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Formula 1 - Car by Car 1950-59

The formative years of the 1950s are explored in this next instalment of Evro's decade-by-decade series covering all Formula 1 cars and teams. When the World Championship was first held in 1950, red Italian cars predominated, from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, and continued to do so for much of the period. But by the time the decade closed, green British cars were in their ascendancy, first Vanwall and then rear-engined Cooper playing the starring roles, and BRM and Lotus having walk-on parts.
As for drivers, one stood out above the others, Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio becoming World Champion five times. Much of the fascination of this era also lies in its numerous privateers and also-rans, all of which receive their due coverage in this completist work.

This year-by-year treatment covers each season in fascinating depth, running through the teams - and their various cars - in order of importance. Over 600 photos from the superb archives of Motorsport Images show every type of car raced by every team and driver, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.

Author:Peter Higham
Specs:304 pages, 29 x 24.5 x 1.8 cm / 11.4 x 9.7 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:600+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2020)
Book: Formula 1 - Car by Car 1950-59

Formula 1 - Car by Car 1950-59

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Car by Car 1960-69

This book is the first in a multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. The series launches with the 1960s, when the British came to predominate after the rule of Italian and German manufacturers in the previous decade.

Year-by-year treatment covers each season in fascinating depth, running through the teams - and their various cars - in order of importance.Works teams form the core of the book: BRM, Ferrari and Lotus participated throughout the decade, while Cooper, Porsche, Honda, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren and Matra were the other winning marques.
Privateer teams in all their colourful diversity are a special dimension of this book, topped by Rob Walker Racing, the finest privateer operation in Formula 1 history, and a winner in this decade with Stirling Moss and Jo Siffert.

Over 400 photos - in colour wherever possible - show every type of car raced by every team, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.The sweep of the decade covers rapid technical development, including monocoque chassis, ever-wider tyres and aerodynamic wings.
Detailed text includes car specifications and technical essentials.

Author:Peter Higham
Specs:300 pages, 29 x 24.5 x 2.4 cm / 11.4 x 9.7 x 0.94 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2016)
Book: Formula 1 - Car by Car 1960-69

Formula 1 - Car by Car 1960-69

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Car by Car 1970-79

This book is the second in a multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. This instalment covers the 1970s, when the sport gained big new sponsors and grew into a television spectacle, with battles between Ferrari and Cosworth-powered opposition a continuing theme.

Pages of the book Formula 1 - Car by Car 1970-79 (1)

As well as the big championship-winning teams - Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren and Tyrrell - this was a period when small teams and privateers continued to be involved in significant numbers and they are all included, down to the most obscure and unsuccessful.

Over 600 photos - in colour wherever possible - show every type of car raced by every team, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.

Pages of the book Formula 1 - Car by Car 1970-79 (2)

Author:Peter Higham
Specs:300 pages, 28.5 x 24.5 x 2.4 cm / 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.94 in, hardback
Illustrations:630 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2017)
Book: Formula 1 - Car by Car 1970-79

Formula 1 - Car by Car 1970-79

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Car by Car 1980-89

This book is the third in Evro's multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. This instalment examines the 1980s, when the sport moved into its spectacular turbo era, first with Renault, Ferrari and BMW-powered Brabham, then with sustained periods of success for McLaren with Porsche-made TAG engines and Williams with Honda power.
After the last win for the evergreen Ford Cosworth DFV in 1983, turbos prevailed until regulation change for 1989 brought back normally aspirated engines, now of 3.5 litres.

Besides Formula 1's high achievers, this book also covers the entire supporting cast, where much curiosity lies in discovering the travails of obscure and unsuccessful cars. This wide-ranging, colourful and authoritative book will be treasured by all Formula 1 fans

Author:Peter Higham
Specs:304 pages, 28 x 23.5 cm / 11 x 9.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:600 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2018)
Book: Formula 1 - Car by Car 1980-89

Formula 1 - Car by Car 1980-89

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Car by Car 1990-99

This instalment in Evro's decade-by-decade series covering all Formula 1 cars and teams is devoted to a period when some normality seemed to return after the ground-effect and turbo excesses of the 1980s, except for one terrible weekend in the spring of 1994. The tragic deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna led to immense change with new emphasis on safety, including measures to slow down the cars and improve their structural strength, and numerous changes to circuits.
In many ways Formula 1 became more as we recognise it today, especially as the decade's dominant teams, McLaren and Williams, remain familiar. Besides the winning cars, there is always much fascination for fans in unsuccessful and obscure efforts, such as Andrea Moda and Venturi, and this authoritative and comprehensively illustrated book covers them all.

Year-by-year treatment explores each season in fascinating depth, running through the teams - and their various cars - in order of importance. Over 550 colour photos from the incredible archives of Motorsport Images show every type of car that raced or attempted to qualify for a race, presenting a comprehensive survey.

Author:Peter Higham
Specs:304 pages, 28.5 x 24 x 1.9 cm / 11.2 x 9 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:550+ colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2021)
Book: Formula 1 - Car by Car 1990-99

Formula 1 - Car by Car 1990-99

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2012-2013

One of the hardest fought Formula 1 World Championships of recent years ended in Brazil, where Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull won the drivers' and constructors' world titles respectively for the third consecutive year. Ferrari, competitive until mid-season, had to be content with Fernando Alonso's second place in the end.
On the technical front, the 2012 world championship will be remembered for the large air intakes in the noses of many of the cars, their purpose to recover aerodynamic load; then there were the sophisticated F-Ducts created by Mercedes-Benz and the pull rod front suspension layout designed by Ferrari.

In this well-established publication, author, designer and television commentator Giorgio Piola analyses the various development phases of the different teams during the world championship. Brief but exhaustive texts illustrated with hundreds of technical designed in full colour are the main elements of this book, which concludes with a section on the cars that will be the protagonists of the 2013 season.

Author:Giorgio Piola
Specs:120 pages, 29.5 x 24 x 0.8 cm / 11.6 x 9 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:400+ drawings in colour
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2013)
Book: Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2012-2013

Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2012-2013

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Technical Analyisis 2013/2014

For the fourth consecutive year, Sebastian Vettel has won the Formula 1 World Championship for drivers. He did so with 13 victories out of the season's 19 races, from the Grand Prix of Belgium to the Brazilian GP. Only Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were able to get the better of the great German champion with their sporadic wins.
And Vettel's string of successes also enabled Red Bull to confirm once again it is still the top constructor. On the technical front, the 2013 world championship acquired a certain stability, even if there was no lack of new elements, like the abolition of the cars' nose step, the elimination of the double DRS and Ferrari's adoption of faired half-axels by.

All aspects are carefully explained by Giorgio Piola in his latest book in the "Technical Analysis" series, which is now a must-have for all enthusiasts. This edition also includes over 400 colour illustrations, which unveil all the secrets of the cars that battled for the 2013 world title; and then there is an early look ahead to the principal changes of 2014, when the cars go back to being powered by a turbocharged engines of 6-cylinders and 1600 cc instead of the classic normally aspirated V8.

Author:Giorgio Piola
Specs:127 pages, 27.5 x 24 x 1.3 cm / 10.8 x 9 x 0.51 in, paperback
Illustrations:400 photographs and drawings in colour
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2014)
Book: Formula 1 - Technical Analyisis 2013/2014

Formula 1 - Technical Analyisis 2013/2014

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2015-2016

As with previous years, 2015 was one in which Mercedes-Benz dominated both the drivers' and constructors- championships. The German manufacturer confirmed the technical advantage it had derived from the introduction of the revolutionary power unit, which first appeared in 2014.
In place of Red Bull, which fell into disgrace after a media conflict with engine supplier Renault, it was Ferrari that attempted to stand up to the Silver Arrows.

Side issues were the stories of a Williams wanting to come back and battle for the title; McLaren with a new but not very effective Honda engine, which touched the lowest point in the Japanese manufacturer's long history in F1; and the other leading teams of a season that ended with the official announcement of Renault's return, having acquired Lotus.

Offering a precise analysis of this latest F1 championship, especially from the technical point of view, there is once again Giorgio Piola.
A hundred or so all-colour illustrations document the development of the various cars throughout the Formula 1 World Championship, and offer - as always - a wealth of information anticipating the 2016 season.

Author:Giorgio Piola
Specs:144 pages, 27.5 x 24.5 x 1.1 cm / 10.8 x 9.7 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:100+ b&w and colour photographs, drawings
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2016)
Book: Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2015-2016

Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2015-2016

Language: English

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Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2016-2018

The last edition of an automotive literary classic: the technical analysis of Formula 1 penned by Giorgio Piola. After 25 years of publication, the historic draughtsman is bringing the curtain down on this experience with a volume that examines the last three seasons, from 2016 to 2018, as always reviewing the principal technical innovations in the spheres of chassis and engine design.
This three-year analysis is appropriately completed with a retrospective of some of Piola's most important drawings from a 50-year career that began back in 1969.

Author:Giorgio Piola
Specs:208 pages, 27 x 24.5 cm / 10.6 x 9.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:866 technische drawings in colour
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2017)
Book: Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2016-2018

Formula 1 - Technical Analysis 2016-2018

Language: English

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