Is it possible to have some more details about the forthcoming book - title, etc - or is it still too early?
The title has pretty much just been decided on in the last day or two - it's a month or two away from being announced though. It's about the E engine but also covers the events of the time i.e. the CART IRL split in some detail and sets out the timeline which going back in this thread will change some misconceptions, my own included. There is nothing like proper in depth research to bring forward your own lack of understanding. That stuff was really quite an eye opener as a fan. I've had to re-evaluate my view on USAC somewhat, the real story of the relationship between Penske, the speedway and USAC is very different to what the world saw on the outside.
It's not a technical book, more a novel, but inevitably as it's about a technical subject it does flesh some things out and lay to rest some of the conjecture. Jade and I both went to some (as in as far as we could realistically go) lengths to get it technical accurate. We weighed the D and E engines, measured C of G and I've modelled the valve gear (of both D and E), gear train, crank, parts of the block and cylinder head as well as the PC 23 gearbox to produce illustrations - the models are right, you could make parts from them (with the possible exception of the gear tooth forms which I had to make a stab at). I learned some unexpected things like the E engines heat rejection was actually lower than the D despite producing substantially more power. I always thought the engine coolers had to be bigger - turns out they were not.
Anyway I can't give too much away! I really hope it's enjoyed by all…. well most. I can't see Tony George being thrilled but I hope it gives some insight as to his motivations and why he made the choices he did.
Edited by Patrick Morgan, 11 February 2014 - 22:14.