening the frame | Changing the CG location | Changing the polar moment of inertia | Brake system modifications | Aerodynamic devices | Making things adjustable | Steering modifications
SPECIALIZED RACING VEHICLES
Oval track racing | Drag racing | Off-road racing | Speed record vehicles | Ground effects
Future trends | Suppliers list | Index