• How to Build a Car

  • By: Adrian Newey
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-30-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.9 (63 ratings)

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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.
©2017 Adrian Newey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Christian Carroll on 02-11-18

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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By Dave P on 02-04-18

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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By Anonymous User on 12-09-17

engineer's/Motorsport must read this

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

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By Gary O. on 02-17-18

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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By Anonymous User on 02-15-18

Masterpiece from Adrian Newey.

I'm a mild F1 enthusiast but as an aspiring design engineer, I found this book very very great in depicting the technicality involved in F1. Adrian is truly the best car designer in F1 hands down.

If you are an F1 enthusiast, engineer or both you will definitely enjoy this book.

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By Zahin on 02-06-18

Great read!

Insightful, technical and enjoyable. Highly recommended for the motoring and racecar enthusiasts. Well written and narrated.

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