Car (DK Eyewitness Books) by Richard Sutton

By Richard Sutton

Vehicles have come a ways within the century or so because they have been invented. This really good choice of specifically commissioned pictures indicates how autos have replaced and built, from the risks of the early pioneering versions to the complex speedsters of at the present time. See a horseless carriage and boneshaker, the dependent classics of the Thirties, and the kinfolk automobiles of the Nineteen Fifties. each element of the car's tale is illustrated through an in depth examine a specific motor vehicle, comparable to the version T Ford, a classic Rolls Royce and a Thirties Holden. Written via Richard Sutton, vehicle is a compelling and informative advisor to the heritage and improvement of vehicles.

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So designer Alec Issigonis set the engine transversely (across the car), driving€the front wheels. The idea worked so well that now nearly all family cars have the same layout. Spaceship-inspired hood ornament ITALIAN MINI The tiny Fiat 500, launched in 1957, was even smaller than the Mini and sold almost as well. But passengers were cramped and the rearengine layout proved a dead end. BUBBLING OVER For a few years in the 1950s, tiny “bubble” cars like this Isetta were popular with citydwellers.

But all the car’s electrical power comes from the battery; it would soon run down if not continuously recharged by the generator. Distributor shaft€driven by the engine operates the points and turns the rotor arm 51 Early car€battery The drive train In the very first cars, the engine was linked more or less directly to the driving wheels. Nowadays, the engine turns the wheels through a series of shafts and€gears called the transmission, or drive, and every€car has a gearbox. Cars need gearboxes because engines work well only when running at certain speeds.

Propeller shaft Final drive Gearbox Gear change lever 52 Gears THE GEARBOX right and below Gears are pairs of wheels with teeth that interlock so that as one turns, it drives the other around with it. If the gears are the same size, they turn at the same speed. But if one gear is smaller, the bigger gear turns more slowly yet with more force. Just how much more slowly and forcefully depends on the gear “ratio” – that is, the difference€in size. Top gear This a typical gearbox from a modern front-wheel-drive car.

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