Synopses & Reviews
Plenty of drivers think they know the secrets to getting the most out of their cars when it comes to performance handling upgrades and setup. But most of these drivers have been misinformed and don’t know how off-base and even counterproductive many commonly accepted theories can be. Veteran driver and setup wizard Don Alexander has spent decades learning the ins and outs of high-performance handling and truly understands how to get the most out of any car, whether it’s for autocrossing, road racing, drag racing, rallying, or just getting the most fun out of your daily commute or weekend road trip. High-Performance Handling for Street or Track strips away the myths and misconceptions surrounding vehicle dynamics and handling to give you the information and strategies you need to make the right suspension modifications, choose the right aftermarket parts and tires, and gather the crucial data that will allow you to maximize your car’s performance. You will also benefit from Alexander’s years of experience behind the wheel to learn race-proven driving techniques that will help you to shave seconds off your lap times and make your everyday driving more fun and engaging. Whether you are a novice looking to take your stock hatchback to a track day or a veteran who wants to make that next step up the podium, High-Performance Handling for Street or Track will help you reach your goals.
Turn your daily driver, weekend fun ride, or track car into a corner-carving performance machine. From planning a course of modifications to installing parts to tuning handling characteristics, High-Performance Handling for Street or Track will have you cranking out high-g cornering forces on your favorite twisty course. Topics covered include:• An overview of vehicle dynamics• How to tune handling for differing applications• Guidance for selecting aftermarket components, including anti-roll bars, springs, shocks, bushings, chassis braces, camber adjusters, wheels, and brakes• Tire and wheel selection advice Whether you’re building a high-performance street car, an autocrosser, or a track-day machine, High-Performance Handling for Street or Track will help you create an integrated suspension system and tune it for maximum performance.
From planning a course of modifications to installing parts to tuning handling characteristics, this book will have you cranking out high-g cornering forces on your favorite twisty course.
About the Author
With a racing and automotive journalism career spanning four full decades, Don Alexander is a highly respected race driving expert, writer, and test driver. As a race-driving instructor, he has taught thousands of racers the skills needed to get the most out of their machines and has reached thousands of others with his 10 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Alexander is probably best known for his stint as the editor of Circle Track magazine, where his Learn to Race and Win and Race Car Setup article series were the most popular in the magazineÆs history. Don also provides test driving services for several automotive aftermarket companies.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1 What Is Handling?Chapter 2 Factors Affecting Vehicle Handling PerformanceChapter 3 What Is Vehicle Dynamics?Chapter 4 TiresChapter 5 Suspension ModificationsChapter 6 Suspension ComponentsChapter 7 Vehicle Preparation and SetupChapter 8 Suspension Tuning for the TrackChapter 9 Track Driving TechniquesChapter 10 Track Driving OverviewIndex