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Essential to the builder of any fast road or race engine, from period to modern
Describes engine modifications from the secretive world of modern motorsport
Approximately 200 explanatory drawings and photographs
Concise and straightforward text, using British and American English terms
Explains the building process from planning to final testing
Detailed descriptions to encourage the DIY engine builder
Not limited to specific makes or models
Units in metric and imperial
Also includes sections on ignition, exhaust and fuel systems
The process of building 4-stroke engines to a professional standard, from selecting materials and planning work, right through to methods of final assembly and testing, written for the DIY engine builder in an
easy-to-understand style, and supported by approximately 200 photographs and original drawings. Containing five engine inspection and build sheets, and the contact details of approximately 45 specialist manufacturers and motorsport suppliers, the book explains build methods common to all 4-stroke engines, rather than specific makes or models. An essential purchase for all engine-building enthusiasts.
Since the inception of car and motorcycle racing, people have been fascinated by the engines that power high-performance vehicles. This book reveals and explains modifications from the secretive world of motorsport. It is written in an easy-to-read style, perfect for the DIY engine builder who wants increase the power and reliability of their engine. The book explains build methods common to all 4-stroke engines, rather than specific makes or models, making the information ideal for the builder of either a period or modern engine
Opening with planning suggestions about the types of tuning and modifications that can be undertaken, and their possible consequences to drivability, it then moves on to define tuning and blueprinting, and the inspection and build processes involved right through to testing a completed engine. It also has sections on ignition, exhaust and fuel systems, all made clearer by 200 original drawings and photographs. Containing five engine inspection and build sheets, and the contact details of approximately 45 specialist manufacturers and motorsport suppliers, this book is an essential purchase for all engine-building enthusiasts.
"Covering everything from planning your project, to the building processes, through to final testing, this is a must-have title for anyone contemplating an engine build." Classic Car Buyer
"Even if your mechanical knowledge is limited to changing a tyre, and if you never plan to get your hands dirty, Secrets of Speed will at least make you an instant know-it-all amongst your friends." Wheels.de
"All aspects of basic preparation and modification of key engine parts are covered, and this reviewer can give the author no better compliment than to say this work ranks alongside those of the late, great Carroll Smith as far as a good sound, engineering approach to competition applications is concerned. Newcomers and experienced engine builders alike should make a space on their bookshelves for this one." SpeedScene
"An essential book for kit and specialist car enthusiasts and/or owners
written in an understandable for us DIY-ers, supported by approximately 200 photographs and original drawings." Totalkitcar
"Written in an easy-to-read style, perfect for the DIY engine builder who wants to increase the power and reliability of their engine." Old Stager
"There a good deal of genuinely new information even for those who have built a number of engines before." Track Driver