Sports Car and Competition Driving

by Paul Frere


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Paul Frere-le Mans winner, Grand Prix driver and Road & Track magazine's European editor has prepared a new edition of his classic, Sports Car and Competition Driving. First published in 1963, 'Sports Car and Competition Driving' sold tens of thousands of copies, establishing it as a standard reference on driving. In this revised edition, Frere builds on the strengths of the original by explaining how to meet the new challenges posed by radical new developments in automotive technology.

- Driving Position
- Changing Gear
- Automatic Transmission
- Braking
- Heel-and-toeing

Racing on Road and Track
- Racing on Track
- Racing on Road
- Rally Racing
- Road vs. Track Drivers

- The Line
- Driving Into and Out of a Corner
- Transitory Turn
- Succession of Bends
- Road Camber

From Slipping to Sliding
- Slipping
- Sliding
- Oversteer and Understeer
- Turning Understeer into Oversteer
- Drifting a Car Through a Bend
- Aerodynamic Aids

From Theory to Practice
- Setting up the Suspension
- Roll Stiffness
- Toe-in and Out
- Tire and Wheel Sizes
- Springing and Damping
- Aerodynamic Tuning

Practicing, Qualifying, Racing
- Practicing
- Qualifying
- Racing
- Choosing Tires
- Time Keeping and Communication
- Race Tactics

The Race
- The Start
- Passing
- Flags

Speed and Safety
- Anticipation
- The Emergency Line
- Driving in Rain
- Winter Driving
- Racing at Night
- Less Braking - More Speed
- Passing on the Road
- Safety Belts

How To Become a Racing Driver
- Getting Into Racing
- Learning
- How to Become a Racing Driver

Dos and Don’ts
- Dos
- Don’ts

Appendix 1 The Effect of Banking Angle and Tire Load on Maximum Cornering Speed

Appendix 2 The Effect of Down Force on Maximum Cornering Speed

Appendix 3 The Effect of All-wheel Drive on Handling

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  • Publisher: Robert Bentley, Inc Publishers
  • ISBN: 0837602025 (0-837-60202-5)
  • ISBN-13: 9780837602028 (978-0-837-60202-8)
  • Format: Softcover, 156 pages
  • Date Published: 1998


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