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Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should Enjoy

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Automotive Engineering books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. How Cars Work (1999)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyHow Cars Work is a completely illustrated primer describing the 250 most important car parts and how they work. This mini test book includes wonderfully simple line drawings and clear language to describe all the automotive systems as well as a glossary, index, and a test after each chapter. How Cars Work provides the basic vocabulary and mechanical knowledge to help a reader talk intelligently with mechanics understand shop manuals, and diagnosis car problems. Tom Newton guides the reader with a one topic per page format that delivers information in bite size chunks, just right for…
Author(s): Tom Newton

2. Auto Math Handbook HP1554: Easy Calculations for Engine Builders, Auto Engineers, Racers, Students, and Per formance Enthusiasts (2011)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyA completely revised edition of the bestselling guide which includes updated photographs, math equations, and formulas, as well as new chapters on computer technology, racing, aerodynamics, suspension, and chassis dynamics….
Author(s): John Lawlor, William Hancock

3. Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling (1992)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyIn most forms of racing, cornering speed is the key to winning. On the street, precise and predictable handling is the key to high performance driving. However, the art and science of engineering a chassis can be difficult to comprehend, let alone apply. Chassis Engineering explains the complex principles of suspension geometry and chassis design in terms the novice can easily understand and apply to any project. Hundreds of photos and illustrations illustrate what it takes to design, build, and tune the ultimate chassis for maximum cornering power on and off the track….
Author(s): Herb Adams

4. Modern Automotive Technology (2013)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyThe includes a variety of questions, in various formats, to help reinforce the student’s understanding of the material presented in the textbook chapters. Step-by-step jobs in the Workbook guide students through important service and repair procedures. These jobs help students develop the hands-on skills needed to succeed in the field….
Author(s): James E. Duffy

5. Engineers’ Practical Databook: A Technical Reference Guide for Students and Professionals (2018)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyThis databook is an essential handbook for every engineering student or professional.Engineers’ Practical Databook provides a concise and useful source of up-to-date essential formula, charts, and data for the student or practising engineer, technologist, applied mathematician or undergraduate scientist. Unlike almost all other engineering handbooks out there, this one doesn’t package itself as a heavy, expensive or cumbersome textbook, and doesn’t contain any preamble or lengthy chapters of ‘filler’ material. You will find value cover-to-cover with all the essential formula, charts, and materials data. This handbook is suitable for…
Author(s): Jay Smith

6. Physics for Gearheads: An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power – with Examples from Motorsports (2015)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyAs a gearhead, you have a secret advantage when it comes to understanding physics: you see it at work every time you solve a problem with your car or watch a motorsports event. The experience you already have tuning cars or motorcycles is your virtual physics lab. will show you that if you can learn about cars, you can learn about physics.Whether your interest is in increasing your engine’s horsepower, getting more miles per gallon, or shaving tenths off your lap time on track day, you can use physics to gain insight into the problem and formulate a solution. not only explains physics principles in language you can understand, it demonstrates…
Author(s): Randy Beikmann

7. Modern Automotive Technology Shop Manual (NATEF Standards) (2005)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyThe Modern Automotive Technology Shop Manual contains 178 jobs that are grouped into 48 projects. Each project contains the jobs required to diagnose and service a specific automotive system or component, providing initial training for employment as an entry-level automobile technician. Thiscomprehensive product offers complete coverage of all of the priority one (P-1) tasks and many of the priority two (P-2) and priority three (P-3) tasks specified in the 2008 NATEF Task List, making it ideal for performance-based instruction. Full color is used throughout this manual to improve theeducational value of each photograph and…
Author(s): Chris Johanson

8. How to Design Cars Like a Pro (2010)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyThis comprehensive new edition of How to Design Cars Like a Pro provides an in-depth look at modern automotive design. Interviews with leading automobile designers from Ford, BMW, GM Jaguar, Nissan and others, analyses of past and present trends, studies of individual models and concepts, and much more combine to reveal the fascinating mix of art and science that goes into creating automobiles. This book is a must-have for professional designers, as well as for automotive enthusiasts….
Author(s): Tony Lewin , Ryan Borroff, et al.

9. Bosch Automotive Electrics and Automotive Electronics: Systems and Components, Networking and Hybrid Drive (Bosch Professional Automotive Information) (2013)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyThis is a complete reference guide to automotive electrics and electronics. This new edition of the definitive reference for automotive engineers, compiled by one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, includes new and updated material. As in previous editions different topics are covered in a concise but descriptive way backed up by diagrams, graphs, photographs and tables enabling the reader to better comprehend the subject. This fifth edition revises the classical topics of the vehicle electrical systems such as system architecture, control, components and sensors. There is now greater detail…
Author(s): Robert Bosch GmbH

10. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition (2015)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyA Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and RepairRepair all kinds of electrical products, from modern digital gadgets to analog antiques, with help from this updated book. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition, offers expert insights, case studies, and step-by-step instruction from a lifelong electronics guru. Discover how to assemble your workbench, use the latest test equipment, zero in on and replace dead components, and handle reassembly. Instructions for specific devices, including stereos, MP3 players, digital…
Author(s): Michael Jay Geier

11. General Motors Malibu, 2004-2007 (Chilton’s Total Car Care Repair Manuals) (2007)

 Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should EnjoyTotal Car Care is the most complete, step-by-step automotive repair manual you’ll ever use. All repair procedures are supported by detailed specifications, exploded views, and photographs. From the simplest repair procedure to the most complex, trust Chilton’s Total Car Care to give you everything you need to do the job. Save time and money by doing it yourself, with the confidence only a Chilton Repair Manual can provide….
Author(s): Chilton

Best Automotive Engineering Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some automotive engineering books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Proceedings of China SAE Congress 2019: Selected Papers

Author(s): China Society of Automotive Engineers
ID: 2883338, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 69 Mb, Format: pdf

Vehicle and Automotive Engineering 3: Proceedings of the 3rd VAE2020, Miskolc, Hungary

Author(s): Károly Jármai, Katalin Voith
ID: 2883511, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 86 Mb, Format: pdf

Advances in Automotive Technologies: Select Proceedings of ICPAT 2019

Author(s): M. Razi Nalim, R. Vasudevan, Sameer Rahatekar
ID: 2884090, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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