Race Car Chassis: Design and Construction Paperback – Jul 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
In reality, the detail needed to actually design and build a chassis for a specific car would require much more detail than this book provides. Stress analysis by suspension components and downforce, tubing diameter and wall thickness considerations, material types and their correct application, heat treating requirements after welding, welding methods for specific materials, jig construction, body attachment to frame, safety cage construction considerations, component mounting, mockup materials and proper "scaling" of strength and torsional rigidity ratings and many other aspects of chassis construction are not adequately discussed in this book for the designer / builder to make educated decisions prior to putting "rubber on the road".
The author hints at many of these and actually briefly discusses some of them, BUT I would not feel safe designing a chassis based on that information alone. Again, great for the beginner as "an overview". Should also recommend other follow-on readings at the end with a synopsis of the strengths of the recommendations.
I rated this book lower than it may have deserved because it did not inform me of the "Nuts and Bolts" of suspension design. The author did a fine job relating the different types of chassis and why they came about.
After reading other books that covered the placement of suspension and how it effects the chassis, or vice-versa, I found the detailed information to be filler material, dry, and cumbersome.
The filler material made good conversational detail of each subject, but did not fill my basic design needs. I would say this book makes a good complementary reference to a suspension book with definitions. The details can then have meaning to the reader. As a first book for the consumer, it will not be satisfying if you are interested in building a chassis.