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The Race Car Chassis: Design, Structures, Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track

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Which is one of the most important pieces of a winning race car?

Ask any racing engineer and, invariably, you'll get the same answer: The chassis!

So what's involved in designing and fabricating a race car chassis that will have a shot at the winner's circle?

In The Race Car Chassis, author Forbes Aird distills the answer down to the basics, and presents a study of the design of stiff and lightweight race car frames, and materials used for their construction. Everything you need to know about drag car chassis materials is here in a 122-page book with more than 200 illustrations and photos. It will reveal what drag racing car material goes into building a mean machine.

He also covers important topics such as:

  •  Chassis Types
  •  Chassis History
  •  Suspension Design
  •  Joining Ferrous Metals
  •  Joining Light Alloys

In sum, this guide is a must-have resource for engineers, engineering students, fabricators, racers and anyone interested in the fundamentals of designing a race car, whether road, drag, circle trac, open- or closed-wheel.

Subject: A comprehensive study on the history and design fundamentals of race car chassis. ISBN-10: 1557885400 | ISBN-13: 9781557885401 | HPBooks 1540


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • The Idea of a Chassis
  • Suspension Systems
  • The Loads of a Vehicle Frame
  • Four-Tube Chassis and Space Frames
  • Stressed-Skin Construction
  • An Overview of the Strength of Materials
  • Tube Frame Materials and Details
  • Stressed-Skin Materials and Details
  • An Overview of the Modern Race Car Chassis
  • Bibliography

  • Publisher: HP Books
  • Author: Forbes Aird
  • Pages: 122 - Over 200 b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-55788-540-1
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