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Beast, The top Secret Ilmor-Penske Engine that shocked the racing world at the Indy 500.
One of the legends of the Indy 500 is the debut of The Beast, a custom-built pushrod V8 engine that was developed in secret by Ilmor and Penske. When it debuted at the Indy 500, the engine produced roughly 200 horsepower more than its competitors. The massive effort to design and build it in a seemingly impossible timeframe is still hailed as one of the most herculean efforts and well-kept secrets in the history of the Indy 500. In BEAST, bestselling author Jade Gurss unveils never-before-told stories of the people on two continents who created the exotic engine in just twenty-six weeks. Gurss chronicles the subterfuge and confirms and debunks myths, legends, and rumors that persist twenty years later regarding British racing-engine experts Ilmor Engineering, who designed and manufactured the engine, and American industrial magnate Roger Penske, whose race team tested and raced it. Even rare World War II fighter planes and supersonic jets roar into the heart of this high-tech tale that also stars legendary drivers Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil, Al Unser, Jr. of the United States, and Canadian Paul Tracy.
In the final weeks leading up to the five-hundred-mile race, Mercedes-Benz came aboard to lend their brand name to the project, adding a European touch to the multinational mix. The book builds on the ever-increasing tension with the approach of raceday, reaching a suspenseful and dangerous climax at 250 miles per hour. Wrapped up inside all the intrigue and drama are the business and motivational lessons that have made Penske one of the most successful businessmen in the world and that helped Ilmor and its cofounders, Mario Illien and the late Paul Morgan, design and manufacture Indy car and Formula 1 championship–winning engines.
Beast is a compelling narrative for readers who enjoy business and technology stories or true tales shrouded in mystery, and a must-read for sports and auto-racing fans.