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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most complete introduction to race driving, 8. Januar 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Going Faster!: Mastering the Art of Race Driving: The Skip Barber Racing School (Taschenbuch)
The present book is based on many years of experience gathered by several teachers at the Skip Barber Racing School, for which this book is the essential required reading. It is, to my knowledge, the most complete and detailed introduction to the techniques required for driving at the limit. Among others, the highlights of this book are the excellent illustrations, both in drawing and as photographs, and insets into the main text written by the many experienced teachers of the school offering a wider perspective (from a racer's point of view) on the explanations in the main body of the text. Of particular value is chapter 7 'From Maps to Laps' where the author approaches the Sebring race track (home to the Skip Barber school) and shows (again using elaborate drawings and suitable photographs) how one approaches a new race track - turn by turn. No other book known to me goes to this level of detail and achieves the same level of insight. All of the material is presented in a well structured form (turning this book also into a good reference), and the writing is always lucid and readable.

The material covered in this book is, in spite of the above praise, standard. Cornering is the corner stone of driving technique, and this is where the book starts. The second part shows how to find the right line on a track and then proceeds to develop the essential techniques of breaking and shifting, the explanation of which makes use of an intermittent chapter on the ways a car moves. Part three takes you from reading a new track (see the praise of chapter 7 above) to the elements of racing. This part does not spare you extensive discussions of what to do in cases things go (badly) wrong. Part four is devoted to the hardware which you use: The tires and the chassis. The concluding fifth part is an outlook into the difficulties anybody will have to face who wishes to make a career in racing. It is in the nature of this topic that here the book peters out, but some focus is preserved as this part returns to previous praise of the author for the Skip Barber school. The formal body at the end of the book contains a few references to American racing resources, a very detailed index (useful if you prefer to use the book as a workbook) and a helpful glossary.

This book is, to my mind, the best introduction to racing available at a reasonable price. The material you need to get started is all there. The book will serve those best who approach driving at the limit for the first time and wish to make it not a matter of trial and error on the track but prefer the informed (and thus in the end safer and less expensive), even if sometimes over-elaborate approach presented in this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Skip Barbers Drive Faster, 4. Juli 2000
I race in AutoX and roadracing, and recently became an instructor in a racing license course. I bought and read several books about the subject of auto racing. The 'Drive Faster' book is absolutely excellent and definitely the most thorough read available on how to drive a racecar. It has the background, the theoretic part, the science part, the diagrams and is full of useful and detailed pictures. It's nicely laid out and written in a no-nonsense language. Every chapter is finished with a good conclusions part. As a bonus, there are separate pieces of useful and funny 'war story' experiences of several successful drivers, related to the subject of the chapter.
Drive Faster covers the subject of race driving from the ground up. I would say it's a big mistake not to buy this book if you race cars. I've gone back to read and re-read chapters in this book and everytime I start to think and find something to apply on the track. Best and funniest result was finding 0.5 sec in an AutoX by saying loud to myself "feeding, feeding" like Danny Sullivan suggests in one of his war stories... Best money/performance spent on the car so far. If this sounds like a commercial, so be it. The bottom line is that, unless you're Michael Schumacher, it makes an enourmous amount of sense to spend $100 on a couple on books to unlock driver performance rather than buying that nice anodized alloy performance item to gain laptime... Top marks!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Perfection of a Genre, 10. Dezember 1999
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The term Ruthian, in honor of Babe Ruth, is a metaphor frequently used in sports to describe an accomplishment that doesn't merely break a record but so far exceeds anything that occurred previously that it deserves this ultimate superlative. On the subject of learning how to drive a race car, Carl Lopez' book, "Going Faster" is Ruthian. A road-racing fan for many years, I had always wanted to take up amateur, SCCA racing but had difficulty developing a budget for it. Now that I can afford it, I wanted to find a way to make up for lost time in learning driving techniques. Although a lot of progressive, in-car experience is a necessity, Going Faster prepares you for learning by its incredible detail and brilliant illustrations, presented in down to earth fashion, used to describe virtually every aspect of the interaction of vehicle dynamics, race course variation, and proper driver reaction. If you have a library of other books on the subject, donate them to a thrift store and buy this book. Even if you never race, reading a book that covers a subject brilliantly is a pleasure.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, 23. Mai 2014
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Lot of knowledge and tips easy to apply for everyone. Great read if you are into track days of any sort.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Helped me post a new pesonal best lap at Laguna Seca, 4. August 1998
I am an amateur racer competing in SCCA regional racing.
I found GOING FASTER to be a very useful textbook. The organization is excellent, allowing me to skip some basic information and go directly to the areas which concerned me the most. The clear an detailed description of exactly how a racing car is driven through corners helped me analize my own driving and improve my performance.
The description of each aspect of racing starts with a technical foundation and then builds to a description of how to do it in the car. I am an engineer by traning, so this combination of a theroetical treatment with practiacl advice is excellent for me.
I found the descrption of how things are in racing to be right on, and I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to try racing, as well as to the racer who wants to improve his or her perforamnce.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One Great Book! Very detailed, very well written., 5. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
If you are looking for a book that gets right down to the nitty gritty, this is it. Very well written, has tons of diagrams and photos. I soaked up the information in every chapter like a sponge and never felt like a topic wasn't covered thoroughly enough. And the author is right in that he doesn't just present his opinion alone. He is great at offering different pros take on various issues which I thought was great. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone serious about learning more about racing, whether it be karts, autocross, stock cars, open-wheeled Formula Dodge, Indy Lights, or Indy Cars....this book covers the techniques of line, braking,car control techniques, shifting and passing, as well as much much more that you will soak up!
This book will be the new bible for racers. Period.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best, most readable, most up-to-date racing text!, 28. März 1999
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GOING FASTER is simply the best, most readable, and most up-to-date racing textbook around! Although no amount of classroom instruction, principles or theory will ever replace seat time and on-track experience when it comes to developing racing skills, a book like this is a great way to enhance and help assess what you're doing (or not doing) out on the track. Plus its balance between a scientific approach and conversational language and anecdotes from well established drivers make it the most readable "how to" racing book I've ever read. Good for the beginner and seasoned "expert" alike. Congratulations to Carl Lopez on a fine job!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you can't go to school, at least buy the book!, 6. Juni 2000
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This is a great, detailed description of how to "Go Faster!" It represents the race driving theory taught in Skip Barber's 3-day school and will be helpful to anyone involved in racing at any level. Nothing beats the School's seat time you get under the instructors' watchful eye, but if you want to understand the how and why of race driving, this book does it best. There are some great illustrations and commentary from the pros throughout. If you can only have one racing book, this sould be the one! PS - it is a great refresher and study guide for those of you who have gone to school.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Next "Classic" for anyone interested in racing/going faster, 30. Januar 1998
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As a long time SCCA/PCA/Skip Barber racer(25 years at Lime Rock) and Chief Driving Instructor for the local chapter of the BMW Car club, I can highly recommend this book. I will use it often to review concepts and keep me "on course" . This will be the new classic in the industry for high speed driving/racing. Amazing detail and diagrams not found in any other book on the subject.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, 10. April 2000
Von Ein Kunde
This is the 4th or 5th racing instructional book I've read. Carl does a good job of explaining the different techniques in racing. I also picked up a few new things! The diagrams are professional and easy to understand. The side-comments by other racing experts also adds a lot of "realism" to it.
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