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The Chariot Makers
Title : The Chariot Makers
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ISBN : 9780752865249
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240

Join Steve Matchett--racing broadcaster, columnist, and longtime Formula 1 mechanic for the championship Benetton team--on a quest to build the ultimate racing machine. During a fogbound evening in an airport lounge, Matchett and some fellow enthusiasts began a discussion of racecar design, a conversation which evolved into a detailed examination of the teams and technologJoin Steve Matchett--racing broadcaster, columnist, and longtime Formula 1 mechanic for the championship Benetton team--on a quest to build the ultimate racing machine. During a fogbound evening in an airport lounge, Matchett and some fellow enthusiasts began a discussion of racecar design, a conversation which evolved into a detailed examination of the teams and technologies behind the world's most complex sport. Their thoughts are captured here, from choosing the best chassis and most advanced suspension to building the strongest gearbox, providing an unmatched insider view of the international F1 scene."'I really could see the scenes he describes evolving in my mind, as if I was there-the mark of true genius in the author!"--F1 Sport International


The Chariot Makers Reviews

  • Anthoney

    F1 tech has always been fascinating and lately it all seems tech. It's not about the better driver, it's just about having the better car. F1 driving skills seems to be who has better mastery of the tech. earlier the driver's used to be brash, cool and colourful, now the tech is cooler. So it was good to get a deeper insight of the tech. The evolution has been just as cool. Having said that, inspite of all the ugly noses this season, the McLaren Mercedes is a beauty

  • Herwin Thole

    Less gripping than the previous two books Matchett wrote on life in the F1 paddock. The premise of the book is simple: let's construct a Formula One car part by part. From the monocoque and wings to the engine and gearbox, Matchett explains why certain choices or compromises are made by F1 constructors. He avoids technical details and terms, and rightfully so. But he also never really dives into a topic. I feel the book is best suited for the uninitiated, who want to gain a basic technical under [...]

  • Mike

    Not that I wish Mr. Matchett to put out another book merely for the sake of putting out another book, & I respect his position at the conclusion of The Chariot Makers that he always envisioned his story in three parts—the first two being Life in the Fast Lane & The Mechanic's Tale—but listening to him on Speed's F1 broadcasts I believe he has much more of merit still to say about this sport we love, more than enough to fill a fascinating & insightful book.

  • Andre

    Former F1 mechanic turned TV broadcaster, Steve Matchett, looks at how a modern F1 is designed and put together - explaining and putting in perspective the technological advances we've witnessed since the dawn of modern Grand Prix racing. F1 fans will find quite a few revelations, while newcomers might develop a new appreciation for the things that make F1 a whole lot more than two dozen cars running in circles. Despite the emphasis on technology, the book is an easy and entertaining read.

  • Chris Welbon

    Lots of good info about F1 car design woven into a needlessly contrived backstory of getting to fly back to Paris on the Concorde with a couple of other milquetoast Brits. The history of composites and chassis construction is especially good, and the secret behind McLaren's ridiculous model naming is revealed. Steve needs to back off on weird mix of early 20th century uppercrust Anglo-slang and Francophilia. A much better commentator than a writer.

  • Ciarán Bohane

    Took Me A Year But A Good Read For MotorheadsI started this in the way to Silverstone last year. I finished it on the way this year. A great read for those interested in behind the scenes of F1. It would be great to see a similar book detailing today's cars.

  • J. Gray

    Fascinating glimpse into the world (and minds) few of us will ever be granted personal access.

  • Doug Wilkerson

    Steve Matchett is a former F1 mechanic and long time commentator on the speed channel. Read only if you're interested in Forumula 1.