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Automotive Milestones: The Technological Development of the Automobile
Who, What, When, Where, and How It All Works

Author: Robert L. Norton
Publisher: Insudstrial Press
Publication date: August 2015

The Amazing Evolution of Automotive Technology ... from the Beginning to How Cars Actually Work Today

Written by a "certified car nut," Automotive Milestones tells the story of how the automobile's major systems and subsystems developed over time and explains how they work in layman's terms, without using complicated math. Combustion cycles, chassis layouts, engine types and designs, valve trains, transmissions, drive lines, suspension, steering, brakes, and body design - all are discussed in detail. You can read this book front-to-back or cherry-pick your favorite topics in any order.

This is a general interest trade book that describes the development of automotive technology and engineering from the start of the industry before 1900 to the present day. It explains how various systems and elements in the automobile work in layman's terms, without resorting to mathematics, and highlights the key milestones in the historical development of automotive technology. All photos and illustrations are in full color. The intended audience is older teens to adults of any age who are interested in the subject and may be involved in it as a hobby. Sometimes referred to as "gearheads" or "motorheads", they form a huge market. Over the years many of the author's engineering students were in this category, and he often would meet with on-campus car clubs to explain the way things automotive worked, being careful to damp down or eliminate any complicated mathematics, as he does in this book. An Internet search found only titles that are either "hard-engineering oriented" - such as publications from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) - or mere compendiums of dates. Books in the latter category note the milestones but without hardly any explanation at all of how these developments actually work in a technical sense - which is the aim of this book.

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