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Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook (Performance Handbook) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Vic Elford
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15. Juni 2008 Performance Handbook

It’s been more than a decade since the first Porsche High Performance Driving Handbook set the standard for getting the most out of a Porsche. If driving techniques haven’t changed since then, technology definitely has. This book, by the world’s foremost expert, takes that new technology into account as it gives readers the latest information on how to drive a Porsche to its limit.

Once upon a time, the Can Am and Trans Am race series changed their rules because Vic Elford and his Porsches were winning too often. Here Quick Vic shares his insights into ride control systems, new tire compounds, and Tiptronic and Direct-Shift Gearbox transmissions, all of which have transformed the experience--and the challenge--of driving a Porsche.

As he discusses recent models, ranging from new generations of the 911 to the whole-cloth inventions of the Boxster,
Cayenne, Cayman S and Carrera GT, modern images and historical photos immerse the reader in both the history and the evolving technology that Vic Elford knows like no one else.


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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Motorbooks; Auflage: Second. (15. Juni 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0760327548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327548
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 26,9 x 20,9 x 1,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 237.356 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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“This is a must read for any Porsche owner interested in either motor racing history and/or the finer points of high performance driving.” – Jon Jones, Cimarron Trail PCA Newsletter

“There is a wealth of information between these covers both historic and technical and I’s bet the novice as well as the seasoned veteran would thoroughly enjoy Elford’s slant on it all. It gets four stars from me.” – Mark Stubbs, Shenandoah PCA Newsletter


Larry Printz of The Virginian Pilot (circ.: 175,005) loved the book saying, “This book is a must for those who drive Porsches.”

Sports Car Market (circ.: 31,500) said “Elford’s book is different because so much of the book is made of stories from his past, which are used to illustrate concepts. The stories are reason to read; that you might be smoother and faster in a car by the end of the book is just a bonus.”

The Porsche enthusiast website 993c4s.com (views per month: 30,000) said “The Porsche High Performance Driving Handbook is the perfect companion gift for the new Porsche owner. The book’s conversational style makes it seem as if one is sitting with the racing legend, taking in technique secrets and enjoying unbelievable stories of his days on the track (and off). Do you know anyone who is interested in becoming a better driver? This is the book to get for them.”

Porsche Club of America chapters reviewed the booksaying: 
“This is a must read for any Porsche owner interested in either motor racing history and/or the finer points of high performance driving.” – Jon Jones, Cimarron Trail PCA Newsletter

“There is a wealth of information between these covers both historic and technical and I’d bet the novice as well as the seasoned veteran would thoroughly enjoy Elford’s slant on it all. It gets four stars from me.” – Mark Stubbs, Shenandoah PCA Newsletter



“This is a great book for any Porsche driver not just those adrenaline crazed few that want to go fast around a track. After reading this, I have got to get me some of that.” – Richard Davis, War Whoop (Official publication of the War Bonnet Region of the PCA)

Bear Facts, the official newsletter of the PCA Polar Chapter and Tobacco Roads (official publication of PCA North Carolina, Palmetto Pipes the official newsletter of the PCA Palmetto Chapter and the Silver Sage Region PCA Newsletter also reviewed the book.

“Written by the first driver to win the Monte Carlo Rally in a Porsche, this book is a must for those who drive Porsches, whether on the track or on the street.” –Larry Printz, The Arizona Republic

“His book covers driving techniques that he learned from rallies and road racing. Techniques are well-illustrated with easily understood descriptions.” – Bob Schmitt, Porscheklatsch 

“This book belongs on every Porsche driver’s book shelf if you want to become a better driver. I periodically pull down my copy and re-read it just to reacquaint myself with techniques I may have forgotten or still have trouble with.” - David Witteried, Winding Roads
 “Understanding Vic’s instructions and explanations of driving skills and car technologies and set-up requires no additional books or guides. Vic is clear, concise and his explanations seem so intuitive that you can go out immediately and practice what he has just taught. If you love your Porsche and would like to be able to experience the capability of the breed to its fullest, I highly recommend this book.” – Tom Holmes, Der Auspuff

Synopsis

This book is written by the world's foremost authority on driving Porsche cars to their limits, and offers readers the latest information on making the most of recent Porches models and technology. Vic Elford shares his winning insights into the ride control systems, new tire compounds, Tiptronic and Direct-Shift Gearbox transmissions that have transformed the driving experience, and the challenges of driving a Porsche. As he discusses recent models - ranging from the new generations of the 911 to the whole-cloth inventions of the Boxter,Cayenne, Cayman S and Carrera GT - modern images and historic photographs take the reader through Porsche's history and evolving technology. Written for both road drivers and racers, this is an invaluable asset for any Porsche driver and will quickly become a popular best-selling title.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen Too many anectdoes; not enough meat! 16. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
To me, this book seems inadequate. The book describes Vic's career, and that's fine: he's an accomplished driver. The pictures are neat, and the older exotics he drove are interesting. It's a neat history describing Porsche's racing heritage.
But it offers so little advice on driving, the book feels like a waste for someone who wants to learn performance driving.
It's not a driving manual: there's little theory, and sometimes the anectdotes lead nowhere: they don't provide a lesson!
And it's not a Porsche manual, in that the author offers very little advice on setting up the kinds of Porsches that entry-level drivers race today.
I think you're better off with Bob Bondurant's book, or one of the similar titles.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Typisch Porsche 3. März 2014
Format:Taschenbuch|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
Sehr gute Aufmachung. Gut zu lesen. Sehr informativ. Kann man jedem Porschefan, oder solchen welche es noch werden wollen nur empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice, complete base to begin your studies. 10. März 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Taschenbuch
Elford's style is easy to follow and fun to read. Nice balance of anecdotes and applications. Easy to follow diagrams and well suited to those not looking for track advice. Good, practical advice for the everyday situations. Good value for money.
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Von Ein Kunde
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When I bought this book, I thought it would be a Handbook (manual with lots of practical advice) on Performance Driving (speeding on the street in everyday use) for Porsche DRIVERS (exclusively). I was wrong. It was heavy on anecdote, but weak on 'how to'. It stressed racetrack work but failed to emphasise how to apply this to street driving. Worst of all, it told about the author's experience with old Porsche racing cars but only paid lip service to modern Porsches and how to get the best out of them. The word 'Porsche' could have been deleted from the entire book without changing the content ! That's disappointing for us hardcore Porsche drivers (?fanatics) who want to know more from such a Porsche legend about how to best set up our 911s, 944s, 928s and drive 'em hard ...
However, after reading and rereading the book (the anecdotes ARE quite interesting reading despite lacking in practical help), I found that I was only disappointed because I wrongly assumed it was something it never set out to be. This book actually should have been titled 'A primer to driving for rich folk who can afford Porsches (but who are complete incompetents at driving)'. It's true that a large number of rich people buy Porsches for the pose value but are mediocre drivers at best. It may be embarassing for them to show up in their gleaming new Targa Turbo only to be stumped when friends ask about the car's 'oversteer characteristics' or 'how to heel-and-toe' the car. This book gives an easily digestible introduction to the basic principles of car handling which will allow these rich folk to bluff their way in conversations on high performance driving. It will allow its readers to talk the talk, just don't expect them to walk the walk ! I only realized that this book was aimed at these readers when Vic Elford suggests in one of his chapters that many readers probably owned or flew their own private aircraft ...
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46 von 50 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen Too many anectdoes; not enough meat! 16. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
To me, this book seems inadequate. The book describes Vic's career, and that's fine: he's an accomplished driver. The pictures are neat, and the older exotics he drove are interesting. It's a neat history describing Porsche's racing heritage.
But it offers so little advice on driving, the book feels like a waste for someone who wants to learn performance driving.
It's not a driving manual: there's little theory, and sometimes the anectdotes lead nowhere: they don't provide a lesson!
And it's not a Porsche manual, in that the author offers very little advice on setting up the kinds of Porsches that entry-level drivers race today.
I think you're better off with Bob Bondurant's book, or one of the similar titles.
24 von 25 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Beginning to Serious Driving 20. September 2000
Von Benjamin J Wood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Vic's book is an excellent starting point for any Porsche driver of any model. Nicely balanced between technical concepts and real-life examples, it stays interesting throughout. His emphasis on smoothness throughout the book echoes what you'll hear again and again at any instructed PCA Driving Event. It is a great preparation to becoming seriously involved in driving events and is equally valuable for having fun and being safe on the street. By no means is it the most complete or exhaustive book on the topic; rather, it is a marvelous and exciting introduction.
30 von 34 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Driving Book with LOTS of interesting stories 10. Mai 2001
Von Zachary Cude - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Okay so I don't have a Porsche. I'm comfortable with that fact, and I'm not made at people who have one unlike other reviewers of this book. And what's up with going on and on slamming the rich people? If you a true racing fan and more specifically a rally fan you'll love this book. Like the title says, which other reviewers seem to forget, it is a HIGH-PERFORMANCE driving book that just happens to be done in Porsches. The author explains in easy to understand terms the principles of race and rally car vehicle dynamics and techniques to maximize these principles. He will present a topic maybe say maximum braking on various types of conditions, explain the techniques and the theory, and then tell some great story about his rally or race days which shows you a real-world application of what he was talking about. I bought this book a long time ago, lost it, and now have bought it again. It is one of my favorites both for its great stories, pictures (Vic got a 917 so sideways at Le Mans in the rain its a wonder he didn't crash it), and the basic principles that it conveys simply and effectively. This is a great beginners book on how to drive fast, and a great rally fans book with its stories. If you understand what this book is saying, and I guaruntee you will drive better and faster.
Just remember the other guys are just jealous.
8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen A fine book with the wrong title 11. Januar 2006
Von Lotus Jay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've purchased this book for the second time after my first copy (signed by Vic himself) was lost by a friend. As other reviewers have noted, the book might not deliver quite what one expects. The title may be at fault, and it was possibly chosen by the publisher more than the author. But if you read the book for its insights into 1960s and early 70s sports car racing and rallying, you won't be disappointed. Elford brings an unusual blend of technical expertise, first-hand knowledge, and good writing skills to the task. It can be inspirational to know that the source of this driving advice was the real deal, someone who thundered around the 'green hell' of the Nurburgring fast enough to win it twice, and who earned the nickname 'quick Vic' while dragging around the slowest car (Cooper) on the F1 grid.

Another reviewer objects to there being so much Elford in this book. But instead think of this as a memoir with tons of advice and instruction thrown in. Elford himself (from someone who knew him) was much too modest to tell his story without trying to make it useful to others. In the end it doesn't matter what kind a car you drive. His attitude and insights in high performance driving situations are worth understanding. He may or may not make you a faster driver, but he'll probably make you a wiser one.
9 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
2.0 von 5 Sternen Not good enough 8. August 2003
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This book is simply not worth the money. I fully agree with the reviewers who said this book is good for stories ... but useless for teaching you how to drive fast. The practical tips are very few and far between. To be honest, most enthusiasts can give you more useful pointers over a pint of beer than you can get reading this book.
If you want to drive fast: practice in your own car (safely) and get yourself some hands-on teaching. If you want to sit yourself on a couch and hypnotize yourself into thinking you can drive faster, read this book.
The reason I give 2 stars instead of one is because the stories ARE pretty entertaining. And the pictures are better than in Bondurants book ... But come on: that's not why you're thinking about buying this book, is it ?
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