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Cars: Design and Engineering for STEM

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The Thrust SSC blasted across the Black Rock Desert in Nevada in October 1997, powered by two jet engines. This amazing vehicle reached 763 mph, smashing the land speed record and becoming the first car ever to go supersonic. How are cars designed? What makes racing cars so special? Who invented air bags? Discover everything you need to know about cars, from the first steam engines to the power and luxury of modern supercars.

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Overview

The Thrust SSC blasted across the Black Rock Desert in Nevada in October 1997, powered by two jet engines. This amazing vehicle reached 763 mph, smashing the land speed record and becoming the first car ever to go supersonic. How are cars designed? What makes racing cars so special? Who invented air bags? Discover everything you need to know about cars, from the first steam engines to the power and luxury of modern supercars.

Traces the history of the first automobiles through the development of supercars and muscle cars, discussing such topics as computer design, safety features, and speed records.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
The invention of cars, cars of the future, race cars, police cars…a whole lot is crammed in to this book. Cars are an eternally popular subject with children, and any young car fan will be happy to flip through this. It isn't remarkably better than any other book about cars your child might pull off the shelf at the library, but it's not bad, either. The photographs are useful and interesting (for example, one two-page spread shows a black-and-white photo of an early production line, and a full-color photo of a modern robotic assembly). A brave attempt is made at explaining how engines work, and is surprisingly successful given the vocabulary constraints. The environmental and social costs of a car-centered society are not mentioned. Includes a glossary, timeline, Web site recommendations, and an index. From the "Mighty Machines" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432970352
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Design and Engineering for STEM Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 839,737
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Coppendale has been involved in children's book publishing for many years, producing, editing and writing both fiction and non-fiction, including The Great Big Book of Mighty Machines.

Ian Graham is the author of many children's books.

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Table of Contents

The First Automobiles: From the first steam carriages to mass-produced gasoline cars 6
The Design Revolution: From wire frames to photo-realism--using computers to help design better cars faster 8
Land Speed Record: The fastest driver on Earth chases the ultimate speed record 10
Supercars and Muscle Cars: The world's fastest, most powerful, most desirable, and most expensive road cars 14
Speed Kings: Formula 1 and Indy Car single-seat track scorchers 18
Sports Stars: "Tin top" racing with saloon cars, stock cars, 24-hour endurance racers, and rally cars 22
Sheer Luxury: The most comfortable, elegant, and luxurious cars in the world 24
Car Safety: Fasten your seat belts--building safety into cars 26
Glossary: Car Facts 30
Chronology 31
Index 32
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