The Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes High-Performance Manual

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Sep 15, 2008 - Transportation - 128 pages
How to get the best from sportscars/kit cars with wishbone front suspension, coil springs and telescopic shocks. Includes ‘chassis’ integrity, geometry, ride height, camber, castor, kpi, springs, shockers, testing & adjustment.

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At first glance this book looked great, great diagrams and lots of info, but having read it cover to cover (and with a background of motorsport engineering) I have found it quite frustrating. Des Hammil clearly is knowledgeable but this book is poorly written and/or poorly proof read. Several diagrams are incorrectly labelled, and some sections are confused and unclear (eg. discussing toe-out in the section about toe-in and then mostly repeating it for the toe-out section all the while not being clear which axle is being referred to). There are also many grammar mistakes which result in having to re-read sentences before understanding.
As is explained in this book suspension is a very complicated subject. As a result I wouldn't advise this book as your first forray into the topic as it may result in more confusion but it would perhaps complement the bookshelf of someone who already has a knowledge or interest in race car engineering. I would recommend Alan Staniforths Suspension book (published by Haynes) for a detailed description and explanation of suspension systems.

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a lot of info, butnot what I wanted and not what is on cover , how to build. but should of said how to check wish bone type suspensions or something like that.not much use to me at all.oh well another book for the book case.


Using this book essential
Ride height 31
Springs shock
Negative camber
Ackerman angles
Rear suspension 72
Brakes 80
Setting up the car 96
Vehicle testing
Index 127

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About the author (2008)

Hailing originally from New Zealand, Des Hammill is a professional engineer with many years of practical experience of building race-winning engines and solving technical problems. The author of several books in the SpeedPro series, Des writes in an easy to understand manner and gives step-by-step guidance. Des also takes his own photographs and creates his own line drawings.

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