How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey

Finished “How To Build A Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer” by Adrian Newey.

The book is a whirlwind tour of an F1 designer’s career + how competitive the sport is, both for the constructors and the drivers. Ultimately, though the years blur into each other and it drags.

The problem is of balance; Newey spends too much time on the actual design and challenges compared to his experience as a senior member of an F1 team. Without curtailing descriptions of his design work, I’d have liked a book-length description of his years either just at Williams or McLaren or Red Bull (the last where he seemed/s happiest), than a tour of his entire career.

Nevertheless, a good one-time read.

Complement the book with this Aug 2018 WIRED longform article on the changes at F1 since the sale of the franchise to Liberty Media.

Cars as private spaces

In Japan, a survey of people who rented cars revealed that

one out of every eight users rented automobiles for purposes other than transportation.

An overwhelmingly large number of respondents said they slept or rested in vehicles, followed by customers who said they used cars as spots to talk with friends, family and business clients on the phone.

People also rented vehicles to watch TV in, get dressed up for Halloween, practice singing, rapping and English conversation, and even do facial stretches said to reduce the size of their face, NTT found.

A car may be one of the last truly private spaces left.