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How to Build a Car

Narrated by: Richard Trinder
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The world's foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain's greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir.

How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian's unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved.

A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian's thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form - he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works. Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster. And while his career has been marked by unbelievable triumphs, there have also been deep tragedies: most notably Ayrton Senna's death during his time at Williams in 1994.

How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian's remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling - its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Adrian Newey (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The greatest Formula One designer of his - or any other - age." ( The Sunday Times)
"Newey has a legitimate claim on the title of 'Britain's greatest living engineer'." ( The Daily Telegraph)
"Adrian Newey has created more winners than all the super-brain computers in Formula One put together." ( The Times)

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  • 08-01-2020

Great Book for F1 Fans

This is a great book and shows a different side of the story for the fans. If you are a fan of the sport this is a great listen.

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Loved it

So interesting and what a unique view. Thanks for sharing your story with us all

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it was good. bit repetitive

amazingly good recollection of the challenges for each years car. I enjoyed it. good for F1 fans

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Bit dry but must listen for F1 fans

It's a bit dry in places but definitely worth a listen for super F1 fans.

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Great listen

Really enjoyed hearing the stories behind the news stories. Coming from the horse’s mouth filled in the questionable gaps in some of Formula Ones folklore. I’ll listen again straight away now as I’m sure I missed some of the details as there was soo much.

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Not just for rev heads!

I’m really not much into F1, but really enjoyed this book. Technical without being boring, an entertaining review of a life in the industry. Really, really good.

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Insight on the world of F1

Cheerfully telling the great times and sobering sharing the lowest of low points. A must for any Formula 1 fan.

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How to Pronounce a Name

Suzuka, not Suzaka Ricciardo says RickARdo Irvine rhymes with vine Dario Franchitti is a Scotsman

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first audible book i listened to it was very good. worthy of being on repeat

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amazing insight into the man that is Adrian Newey

Amazing listen, easily finished, a few good laughs while reading this book recommendation for any F1 Fan

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  • moo
  • 09-02-2020

Snooze fest

As an F1 fan and car enthusiast I found this book a massive let down. Somehow Adrian has managed to skip most of the interesting parts of his career. He tells the stories in such a way it’s like listening to a weather forecast. For example; he goes to the trouble of spelling out every car license plate he’s ever owned. He drones on about the career of his daughters, I’m not interested in the lives of your children. I wanted to know the tech behind F1 and interesting highlights from a long career. Instead this book is a weird mix of ego and unnecessary details. The author talks down to the listener and dumbs down most technical details. If you’re into F1 Ross Browns book is far more interesting.

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  • TohirT
  • 21-09-2018

A Must for any F1 or racing fan

Adrian’s name is synonymous with championships across Indy and primarily F1. What I didn’t know is the entire story behind this extraordinary man. Well he is not. He is just a guy with a passion and a vision. I loved every chapter of this book. Especially all the F1 anecdotes from his career. Those have me a new perspective on a lot of events I’ve observed as an ignorant fan :)

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  • Malachi Drew
  • 12-06-2020

Great combination of engineering and stories

I found the engineering, especially the aerodynamics, absolutely fascinating. Additionally, the story aspect added interest, while not distracting from the engineering.

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  • avaca
  • 09-04-2020

Awesome

The story is great and talks about f1 a lot mostly about Aerodynamic’s but is a really great story

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  • Joselo
  • 14-03-2020

Fasten your seat belts!

This book is a must for anyone who's even remotely interested in F1. Newey is a legendary race engineer and aerodynamicist whose designs have won an outstanding 10 Constructor's Championships. The book is very well written and has a great pace. It's tone is casual, as if a friend were passionately telling you all the ins and outs of his job. He shares plenty of anecdotes and inside stories involving other great legends of the sport, all of which is bound to make any fan even more excited about watching the next race! I learned a lot from this audiobook and it gave me a new understanding of F1. One can get a sense of the pressure that these hyper-competitive people go through, the challenges that they face, the toll that their work takes on their family lives, their obsession with finding loopholes in the rules and being one step ahead of their rivals... Obviously, in a sport that combines the ability of extremely talented drivers with technological innovation, the engineer plays a key role. There are moments of well-deserved gratification and also tragic episodes (like the death of triple-world champion, Ayrton Senna). Newey also speaks of his involvement in other projects outside of F1. His memoir is mostly a celebration of racing... and of Adrian Newey himself, of course. Narrator Richard Trinder delivers the material somewhat flatly, but efficiently.

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  • crispy
  • 07-07-2020

one of the best books I've read

it was an incredible book, one of the best books I've read in a long time

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  • rodrigo camus
  • 15-05-2020

must for any F1 fan. Newey is a genius

It's great to understand what happened behind the scenes in formula 1. Also to see who is the real champion or the last few years

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-2020

biography of a F1 engineer and the cars he created

I recommend to any motorsports lover. this is an autobiography of Adrian Newey, a top F1 engineer. I loved hearing him explain the thought process he used when designing each racecar he helped craft. the story follows Neweys life from college till recent. filled with anecdotes and funny moments, sad moments and ever in between. along the way I also learned the evolution of the F1 car from the 1970s to present . I knew hardly anything about F1 when I started the book. very enjoyable.

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  • Curtis
  • 15-01-2020

Required reading for F1 fans!

Great story of an F1 legend. I listened to it intently and could barely stop. Lots of detail on design, his life and some great insights into the politics behind F1. Good performance in general with an excellent Nigel Mansell impression.

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  • Jonathon Anderson
  • 05-01-2020

Any Formula One nerds dream.

Truly enjoyable on the nerdiest level. Super detailed explanations about all things aerodynamics and auto racing.

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  • Robert
  • 14-04-2018

So much better than you think it will be!

Don't worry it's not too technical. Funny, entertaining, fascinating, historical, nostalgic. A must listen for any F1 fan. If you listen to Damon Hill's and Mark Webber's books aswel there's some nice overlap with some of the stories - so you get at least two perspecitves on some events. For me I expected it to be a dry, tiring listen full of technical babble I didn't understand - given the subject and what I have seen of Adrian Newey interviews. Couldn't be more wrong. He is extremely funny, explains everything in a way that you can relate to and understand (think of that teacher at school who just had a way of explaining things that made everything make sense to you). I was unsure about this book... I bought it and now have listend to it twice, and enjoyed every minute both times. Trust me, just buy it, you WILL enjoy it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

Brilliant book and brilliant narrator

Adrian Newey has had a fascinating and lucrative career in autosport and this book is a wonderful insight into his life along the way.

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  • Joe W.
  • 13-10-2020

A petrolheads must listen!

I'm not a huge F1 fan and i didn't even know who Adrian was was i came across this, but I love all things automotive so thought I'd give it a go....and boy am I glad I did! This had me completely captivated from start to finnish. Adrian gives a real world insight to what its like behind the scenes of motorsport and I love the technical problem solving explained in this. I will definitely give this another listen in the future!

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  • Robmac’sazon
  • 09-10-2020

Intriguing

Interesting to hear the thought processes and learning that goes into the design of a car. Loved it.

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  • PhatPhantom
  • 18-09-2020

Worth a listen

A thoroughly interesting listen for anyone with a passing interest in engineering or Formula 1.

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  • T. Sutcliffe
  • 17-09-2020

Nice change

It was good to hear from the other side of the garage, Adrian is a very talented person. Yes there were a few pronunciation issues, but overall well red.

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  • Gary
  • 05-09-2020

A fascinating account of modern F1

You have to be very much into F1 over the past 20 years to enjoy this. Some very insightful insights into the working of F1 given by a very talented & determined car designer

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  • Filip
  • 24-07-2020

Good book overall

As a motorsport, automotive and engineering fan, I found this book to be very good. The main reason it didn't get 5* was because of Adrian's incorrect statements about EVs being an environmental red herring solution.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-2020

Every F1 fan will love it

If you like F1 you will enjoy this book. Adrian Newey has enormous experience in F1 and his stories are very interesting.

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  • Mojo McCoy
  • 08-07-2020

Very good but irritated

The book is very good, it’s very technical which is exactly what you expect from the author. BUT... The narrator is really irritating, he’s voice is fine and performance is fine but he clearly knows nothing about F1, miss Pronunciation on names and technical subjects which really should have been picked up by someone.