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Art of the Classic Car
"Art of the Classic Car showcases the most beautiful and in some cases rare vehicles of the early 20th century. Each car is showcased with breathtaking photography and coupled with explicit, informative prose detailing the particular history of each model"-Provided by publisher.
Alex Davies tells the “illuminating and important narrative” (Steven Levy, author of Facebook: The Inside Story) of the quest to develop driverless cars—and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other companies in a race to revolutionize our lives. The self-driving car has been one of the most vaunted technological breakthroughs of recent years. But early promises that these autonomous vehicles would soon be on the roads have proven premature. Alex Davies follows the twists and turns of the story from its origins to today. The story starts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was charged with developing a land-based equivalent to the drone, a vehicle that could operate in war zones without risking human lives. DARPA issued a series of three “Grand Challenges” that attracted visionaries, many of them students and amateurs, who took the technology from Jetsons-style fantasy to near-reality. The young stars of the Challenges soon connected with Silicon Valley giants Google and Uber, intent on delivering a new way of driving to the civilian world. Soon the automakers joined the quest, some on their own, others in partnership with the tech titans. But as road testing progressed, it became clear that the challenges of driving a car without human assistance were more formidable than anticipated. Davies profiles the industry’s key players from the early enthusiasm of the DARPA days to their growing awareness that while this spin on artificial intelligence isn’t yet ready for rush-hour traffic, driverless cars are poised to remake how the world moves. Driven explores “the epic tale of competition and comradery, long odds and underdogs, all in service of a world-changing moonshot” (Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar).
Our continued use of the combustion engine car in the 21st century, despite many rational arguments against it, makes it more and more difficult to imagine that transport has a sustainable future. Offering a sweeping transatlantic perspective, this book explains the current obsession with automobiles by delving deep into the motives of early car users. It provides a synthesis of our knowledge about the emergence and persistence of the car, using a broad range of material including novels, poems, films, and songs to unearth the desires that shaped our present “car society.” Combining social, psychological, and structural explanations, the author concludes that the ability of cars to convey transcendental experience, especially for men, explains our attachment to the vehicle.
365 Sports Cars You Must Drive
365 Sports Cars You Must Drive puts you in the driver's seat of a century's worth of sports car legends (and a few rather less legendary), each presented with a fun and informative profile and fact-and-spec box. It's the ultimate gearhead's bucket list and poses the challenge: How many have you driven? Whoever coined the phrase "getting there is half the fun" must have owned a sports car. And the wag who suggested that "it's the journey not the destination"? Probably driving a Lotus or MG at the time. From towering icons like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Corvette to everyman sportsters from Triumph, MG, Sunbeam, and Miata to oddballs like Crosley, Sabra, and DB, sports cars inspire passion and strong opinions as few other vehicles on the road can. In one beautiful book, long-time Road & Truck magazine chief photographer John Lamm, along with other top motoring contributors, gives the reader illustrated profiles of every sports car you've ever dreamed of driving! Now, imagine if you could drive a different sports car—any sports car—every single day for a year. Which would you choose?
How to Modify Your Retro Or Classic Car for High Performance
How to modify and upgrade a retro or classic saloon or sports car for modern road or motorsport use, instruments, engine, gearbox, overdrive, wheels, tyres, supercharging and turbocharging, suspension, oil cooling and systems, clutch, cooling, brakes, back axle and drivetrain, exhaust, dyno tuning, carburation, preparation for motorsport.
Scale Car Modelling
Cars have always appealed as model subjects as - unlike aeroplanes or military subjects - the real thing is likely to be sitting outside the modeller's house. From the first car kits produced in the early 1950s, mainly dominated by American machinery, we now have a choice of automotive examples from around the world. The joint scale of 1:24/1:25 dominates car models, and it is these scales that will mostly be found in this book, from stock builds to race cars to wild customs. In addition, although injection styrene is the main material of choice, there are specialist builds using resin, white metal and photo-etched parts. The book includes detailed step-by-step guides for Building 'out of the box'; Customs and conversions; Applying decals; Dealing with resin; Wiring and engines; Salvaging old kits; A dented ride for 007; NASA's Hot Road; Dirtying a dirt track racer; An alien homage to Roth.
Car PC Hacks
A car PC or carputer is a car tricked-out with electronics for playing radio, music and DVD movies, connecting to the Internet, navigating and tracking with satellite, taking photos, and any electronic gadget a person wants in a car. All these devices are managed and controlled through a single screen or interface. The only place car PC enthusiasts can go for advice, tips and tools is a handful of hard-to-find Web sites--until now. Car PC Hacks is your guide into the car PC revolution.Packing MP3 players, handheld devices, computers and video-on-demand systems gives you a pile too heavy to carry. But add a car and put them together, you've got a powerful and mobile multimedia center requiring no lifting. The next time you give kids a lift, you won't hear, "Are we there yet?" Instead, expect "We're there already?" as they won't want to leave the car while playing video games from multiple consoles.Car PC Hacks is the first book available to introduce and entrench you into this hot new market. You can count on the book because it hails from O'Reilly, a trusted resource for technical books. Expect innovation, useful tools, and fun experiments that you've come to expect from O'Reilly's Hacks Series.Maybe you've hacked computers and gadgets, and now you're ready to take it to your car. If hacking is new and you would like to mix cars and computers, this book gets you started with its introduction to the basics of car electrical systems. Even when you're unclear on the difference between amps and watts, expect a clear explanation along with real-life examples to get on track. Whether you're venturing into car PC for the first time or an experienced hobbyist, hop in the book for a joy ride.
Questions When Buying a Car
50 plus one Questions When Buying a Car is the perfect self-help guide for every potential car buyer, whether you are buying new or pre-owned. How do you tell if a used car was in an accident or hurricane? What features on a new car provide good values? Are the miles per gallon as advertised really true? Buying a car is often the second largest purchase you are likely to make. This book could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the many cars you will buy in your lifetime. Learn how to compare various makes and models of cars; which cars hold their value the longest?; should you have a used car inspected before buying?; is it better to buy used from an individual or dealer?; are places like www.cars.com better than the local dealer?; should you buy a car after the lease is finished; and more.
Control Applications of Vehicle Dynamics
This book presents essential knowledge of car vehicle dynamics and control theory with NI LabVIEW software product application, resulting in a practical yet highly technical guide for designing advanced vehicle dynamics and vehicle system controllers. Presenting a clear overview of fundamental vehicle dynamics and vehicle system mathematical models, the book covers linear and non-linear design of model based controls such as wheel slip control, vehicle speed control, path following control, vehicle stability and rollover control, stabilization of vehicle-trailer system. Specific applications to autonomous vehicles are described among the methods. It details the practical applications of Kalman-Bucy filtering and the observer design for sensor signal estimation, alongside lateral vehicle dynamics and vehicle rollover dynamics. The book also discusses high level controllers, alongside a clear explanation of basic control principles for regenerative braking in both electric and hybrid vehicles, and wheel torque vectoring systems. Concrete LabVIEW simulation examples of how the models and controls are used in representative applications, along with software algorithms and LabVIEW block diagrams are illustrated. It will be of interest to engineering students, automotive engineering students and automotive engineers and researchers.
How Do Race Cars Work? Car Book for Kids | Children's Transportation Books
If you have a child who likes race cars, then this book should go in his collection. Aside from beautiful pictures, the book also contains information explaining how cars work. By combining design with facts, we create a book that will feed the brain with facts and pictures. So what are you waiting for? Secure a copy of this car book for kids!
The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving
In Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving, Ross Bentley explains in plain language how you can train yourself to become a true performance driver. With the promise of autonomous vehicles in our near future, and current cars equipped with "driver aides," it's not hard to feel like the art (and science) of performance driving has been all but lost. Don't lose hope! For every device designed to take the act of driving out of your hands, the desire to actively participate in driving a car becomes even stronger for driving enthusiasts. In Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving, you will learn exactly how to become an even better performance-oriented driver; whether it's to enjoy a twisty mountain highway, to take that secret back-road route to work, or even participate in a track day on a racing circuit. From how to best use your car's controls, to cornering, to dealing with adverse driving conditions, The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving will make you a better performance driver. Along the way, you'll learn what ABS, traction and stability control, self-braking systems, and semi-automatic transmissions do, and how best to incorporate them into your driving. This is the true guide to speed, and it will help you understand your car more intimately than ever. Most importantly, it will fuel your passion for driving!
Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity. The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully photographed catalogs, Car is truly an international view of the automobile through time, with histories of the men and machines that created brands which are now household names.
Nine Car Lives
Varol McKars (a.k.a. Varol Karslioglu) is a car buff, an auto writer and a model car collector. He graduated from the Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Varol chose a career in finance and worked as auditor, financial analyst and financial controller in Turkey, Germany and Canada. Varol's emotional connection with the automobile started in his early childhood. His father was one of the first dolmush drivers in Turkey. (A dolmush is a form of public taxi. The first vehicles used as dolmush in Turkey were American cars from the 1940's.) His short story; "The American Dolmush", inspired by his father's 1955 De Soto, won the first prize in the short story contest of Ankara Library, a Turkish-Canadian Cultural Association in Toronto, in 2010.While pursuing his career, Varol always maintained his connection to the world of automobiles. He has been writing about cars and the auto industry since the 1990's. He visited major automobile museums in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and the United Kingdom to follow the trails and uncover the secrets of the history of the automobile. Varol is the Weekly Columnist and North American Reporter of Otohaber (www.otohaber.com.tr), Turkey's oldest weekly car magazine. He volunteered as the editor of Telve, (http://telve.turkishcanada.org) a community magazine in Canada and also writes in for some websites and blogs. Varol has been collecting model cars from all over the world since 1972. To share his inspiration for model cars Varol founded Diecast Model Car Collection, a blog website dedicated to the fans of model and also real cars (http://DiecastModelCarCollection.com). Varol lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his family.
The All-American Muscle Car
The birth of the muscle car, mid-sized cars with big engines making big horsepower, marked not only a revolution in performanceâ€”but also a revolution in marketing. For the first time ever, car manufacturers tailored their product to a youth audience. The genre thrived in the 60s and early 70s and was reborn in the 21st century. The All-American Muscle Car celebrates the fifty-year history of the breed through stunning modern and archival photography, and brilliant essays from todayâ€™s top muscle-car writers. Organized by themes, its chapters cover the introduction and early years of muscle; the cultural trends that made muscle cars so wildly popular; the pop culture that surrounded the cars in music, film, and television; and racing, both legal and illegal. Great rivalries are detailedâ€”Camaro versus Mustang versus Firebird versus Challenger versus â€˜Cuda, GTO versus Road Runner versus Super Bee versus Chevelle SS versus Buick Gran Sport versus Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and the like. The book also explores the illogical extremes at the end of the classic era, the Plymouth Superbirds, GTOJudges, LS6 Chevelles, Hemi â€˜Cudas, W-30 Oldsmobiles, Ram Air IV Pontiacs, Stage I GSX Buicks, and 440/6 Road Runners; the dark years and the death of performance; the rebirth of the muscle car; and the modern interpretations of the breed including the new Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger.
Corvette - The Great American Sports Car
The King of Cool It seems impossible. At one time, the Corvette was the car that almost nobody wanted. When it first surfaced for the 1953 model year, the cars were rough-riding, underpowered, and lacking in the "fit" and "finish" that buyers of refined roadsters would normally expect. Through six generations and major makeovers, Chevy's European-inspired rocket has outperformed and outlasted the competition. There is no other car that enjoys such a rabid fan following, and no car is more instantly recognizable, regardless of the year. In Corvette: The Great American Sports Car, accomplished automotive author John Gunnell provides a year-by-year examination of the Corvette's evolution. With more than 225 photos and fact-filled biographies of every production Corvette ever built, Corvette: The Great American Sports Car is a handy, colorful, authoritative reference sure to appeal to any Corvette lover.
What Makes a Car Go?
Each book in this series provides an introduction to an aspect of the natural or scientific world, here cars, with lots of information to help answer children's questions about the world around them. They contain safe and easy experiments to help clarify explanations.
Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car
Trends in automotive modification come and go, some outlandish, some practical. Currently, the trend called "Pro Touring," while expensive, definitely leans toward the practical. Originally a term coined for GM cars, the term Pro Touring has come to mean a style of all cars, and many eras. Pro Touring is essentially the art of adding modern technology to aged designs, creating cars that stop, start, handle, drive, and behave just as modern performance cars do. You can do this in many ways and choose from many suppliers. Detroit Speed is at the forefront of the Pro Touring movement. Both a parts manufacturer and car builder, the company is in a unique position not only to design and manufacture parts, but to build cars and test the parts for their effectiveness on the street and track. Kyle and Stacy Tucker have put their considerable skill in engineering and market savvy to create a unique company to lead the Pro Touring movement. Not only do you learn about the history of the company and how they design their performance parts, install sections cover front sub-frame assemblies, rear suspension assemblies, wheel tubs, fuel system upgrades, brake upgrades, driveline upgrades including an LS swap, cooling system upgrades, and more. The featured cars are customer builds as well as DSE test cars, which include a host of different Chevrolet products, a 1966 Mustang and a 1969 Charger. Detroit Speed’s How to Build a Pro Touring Car is a vital edition to every performance enthusiast’s library.
How to Build and Detail Model Cars
This generously illustrated guide to assembling, detailing and customizing model cars presents ten chapters covering plastic model kits ranging from muscle cars and lowriders to race cars, hot rods and pickups. Each project addresses a different set of techniques representing skill levels that grow more advanced as the book progresses. From assembling and painting a muscle car right out of the box to building a hot rod complete with fuel lines and plug wires, as the reader finishes each project he or she develops an understanding of the skills necessary to utilize laser-etched parts, assemble hinged doors and hoods, apply metal foil for chrome finishes and execute custom paint and decal finishes. Step-by-step photos -- including 100 in color -- illustrate all of the skills and techniques described.
The American Custom Car
Among the hardest core of American automotive enthusiasts there always exists a desire to press styling and performance a step beyond the showroom floor -- to truly craft an automobile of one's own. This photographic and cultural history examines the evolution of American custom cars from the 1930s to present, covering touchstone trends, influential builders (Barris, Roth, Coddington et al), custom shows, enthusiast magazines and regional styles. An expensive collection of rare period photography and exclusive modern shots help illustrate how Detroit informed the styling of customs (and vice versa), the explosion of the custom car scene after World War II and the factors that led to the custom's near-death in the 1960s and its resurgence in the '80s. But most of all, this chronicle is a showcase of the great cars and people who influenced the movement through the years.