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Aston Martin Engine Development: 1984-2000 - Arthur Wilson

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A must have for all Aston Martin Owners Review by Michael Carnell, Just British Online Motoring Magazine
Aston Martin Engine Development will be a must-have for all Aston Martin owners. Reading this book is roughly akin to being told a story by a new friend while poking around in the garage. You know what happens, you are looking at cars and maybe diagnosing a fault as you talk about dogs or the weather or how you came to acquire this car, when all of a sudden the visitor will say, “you know what …”, and launch off into a full discussion on the best way to tune an SU carburetor. Or the exact displacement of the car’s engine and why it isn’t a bit large. Or the accountants were chuffed at the engineers for using 12 bolts on the head instead of just 10.

Aston Martin Engine Development by Arthur WilsonAston Martin Engine Development thoroughly details the design and development of Aston Martin engines including the 580X Vantage, the Virage, and the V8 Coupe. In particular, it focusses on the twin supercharged 32 valve Vantage engine – an engine which set new standards, being the most powerful production car engine in the world at the time of its release in 1992.

More than just a technical treatise, Wilson relates the reasons for important decisions about these machines – both the mechanical and the personal reason. Consider this a shop manual, a history text, and an autobiography combined into one. (Posted on 02/02/2016)
A rare insider glimpse of one of Britain’s greatest vehicle manufacturers Review by Car Mechanics Magazine – January 2016
Most books about the Aston Martin focus almost exclusively on the design of the body, often relegating everything under the bonnet to an afterthought. Arthur G Wilson corrects that imbalance with this book which is partly a memoir of his career at the venerable British car-maker from 1959, focusing particularly on his years as Head of Engines from 1984 to 2000, and also a detailed examination of the development of the engines for the 580X Vantage, Virage and V8 Coupe. With a wealth of photographs detailing life at the Newport Pagnell workshop, alongside illustrations explaining the specific design principles involved in AM engine development, it’s a rare insider glimpse of one of Britain’s greatest vehicle manufacturers. (Posted on 04/01/2016)

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