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How to Build a Car

Written by: Adrian Newey
Narrated by: Richard Trinder
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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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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memoirs of the greatest racing car designer

interesting, relatable content, even though it won't turn the reader into a championship-winning designer. the written words were good, but the narrator was clearly not from the racing world, as was made obvious occasionally with some pronunciations.

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Excellent

Simply a must read for every motor racing fan, and people who interested in aerodynamics. Very detailed, touching stories, with extreme technical details.

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  • TohirT
  • 2018-09-21

A Must for any F1 or racing fan

Adrian’s name is synonymous with championships across Indy and primarily F1. What I didn’t know is the entire story behind this extraordinary man. Well he is not. He is just a guy with a passion and a vision. I loved every chapter of this book. Especially all the F1 anecdotes from his career. Those have me a new perspective on a lot of events I’ve observed as an ignorant fan :)

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  • jc 550m
  • 2019-04-30

Best F1 book ever, best life story ever

If you are an F1 fan this book is a must. If you are a fan of technology and what it takes to build a truly successful race car and team this book is a must. If you want to be truly inspired by a life story this book is truly amazing.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2019-03-15

Well written and well read.

This is good technical information wrapped up in a well written story about an intelligent gear head and his drive to be the best.

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  • A. Decker
  • 2019-03-04

Insight into a genious' life

While the book doesn't actually instruct you how to build a car, it gives insight into how one man influenced the design of many great racecars. Adrian's story is an amazing one. He gives insight into the workings of racecar design (on a mildly technical level), the drama behind the scenes on a racing team, and how all consuming a passion for racecars can get (especially if you get paid for it). He has the talent and gift of being able to create these amazing looking and performing machines, and he give a glimpse into this process without coming across as arrogant because he also describes he many failures.

This book was a great listen for a fan of motorsport . If your an enthusiast, you shouldn't have an issue visualizing the technical bits hes talking about. If your not familiar, you may have to stop and look up some of what he's discussing.

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  • Rebecca T.
  • 2019-02-28

100% would read again!

A wonderfully narrated tale of Adrian Newey's inspiring career in motorsports design. For the formula 1 enthusiast or the casual lover of engineering and ingenuity.

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  • Melanie wessel
  • 2019-01-27

Must read for any F1 fan!

Great telling of many historical times while Adrian went to Williams, McLaren and Red Bull. Very interesting stuff

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  • Francis G.
  • 2018-12-21

More than what I expected.

It was a great listen. It was more enjoyable with the technical descriptions of the car as I'm a car guy but you don't need to know the technical details to enjoy it. The narrator wasn't very strong in the beginning but I fell into his pronunciations and enjoyed listening to him. It was a good story that stayed on track.

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  • Richard T. Wallace
  • 2018-12-17

A Must- read for anyone who has an interest in car

could not put it down til the end! Totally engrossing- an incredibly technical story told in a feeling and straight forward way by one of the giants of his field!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-17

Strangely served as an entertaining self help book

After endless autobiographies and F1 books, this book brings a fresh new feel. Even if you are not a diehard F1 fan I guarantee you will have hours of enjoyment.

This book appeals on so many levels!

The F1 fan:
Different to any other autobiography this really goes into the inner workings of the sport, FIA influence, teams, money, and surprisingly many developments Newey had his hands all over that are still used to this day

The Motorsport fan:
Any motorsport fan will love the technical detail this book goes into from an engineering point overview. It spans karting, sports cars, Indy, production road cars, motorbikes and ultimately F1

The Sport fan:
Watching the inner workings of high stakes, high budget international sporting series, complementary businesses, sporting psychology, international regulations and the birth of an unorthodox new kid on the block - energy drink company in F1

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Surprisingly Newey shares many experiences in his life, both from marriage, and fatherhood to troubles in school and believing in a vision. You get a sense on the ambition, hard work and dedication Newey has put into his craft and it leaves you inspired to approach your life with the same tenacity.

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  • khaos
  • 2018-08-06

if you like f1 or you're a gear head this is great

Adrian tells a great story through his builds and the experiences and characters he meets along the way. Would highly recommend this to anyone with F1 interests.