Fast Car Physics

ISBN-10: 0801898234

ISBN-13: 9780801898235

Edition: 2011

Authors: Chuck Edmondson

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Revving engines, smoking tires, and high speeds. Car racing enthusiasts and race drivers alike know the thrill of competition, the push to perform better, and the agony -- and dangers -- of bad decisions. But driving faster and better involves more than just high horsepower and tightly tuned engines. Physicist and amateur racer Chuck Edmondson's thorough discussion of the physics underlying car racing explains just what's going on during any race, why, and how a driver can improve control and ultimately win.The world of motorsports is rich with excitement and competition -- and physics. Edmondson applies common mathematical theories to real-world racing situations to reveal the secrets behind successful fast driving. He explains such key concepts as how to tune your car and why it matters, how to calculate 0 to 60 MPH times and quarter-mile times and why they are important, and where, when, why, and how to use kinematics in road racing. He wraps it up with insight into the impact and benefit of green technologies in racing. In each case, Edmondson's in-depth explanations and worked equations link the physics principles to qualitative racing advice.From selecting shifting points to load transfer in car control and beyond, Fast Car Physics is the ideal tool to consult before buckling up and cinching down the belts on your racing harness.
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Torque or Horsepower? Finding the Shift Points
Acceleration and Newton's Second Law
Velocity, Speed, Rotation, and Engine rpm
The Car, Horsepower, and Torque
Tire Markings
First Gear, It's All Right. Second Gear...
Horsepower, 0 to 60 mph, and the Quarter Mile
How Does Drag Force Affect Shift Points?
Gear Ratios
Calculating 0 to 60 mph Times
Assumptions and Results
What is the Limit for 0 to 60 mph?
Aerodynamic Drag
Correction Factors
The Quarter Mile
Flat Torque Curves
Top Fuel Dragsters
Finding the Racing Line: Road Racing
The Traction Circle
Ninety Degree Right-Hand Turn
General Turn
Constructing a Track Model
Types of Turns
Type 1 Turn
Type 2 Turn
Type 3 Turn
Turning While Speeding Up
Basic Vehicle Dynamics: Load Transfer and Tires
Center of Gravity
Longitudinal and Lateral Center of Gravity
Height of the Center of Gravity
Load Transfer and the Static Stability Factor
Tires and Forces
Tire Construction
Tires under Static Load
Tires under Dynamic Load
Contact Patch Friction
Material Properties and Testing
Longitudinal Force and Longitudinal Slip
Lateral Force and the Slip Angle
Aligning Torque
Steering and Suspension
More on Steering
Bicycle Model: Oversteer and Understeer
Wheel Alignment
Suspension Basics
Double A-arm or Wishbone Suspension
MacPherson Strut Suspension
NASCAR-Type Solid Rear Axle
Springs and Dampers
Shock Absorbers
Lateral Load Transfer: Advanced Approach
Correcting Handling Problems
Understeer Correction
Oversteer Correction
Green Racing
What Is Green Racing?
Regenerative Braking
Mechanical Energy Storage: Flywheels
Electrical Energy Storage: Batteries
Electrical Energy Storage: Capacitors
What Type of Hybrid Is It?
Parallel Configuration Hybrid: Toyota Prius
All-Electric Vehicles
Fuel Cells
Alternative Fuels
Conclusion: Get Off the Streets and Go Racing!
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