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John Barnard revolutionised Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored John Barnard revolutionised Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored in detail — and in accessible language — with special emphasis on his brilliant initiatives while at McLaren (the first carbon-fibre composite chassis) and Ferrari (the first semi-automatic gearbox). The Perfect Car is also a human-interest story, telling a tale of innovation under intense pressure while Barnard endeavoured to maintain a stable family life. This is a landmark book that will be relished by anyone interested in motorsport and design.


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John Barnard revolutionised Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored John Barnard revolutionised Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored in detail — and in accessible language — with special emphasis on his brilliant initiatives while at McLaren (the first carbon-fibre composite chassis) and Ferrari (the first semi-automatic gearbox). The Perfect Car is also a human-interest story, telling a tale of innovation under intense pressure while Barnard endeavoured to maintain a stable family life. This is a landmark book that will be relished by anyone interested in motorsport and design.

30 review for The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Edward Newbound

    Such a fascinating look into one of the most forward thinking formula 1 car designers ever. John Barnard’s ability throughout his career to innovate and push the boundaries of engineering is credit to his brilliant mind. If you are into formula 1 and enjoy the engineering technical side of the sport then this is a must read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Billy Waters

    Well told story with a hyperbolic start that thankfully calmed down into a page-turner. Far too many typos for a book though. It needs reediting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Crocker

    I was so fortunate to work at Benetton F1 on their fledgling active suspension in 1990-91, so I worked for JB for most of that time. Since leaving F1 I have tried to not look back, because it was such a bittersweet decision to go pursue a normal life; this book definitely took me back to those test sessions and to life in the Godalming drawing office. JB is an incredibly gifted engineer, and delivered the whole package of exquisitely engineered and innovative cars, while building a team and estab I was so fortunate to work at Benetton F1 on their fledgling active suspension in 1990-91, so I worked for JB for most of that time. Since leaving F1 I have tried to not look back, because it was such a bittersweet decision to go pursue a normal life; this book definitely took me back to those test sessions and to life in the Godalming drawing office. JB is an incredibly gifted engineer, and delivered the whole package of exquisitely engineered and innovative cars, while building a team and establishing a factory. The book really makes it clear what an incredible burden he was carrying. I starkly remember him stopping by my drawing board to quiz me on parts I was drawing; he was patient as I was clearly out of my depth and struggling for air. So thank you for an amazing, authentic and faithful account that really captures the enigmatic character and brilliance. I will think about this book for a long time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    david abram

    This is a very well written and researched book.Although I have been involved with motorsport all my adult life,I still learned much about the background of f1 car designing.Despite the technicalities,there is a lot of personal stuff to ensure this is not a dull read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simon Bainbridge

    Much better than Adrian Newey’s book. Covers the technical, political and personal aspects of his life in great detail worts and all. Took a long time to get through but glad I persevered.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clive Rutland

    What a behind the scenes revelation of a genius. Every F1 fan should read this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yahor

    If a 6 star rating existed, this would’ve been a 7 star review. Definitely buying one for a paperback collection...

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