Design of Racing and High Performance Engines

Design of Racing and High Performance Engines is an excellent primer for the novice and a great resource for the expert. The book presents 17 technical papers, in a clear and easy-to-understand manner, the basic principles involved in the design of high performance engines.

Editor Joseph Harralson first compiled this collection of papers for an internal combustion engine design course he teaches at the California State University of Sacramento.

Topics covered include:

  • Engine friction and output
  • Design of high performance cylinder heads
  • Multi-cylinder motorcycle racing engines
  • Valve timing and how it affects performance
  • Computer modeling of valve spring and valve train dynamics
  • Correlation between valve size and engine operating speed
  • How flow bench testing is used to improve engine performance
  • Lean combustion

In addition, two papers of historical interest are included, detailing the design and development of the Ford D.O.H.C. Competition Engine and the Coventry Climax Racing Engine.

Published:
  • 1995-02-01
Specs:
  • Published by SAE International with a Product Code of PT-53, ISBN of 978-1-56091-601-7, and 272 pages in a softbound binding. 17 Papers   See List
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