Secrets of Speed (Paperback)

Today's Techniques for 4-Stroke Engine Blueprinting & Tuning (SpeedPro Series)

By Nick Swager

Veloce Publishing, 9781845842970, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2010

List Price: 19.95*
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This book covers the process of building 4-stroke engines to a professional standard, from selecting materials and planning work, right through to methods of final assembly and testing. It is written for the DIY engine builder in an easy-to-understand style, supported by approximately 200 photographs and original drawings. Containing five engine inspection and build sheets, and the contact details of approximately 45 specialist manufacturers and motorsport suppliers, it explains build methods common to all 4-stroke engines, rather than specific makes or models. An essential purchase for all engine-building enthusiasts.

About the Author

Nick Swager’s experience building motorsport engines spans more than thirty years and two countries: the USA and Britain. Amongst others, he has worked on the development of drag racing and endurance engines and built motors for the Winston Cup Historic, WRC and Mille Millia Historic. He has served a City and Guilds apprenticeship and has a BA in English.

Praise For Secrets of Speed: Today's Techniques for 4-Stroke Engine Blueprinting & Tuning (SpeedPro Series)

"Covering everything from planning your project, to the building processes, through to final testing, this is a must-have title for anyone contemplating an engine build." – Classic Car Buyer

"All aspects of basic preparation and modification of key engine parts are covered, and this reviewer can give the author no better compliment than to say this work ranks alongside those of the late, great Carroll Smith as far as a good sound, engineering approach to competition applications is concerned. Newcomers and experienced engine builders alike should make a space on their bookshelves for this one." – SpeedScene

"An essential book for kit and specialist car enthusiasts and/or owners … written in an understandable for us DIY-ers, supported by approximately 200 photographs and original drawings." – Totalkitcar

"Even if your mechanical knowledge is limited to changing a tyre, and if you never plan to get your hands dirty, Secrets of Speed will at least make you an instant know-it-all amongst your friends." –

"Written in an easy-to-read style, perfect for the DIY engine builder who wants to increase the power and reliability of their engine." – Old Stager

"There a good deal of genuinely new information even for those who have built a number of engines before." – Track Driver