Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Anglais) Broché – Illustré, 8 mars 1996
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* How aerodynamics win races.
* Why down force is more important than streamlining and drag reduction.
* Designing wings and ventures-what works and what doesn't.
* Wind tunnel designs, methods and results-what you can and cannot believe.
* Full definitions of terms, with equations and examples provided for determining key aerodynamic parameters like drag, lift and side-force coefficients, fluid viscosity, or wind-tunnel corrections.
* Numerous examples using specific race cars, passenger-based prototypes, and open wheel designs.
* Special overview section reviews the fundamentals of aerodynamics.
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Ce livre m'a été conseillé par un aérodynamicien en Formule 1 et peut servir de référence aux passionnés de la discipline reine du sport automobile.
Explique enfin clairement le rôle d'un diffuseur, l'influence de la balance aérodynamique et quelques règles importantes de l'aérodynamique.
Seul bémol, écrit il y a quelques années donc pas à la page sur les sidepod vanes ou les diffuseurs soufflés.
Pour les passionnés de ce domaine : un classique à posséder !
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There is an ongoing -- and intriguing, but not thorough -- discussion of the exotics of the racing world and he looks at open-wheeled cars quite often, but there a noticeable lack of discussion of open-wheel v. mud-flap bodywork. But the discussion of the challanges of racing at high-speeds in relatively stock-bodied autos is superficial at best. As an example, with all the aero-difficulties that NASCAR stockers have had staying on the ground for the past 15-years, there is limited discussion and the reader is left with one picture of an old Pontiac sedan drafting -- you will have to really read between the lines to figure out what a spoiler does, let alone how this most basic device works. However, if you dig, a reader can extrapolate some useful, but minimal, lift/drag/downforce data from some of the tables in the book...
Unfortunately, the good professor didn't give us the benifit of much of his obvious knowledge -- it seems to be an honest look at the automobile, but through the eyes of a Cessna, Boeing or Lockheed designer. A great book at half the price, but if your interests or racing rules require a relatively stock sedan or sports-car body configuration, there are other books with a more thorough treatment of the subject in this price range.
The only place where I did find the book lacking was in addressing vortex flow. Passenger automobiles are using turbulent air flow more often these days, primarily to reduce drag, yet none of the tricks you see commonly on Porsches or Corvettes, or even on every day sedans were addressed. Hopefully the author is saving this for his next book.
Overall I would definitely recommend that anyone interested in exotic cars, either as a spectator or operator, add this book to their collection.
VERY basic on fluid mechanics/dynamics and scrapes the surface on racecar aerodynamics, but almost everybody in our wind tunnel (Langley Full Scale Tunnel) has a copy!
Still, there are good things here. The brief discussion of wind tunnels is quite interesting and in a sense explains the demand side of the CFD development since clearly the capital intensity of really accurate autosports wind tunnels is high. The basic explanations of fluid dynamic behavior are clear enough. The references at the end of the chapters are quite helpful and would enable anyone seeking more in depth understanding to find a path, though again, they are all 15 years old.
This is not a bad book, but more a starting point than an ending point.