Archive for Items Categorized 'Technology', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Cadillac Northstar V-8, A History

by Anthony Young

First seen in the Pininfarina-designed Cadillac Allante, the technically complex Northstar has powered cars as diverse as grocery-getters and a Le Mans prototype. Phased out in 2011, without a direct replacement, this long-serving powerplant gets a good look here.

Porsche 917: The Undercover Story

by Gordon Wingrove

There is no shortage of interesting books about this iconic racecar. What makes this one stand out is that it is written by a former race mechanic who knows every nut and bolt on the car.

The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems

by Rob Siegel

Not driving your modern car for a week or more? Trouble! Battery four years old? Trouble! If this book saves you only one service call it’ll pay for itself.

Rocket Development with Liquid Propellants

by W H J Riedel

In 1939 the author became Chief Designer at the V-2 rocket development center. Prior to that, he helped early German rocket designer Max Valier develop a series of CO2 and liquid oxygen-alcohol rocket engines and rocket-driven cars to promote Heylandt products.

Hurst Equipped: More Than 50 Years of High Performance

by Rich Truesdell & Mark Fletcher

Don’t pass this book by because it has muscle cars on the cover! Hurst was so much more than performance parts and racecars. This is the first-ever look at the company and its many products and, at least a little bit, the man himself.

Recaro – Seating in Motion

by Frank Jung

Synonymous with seats, Recaro is a whole lot more—no wonder considering the firm is now 110 years old. This book takes a colorful look.

Schlegelmilch Sportscar Racing 1962–1973

by David Tremayne

An important photographer, an important period, expect to be entertained and delighted and moved the way only images can do.

The V12 Engine

by Karl Ludvigsen

What do a tiny 1.1L motor from 1926 and a monster 112L from 1965 (which actually comprises four engines) have in common? A V12 configuration. How this is possible and why this is desirable—and why it didn’t always work—is the subject of a book first published a decade ago but now thankfully reissued.

WO Bentley Rotary Aero Engines

by Tom Dine

Yes, we already posted a review of this book here but it wasn’t written by us. The book, and the circumstances of its publication, are important enough to re-review it once more but with more detail.

Owning Model S

by Nick J. Howe

You may not have seen one in the wild but since their launch in 2012 tens of thousands of these things are on the road the world over. Time to find out what makes them tick (well, hum, if anything), no?

Restoring Museum Aircraft

by Robert C. Mikesh

Remember how you used to see non-original polished metal, even chrome, in the engine compartments of cars in serious concours d’elegance? Well, times have changed, and so have the philosophical approaches to automotive restoration.

The Wankel Rotary Engine, A History


by John B. Hege

A simple design, compact size, light weight, nearly vibration-free operation . . . so why is no one using this engine? In the 1970s automakers were tripping over themselves to license it. This book explains what happened. Or didn’t.