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How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer (utgåvan 2017)

av Adrian Newey (Autore)

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The world's foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain's greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir. How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian's unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved. A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian's thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form - he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works. Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster. And while his career has been marked by unbelievable triumphs, there have also been deep tragedies; most notably Ayrton Senna's death during his time at Williams in 1994. Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian's remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling - its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.… (mer)
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Titel:How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer
Författare:Adrian Newey (Autore)
Info:HarperCollins (2017), Edition: 01, 400 pages
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How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer av Adrian Newey

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Следить за полетом мысли гения не менее захватывающе, чем наблюдать изготовленный им шедевр. С этим согласится любой читавший дневники Да Винчи. Эдриан Ньюи – самый успешный создатель болидов «Формулы-1» последних лет тридцати: 154 победы и 11 Кубков Конструкторов.

Практически каждый год ему приходилось придумывать способы обходить очередные ограничения, налагаемые организаторами соревнований на автомобили, и каждый раз его решения оказывались лучшими.

Ошибаются ли гении? Да. Да так, что могут погубить других гениев. Именно на машине Ньюи разбился «Волшебник» Айртон Сенна. И здесь, пожалуй, в первый раз мы сможем прочитать о той трагедии со слов непосредственного участника событий.
  Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
Ghost writer Andrew Holmes does a spectacular job at capturing Adrian Newey's cheekiness in both life and on the drawing board.

Honestly, I only wanted the nerdy behind the scenes technical details of Newey's career. That's here with extravagant detail and explanations that give context for the last three decades of F1 car design. Yet what surprised me was how engaging the personal details of Newey's story were. It's interesting that Newey never shies away from admitting workaholic commitment to his profession and yet from youth to present day, so much of this book conveys a witty and competitive spirit animating his entire life.

A great book for F1 fans and especially for anyone interested in the evolution of design process and thinking in pursuit of lap time. ( )
  Kavinay | Jan 2, 2023 |
Authentic insight into people and politics involved in F1. Adrian tells us about himself, his work, the struggle to build a new, competitive F1 car year after year. He explains the rationale behind his designs and how some of his design came about. And the stories behind the stories you read about in F1. When the competitors insisted FIA stood for Ferrari International Aid. The song by John Lennon about F1 and its' characters (think Bernie E. for one). Read Adrian's opinion about some of the rule changes. It's great stuff. ( )
  thosgpetri | Aug 4, 2022 |
Most racing-related (auto)biographies focus on the drivers. But there are other interesting stories to tell about racing in general and Formula One in particular. Adrian Newey’s autobiography offers a unique insight into the world of Formula One.

Newey knew from an early age that he wanted to design race cars. He made the smart choice to focus his education on the aerodynamics side of things, not the mechanical engineering. Thus prepared, he went to work at March and proceeded from there, not only as designer, but also as race engineer. The book chronicles his successful days at Williams, McLaren, and Red Bull. It gives unique insights into the design processes involved, which often include finding loopholes in the rules, and then exploiting them before a) the competition catches up, or b) the FIA abolishes the exploits.

Newey also describes the other aspects of Formula 1 live – the political machinations, the partying, and the occasional black spot – the toll the constant travelling took on two marriages, and most notably the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994, in a Newey-designed Williams. Newey the racer is also in there – an aspect of his life that I had not previously heard of. He has computed in historic racing with a Ford GT40 and a Jaguar E-Type, suffering a horrific accident with the former in Le Mans, but also winning many races.

This book has received some well-deserved praise. If you’re at all interested in modern Formula One, and racing in general, I can highly recommend this book. ( )
  TobyW78 | Dec 28, 2020 |
4.5 stars

As an F1 fan I was buzzing to read this - and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Adrian Newey is a remarkable figure in the motor racing industry and takes the reader along his way to reaching the top of motorsport through witty anecdotes and engineering lessons. There have been several times when I was laughing out loud while reading - kudos to the ghostwriter for making the stories come alive on paper.

I’ll admit I didn’t understand everything when Newey explained his solutions to aerodynamic/mechanical problems, especially in the latter part of the book where the problems were more complex and the descriptions were shorter, it seemed. The drawings helped, but not always. Nevertheless, my lack of understanding engineering didn’t make this read any less enjoyable.

Newey’s passion for motorsport and dedication to his work is impressive to say the least and I was left admiring his (positive!) influence on a sport as complicated as motor racing. I’d recommend this to any F1 fan, especially those who are interested in how F1 cars have evolved over the past 30 or so years. ( )
  frtyfour | Jun 16, 2020 |
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The world's foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain's greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir. How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian's unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved. A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian's thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form - he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works. Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster. And while his career has been marked by unbelievable triumphs, there have also been deep tragedies; most notably Ayrton Senna's death during his time at Williams in 1994. Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian's remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling - its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.

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