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Today, August 19, 2015, marks a somber anniversary for motorsports fans as it was forty years ago that the legendary driver Mark Donohue succumbed to the injuries he sustained during practice at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix.  As a champion at Indianapolis, USRRC, Trans-Am, Can-Am, formula cars, stock cars, IROC and endurance racers, Donohue was one of the most popular drivers of his time.

Tragically, Donohue's career came to an end in a tragic accident during a practice session at the Österreichring race track for the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix in his post-retirement return to F1.

Mark Donohue was a true racing pioneer in his avid use of driving analysis and engineering savvy to get the most out of his racecars during his successful exploits on the track, traits that were sometimes jokingly described as an "unfair advantage." Donohue brought equal amounts of rugged determination and scientific skill to his time behind the wheel in a way that remains a distinct influence on virtually all aspects of motorsports to this day.

Just before his untimely passing, Mark Donohue saw the publication of his acclaimed book The Unfair Advantage, a first-hand account of his racing career and a car-by-car look at the science he brought to motorsports.  After a number of years of the book being very hard-to-find, Bentley Publishers collaborated with Donohue's family to reissue the book in a new edition featuring new color photos and a detailed chronology of Donohue's racing career.

"...a gripping history of sports cars and road racing..." - Los Angeles Times

"This masterpiece is, by far, the single book that you should never find yourself without." - Hooniverse

"No matter what type of motoring enthusiast you are, you will enjoy reading this book..." - Toronto Star

The Unfair Advantage is available here at BentleyPublishers.com or wherever motorsports books are sold. For more information on The Unfair Advantage, click below:

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/automotive-reference/history/the-unfair-advantage.html

 

 

The Unfair Advantage

by Mark Donohue

Softcover, 368 pages, 115 photos
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0069-7 

List price: $34.95

Bentley Publishers is proud to announce that two of our recent books won awards at the 24th International Automotive Media Competition!

Karl Ludvigsen's Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car won the Silver Award for Book Writing-History: Single Marque while the BMW 3 Series (E90, E91, E92, E93) Service Manual: 2006-2011 won the Silver Award for Book Writing-Technical: How-To.

The award winning publications of the 24th International Automotive Media Competition were announced on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, as part of the Concours d'Elegance of America held at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI.  

Administered by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation, the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), is a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. Judging of eligible entries is performed by a 22-member panel of automotive media professionals.

For more information on the International Automotive Media Competition, visit their website at https://automediaregistry.org.

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Now Available!

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $54.95

 

BMW 3 Series (E90, E91, E92, E93) Service Manual: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi

Now Available!

Hardcover, 1,424 pages, 2,412 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $149.95

Another round of great reviews for Physics for Gearheads has come in, showing that Randy Beikmann's book on the physics of vehicle dynamics, energy and power in automobiles is equally at home in an automotive enthusiast library, in a professional motorsports workshop or in a physics or mechanical engineering classroom.

  • "This would be a terrific textbook for a college-level course in automotive engineering, learning how to compute how kinetic energy of a vehicle in motion is converted to heat in the braking process, how the heat in a fuel is turned into power, or how to predict the force on a suspension pushrod."

  • "...if you are looking for a primer in physics that covers the major aspects and principles, and are also an automotive enthusiast, Beikmann's book will make an invaluable contribution to your science education...and perhaps make you a better driver too."

  • "Physics for Gearheads is an awesome resource for bringing relevance to an introductory physics class. The pictures and corresponding text truly bring the concepts to life. I would use this as a companion text for a general physics class or as a curriculum text for an elective or choice class."

 

  • "This book is destined to become the new bible of performance engineering for the regular guy. You will refer to it over and over again and it will likely become thoroughly dog-eared addition to the rule books and cam cards in the top of your tool box. The author's style is engaging without the intimidation that often accompanies a read of this nature...a "Must Read" for every gearhead, car guy and performance enthusiast."

To see all of the great reviews for Physics for Gearheads, follow this link: http://www.bentleypublishers.com/automotive-reference/engineering-and-motorsports/physics-for-gearheads/reviews.html . 

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95


"For The Dad Who Needs Speed: Packed with anecdotes about the biggest names from racing's golden age, The Racing Driver, originally published in 1958, remains a lively guide to the how and why of fast driving." Honestly, we couldn't have said it better ourselves.

For more information on Denis Jenkinson's The Racing Driver, click below: 

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/GDJE

 

The Racing Driver

The Theory And Practice Of Fast Driving

by Denis Jenkinson
With a foreword by Sir Stirling Moss

List price: $24.95

  • "I like Beikmann's approach to learning: 'Regardless of your background, 'soak time' is important'... So while a lot of this book is about speed, reading it is not. Take your time, and enjoy it!"
    - Dennis Simanaitis, illustrious automotive technical expert and former Road & Track Engineering Editor
     
  • "Physics for Gearheads, by Randy Beikmann, is a superbly presented 590 page volume, crammed full of everything a car enthusiast might need if they wish to go beyond the performance figures in the sales brochure...eminently readable."
    - Peter Wright, Renowned motorsports engineering expert and author of Formula 1 Technology
     
  • "This is the book that I wish I'd had when taking physics classes in school." 
    - Speed Secrets Weekly
     
  • "...extremely well laid out with colorful chapter subheadings, key concepts, formula highlights and plenty of diagrams...a very handy reference for vehicle dynamics." 
    - PhysicsForums.com
     
  • "If, like me, you are a gearhead who enjoys building things, this book is a godsend of practical equations that, once understood, will allow you to raise your intuitive abilities to a higher level." 
    - SpeedReaders.info

These are just some of the great things that people are saying about Randy Beikmann's new book Physics for GearheadsClick here to read more press reviews of Physics for Gearheads.

For more information on Physics for Gearheads, including the table of contents, an excerpt and much more, visit www.BentleyPublishers.com/physics.

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95

 

 


Two technical videos covering do-it-yourself procedures for the BMW X3 (E83) are now available on our BMW X3 (E83) Online Technical Library.

BMW X3 (E83) 2004-2010 Transfer Case Oil Change - DIY Repair

In this video, see how to change the BMW X3 X-Drive Transfer Case Oil. Note that fluid change may also require resetting the fault memory and control unit adaptations. Video shows resetting VTG Transfer Case adaptations using diagnostic scan tool. 

BMW X3 (E83) 2004-2010 Servomotor Actuator - DIY Repair

In this video, see how to repair the BMW X3 X-Drive Transfer Case Servomotor / Servo Actuator by replacing the internal plastic drive gear rather than replacing entire Servomotor.

Both of these videos use a 2007 BMW X3 (BMW E83) as a demonstration vehicle. For additional technical coverage for BMW X3 models built on the E83 platform, visit the BMW X3 (E83) Online Technical Library at: https://wiki.bentleypublishers.com/x/AgDQBg

BMW X3 (E83) Repair Manual - Now Available

For more information on our BMW X3 (E83) repair manual visit:  http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/bx30

 

BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010

2.5i, 3.0i, 3.0si, xDrive 30i

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,884 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

We're very proud to announce the forthcoming publication of one of the most interesting books in automotive engineering we have seen in years.


Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95
Bentley Stock Number: GEBP
Available March 9, 2015 

Softcover, 8 inches x 10 inches
604 pages
347 photos, illustrations and diagrams
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1615-5

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.

There is no better way to learn physics than by having a problem to solve

As 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. Physics for Gearheads will show you that if you can learn about cars, you can learn about physics.

Physics for Gearheads not only explains physics principles in language you can understand, it demonstrates how to use physics to your advantage.

For more information on Physics for Gearheads, including the table of contents, an excerpt and much more, visit www.BentleyPublishers.com/physics.

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95

 

 


The brand-new BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010 is now in stock and shipping worldwide!

    

Our first book of 2015 is also one of our most anticipated technical manuals in years.  This comprehensive repair manual covers the first generation of BMW X3 models built on the E83 platform from the 2004 model years up through 2010.

     

The BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010 contains technical repair information for the following engines & transmissions:

Engines covered:

  • M54 engine: 2.5i, 3.0i (2004-2006) 
  • N52 engine: 3.0si, xDrive 30i (2007-2010) 

Transmissions covered: 

  • Manual: ZF GS6-37BZ (6-speed) 
  • Automatic: GM A5S390R (5-speed) 
  • Automatic: GM GA6L45R (6-speed) 

Click on the link below to see more information about the book, including the table of contents, the complete index, a link to an excerpt and much more.

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/BX30

Order the book today here at BentleyPublishers.com or wherever BMW repair manuals are sold. 

 

BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010

2.5i, 3.0i, 3.0si, xDrive 30i

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,884 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

Happy New Year from all of us at Bentley Publishers! Our newest release arrived at our warehouse just at the tail end of 2014. The Bosch Automotive Handbook is used by automotive technicians and enthusiasts worldwide. This indispensable reference guide to automotive engineering concepts and technology has grown significantly in page count and size for this, its ninth edition. 

For more information on the Bosch Automotive Handbook - 9th Edition, click on the link below:

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/bosch/engineering-and-motorsports/bosch-automotive-handbook-9th-ed.html

 

Bosch Automotive Handbook

Updated 9th Edition

Hardcover, 1,544 pages, 1,450 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $69.95

The MINI Cooper (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013 is now available! Covering the Mk II MINI Cooper models, including the Cooper S, Clubman and Convertible across over 1000 pages, this hardcover book is a comprehensive source of repair information for the professional service technician or MINI owner.

For complete information on what you'll find in this Mk II MINI Cooper repair manual, visit http://www.bentleypublishers.com/mini/repair-information/mini-cooper-service-manual-2007-2013.htmlOrder it here at BentleyPublishers.com or from wherever MINI Cooper technical books are sold.

 

 

MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013

Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) including Clubman, Convertible

Hardcover, 1064 pages, 1845 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

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