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Car Science

Car ScienceTop Gears Richard Hammond is in
  the driving seat of Car Science to take
  you and your child on a fascinating,
  turbocharged tour through the nuts and
  bolts of car technology where you
ll find
even in the 21st Century — ‘you
  canna change the laws of physics!

YOUNGSTERS EVERYWHERE will be delighted to make a voyage of discovery into the world of science as they turn the pages of Car Science, Richard Hammond's fascinating book of interesting facts and figures from the world of motoring; with fantastic colour illustrations to accompany the short, pithy explanations of how a car works.

Car Science is divided up into four sections: Power, Speed, Handling and Technology. But no boring and long, drawn out accounts here. Richard Hammond gets straight to the point. Underneath the bonnet of every car there is a lot of fast, furious and spectacular science going on and we want to know about it —
whether it's power, combustion or G-force.

Each sub-section is spread over two pages just waiting to be explored by an enthusiastic youngster —
so parents can help them discover all about the science of cars between the covers of this beautifully illustrated, compulsive book that also includes great projects for children with things to make and do.

Starting with a brief history of the car — Goodbye, horse! —
you can find out how cars revolutionised the world; see how oil is formed over millions of years and understand how petrol is produced. Do you know all the parts of an engine? Or what pistons and crankshafts do? How gears work and how Newton's Law relates to powering a car? Or how energy is harnessed? You'll know the answers once you've looked at Car Science.

Diagrams, cutaway drawings and cool graphics illustrate the text. Steer to the fundamental science behind the mechanics and treat yourself to an exciting look into the future of minimal emissions and maximum fun.

One of the more light-hearted questions is: How do you lift a car to the top of a mountain? The answer is easy: find a gently sloping road and drive up it! Car Science also looks at the science of airflow, of changing shapes of cars, breaking records, the G-force, skids, grip, how having an accident affects us and — with the help of crash dummies — it emphasises the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

Car Science also explores alternative fuel sources and hydrogen is mooted as one of the most likely power sources for cars — although there are still a few problems that need to be ironed out.

Richard Hammond comes up with some interesting trivia such as the connection between Horsepower and Watt; the world's biggest truck (the enormous-engined Liebherr T282) and he compares speeds — from a snail at 0.03mph through to a Cheetah at 62mph, the 850,000 Bugatti Veyron at 253mph and on to the unbelievable Land Speed Record (763mph) of the Thrust SSC.

Discover All-Terrain Vehicles; Monster Trucks; Fuel Cell Cars, Submersible Cars —
and a remarkable Pixy. There is also a section on car design with a few crazy ideas that never took off. With a very useful glossary at the back, Car Science is the complete book for everything young people could wish to know about cars.

Car Science is available from all good book shops and also from where you can get 20 per cent off on all children's books until the end of July (2008). Retail price is 14.99.

The Author
Richard Hammond is best known for co-presenting Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and for his car accident on the show. He is passionate about cars, science and learning and is the host of Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One. His first book for children Can You Feel The Force was published in 2007 and won The Royal Society Junior Prize for Science Books.