• How to Build a Car

  • By: Adrian Newey
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-30-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (109 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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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By William J. Adams on 04-24-18

Excellent technical journey into the sport of F1!

I really related to the author when it came to getting excited about the technology side of racing. What an amazing career!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raymond on 04-14-18

A great look into the mind of an absolute genius!

Very few people have taken the time to record personal events in the motorsport world. I read every book on the subject I can find and this is one the best I have ever read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-14-18

So much better than you think it will be!

Don't worry it's not too technical.
Funny, entertaining, fascinating, historical, nostalgic. A must listen for any F1 fan.

If you listen to Damon Hill's and Mark Webber's books aswel there's some nice overlap with some of the stories - so you get at least two perspecitves on some events.

For me I expected it to be a dry, tiring listen full of technical babble I didn't understand - given the subject and what I have seen of Adrian Newey interviews. Couldn't be more wrong. He is extremely funny, explains everything in a way that you can relate to and understand (think of that teacher at school who just had a way of explaining things that made everything make sense to you).

I was unsure about this book... I bought it and now have listend to it twice, and enjoyed every minute both times.
Trust me, just buy it, you WILL enjoy it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin Castilla on 04-17-18

Hugely entertaining and enlightening.

If you could sum up How to Build a Car in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, gripping history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Build a Car?

Newey's detailed descriptions of his thinking, concept, drawings, and execution is like oxygen to this 40-years long Formula 1 addict. His way of describing the reasoning for curving this surface or lowering that one, and the effects on car feel and driver feedback, all make for fascinating inside knowledge by the designer himself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Adrian Newey's wit and comedic style belies his relatively 'normal' appearance. He is a very funny man, with quirky humor, which infects every page. It's unexpected comedy from a potentially dry subject. I loved it.

Any additional comments?

There are passages of this book that may bamboozle a non-F1 fan, granted. However... if you're interested in aerodynamics, car design, and things that affect performance, plus inside information on the drivers who've pedalled his many winning cars, this book will enthrall you. Guaranteed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By tecevo on 03-30-18

Amusing

Perfectly light hearted with just the right balance of technical detail where required but never bogging the store telling down.

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