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How to Build a Car Audiobook

How to Build a Car

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Adrian Newey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The greatest Formula One designer of his - or any other - age." (The Sunday Times)

"Newey has a legitimate claim on the title of 'Britain's greatest living engineer'." (The Daily Telegraph)

"Adrian Newey has created more winners than all the super-brain computers in Formula One put together." (The Times)

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    "engineer's/Motorsport must read this"

    a must read for engineering and Motorsport enthusiasts. inspirational. fascintaing hearing about performance efficiency energy tactics and aerodynamics

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary O. 17/02/2018
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    "some interesting driver names but..."

    This book is an interesting history of probably the most respected engineer in F1. A must read for both fans of the sport and other engineers highly recommended

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    Andy Leeds 11/02/2018
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    "Absolutely Fascinating"

    This is an absolute must for any F1 fan. It is a fascinating insight into the world of F1’s best and most successful car designer.

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    J. Hollingshead 06/02/2018
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    "Fascinating story of Ingenuity and hard work"

    A thoroughly interesting and engrossing story of how one mans passion and love for a subject led him to become a genius of the sport.

    Well read throughout but the mispronunciations of names and teams was a bit annoying. If reading a book for audio why does nobody check and enquire about name pronunciations?

    Otherwise a very engrossing listen and very interesting for F1 and non-F1 fans alike.

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    Emnah Zibgowa 31/01/2018
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    "What a book 10/10"

    Loved every minute of it. Highly recommended it. If you are in to motor sports or even technology in general you'll enjoy it.

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    S. Taylor 22/01/2018
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    "simply incredible"

    wow, this book gave me an incredible insight into the world of F1 and filled in blank areas of knowledge for me. a fantastic book for F1 fanatics.

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    MR 17/01/2018
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    "f1 and other bits"

    a real insight to the f1 cars and other motor sports and not to Tec for jo public

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    Fascinating insight behind the scenes of F1 and several teams. A must for F1 fans.

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    well read, interesting, loads of good wee stories. narrator was excellent and lent colour to proceedings.

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    great listen. Not being a fan of F1 I still enjoyed this book. Some background knowledge of Aerodynamics and the race cars would have made it even bettrer

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    "Very enjoyable overview of the authors Formula One career"

    Very enjoyable overview of the authors Formula One career- I enjoyed the detail about Ayrton Senna and we can with the Imola tragedy.

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  • Dave P
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    "So much Formula 1 goodness"

    I have been a formula one fan for over 30 years, reading this book was incredibly fascinating. stories about the racing and the people were awesome. I can truly say I am now a fan of Adrian Need. I hope Adrian writes a sequel.

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  • Mustafa
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    "Now i like Adrian"

    Adrian is not known as a "wordy" person and this book gives quite a good opportunity to listen him constantly.

    As i ve progressed the book, i ve felt that i had a connection with his life, experiences and ideas; which is meant to be i guess.

    One negative of this "audio"book is you can not dig deep into the technical side. There are pdf s available to examine Adrian's drawings but it was not possible for me to look at them while listening.

    The solution is, i will also buy the book after a while and study, including the technical details.

    Great job Mr.Newey !!

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  • Alex Vorobieff
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    "Well worth the read if you like F1 or not - applicable to business"

    Andrian opened the door to closed world of formula one development and competition.
    You don’t have to be an engineer to understand and appreciate how they compete.
    It is applicable to businesses and leaders. Mr Newey was candid about the business and personal aspects of this highly competitive business.
    One of the great sports books I have read that has applicable lessons to apply in other fields.

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    "Fascinating"

    A wonderfully interesting and well written history
    Superbly narrated.
    A must for any sports and race car fan

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  • Jesse Shaffer
    06/12/17
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    "The stories and the structure are brilliant."

    Every F1 fan and car nerd must read this book. Adrian Newey managed to make his mark more than any other F1 designer in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and his contiunuity continues through today.

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