In 1974, an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.
This title shows readers how to build cars they can really power and race, such as a balloon car, a solar car, and many more. Easy-to-follow instructions, handy templates, dynamic photographs, and easily accessible materials make these projects challenging, fun, and highly rewarding!
Perhaps no two people in history exemplify the spirit of invention better than brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Born in the Midwest in the late 1800s, Orville was exceptionally good at creating mechanical devices, and Wilbur had a genius for ideas. The turn of the 20th century came during an age of invention and technological development. Inspired by a fierce worldwide competition to be the first to invent a machine that could fly and be controlled by a pilot, the Wright brothers tested and refined several prototypes. At last, on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they achieved their pioneering flight. The brothers went on to develop machines and controls that made possible powered, fixed-wing flights and laid the foundation for pilot-controlled aviation as we know it today. They also founded the Wright Company, which built airplanes for the rising new industry of commercial aviation. Had Wilbur not died at the early age of 45, who knows what else the innovative pair might have accomplished.
Corvette is often called the Great American Sports Car. This dynamic new title gives an in-depth look at the history behind this great automobilefrom its inception in 1953 to the present. The book includes information about racing, restoration, and technological innovations. Detailed photographs, extensive details, and specs give readers an insiders look at the evolution of one of the worlds most iconic cars.
Learn about the Camaro, General-Motors muscle car with four distinct generations of design before 2002. Find out how this classic vehicle has been continually re-invented since its original heydey in the 1960s and '70s. Discover what makes this "pony car" unique with this in-depth look at the history, the legendary models, and the stats.
This engaging new title tells the story of Lamborghini from the humble background of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini to the brands modern reputation as one of the most stylish supercars. This title includes information about racing history, prototypes, and technical specifications. Stunning full-color photographs capture the essence of this coveted supercar.
Italian-born Ettore Bugatti, well known for the beauty of his designs, brought grandeur to the world of automobiles. In 1909 he founded the company that would make the high-performance car that would bear his name. But the car line floundered and the company found itself manufacturing airplane parts in the 1960s. This beautiful book describes the legendary car, model stats, and how the Buggati line has made a comeback in the last decade having been revived by Volkswagen with new models EB 218, Chiron, and Veyron.
Ferrari has a celebrated history of producing exceptional automobiles both on the road and on the racetrack. This exciting new title looks at the long history of the Ferrari brand and its creation of championship-winning racecars and luxurious road models. Stunning photographs and thoroughly researched text combine to give readers an in-depth look at different models, engineering, and performance of Ferrari.
Jaguar is one of the most highly revered makers of high-performance and sports cars. The year 2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name. This exciting title traces the history behind the automobile with a look at its most celebrated modelsincluding the first Jaguar model, the SS 100, the sleek and stunning E-Type series, and the new XJ model. From the road to the racetrack, Jaguar continues to set the pace for excellence.
This exciting title explores the groundbreaking modes of transportation that have helped define the modern age. From Henry Ford's Model T car to the bullet trains of Japan, students will travel along and learn about the monumental successes and failures that have driven our world ahead.
Touring, Trekking, and Traveling Green explores the many careers open to people in the fast-growing field of ecotourism. From being an ecotour leader or naturalist to managing a wildlife eco-lodge, working as a travel agent certified in ecotourism, or teaching on-the-ground tour guides and college students interested in making a living helping others enjoy nature, the opportunities for people seeking work in ecotourism are manyand growing fast. Other jobs associated with ecotourism include working in public relations or marketing ecotourism destinations, writing guidebooks, and helping visitors understand and appreciate nature as an interpreter for agencies such as the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada. Also of note: the challenges and responsibilities that jobs in ecotourism present to people who wish to make use of the environment for fun and profit without harming the ecological health of our planet.
Green Ways of Getting Around moves readers toward careers in "green" transportation, including travel by air, sea, and land, and even in more extreme environments, such as outer space and under water. This book explores mass transit and automotive transportation, highlighting fuel-powered vehicles, such as buses, planes, and boats, which carry with them their own pros and cons as being fuel-efficient and ecologically sound. Also included: using pedal power, pedestrian-friendly venues, concepts that promote walkability and sustainable mass transit, and powering transportation with alternative energy sources.
Since its beginning in the early 1960s, Mustang has become an American automotive icon. This vibrant new book provides a comprehensive history behind the making of the revered pony car. The book looks at Mustangs role during the muscle-car era and its development since that time. Full-color photographs and detailed text present the evolution of the automobile's engineering and design.
With its striking looks, superb engineering, and unparalleled performance, Porsche is one of the worlds most revered automobiles. This dynamic title tells the story behind this legendary German car including the work of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and his son in 1948 and the 48 models that have followed. Stunning photographs and engaging text present readers with a portrait of one of the worlds most magnificent automobiles.
In 1959, British author named Ian Fleming published Goldfinger, the fifth book in the series following the adventures of British superspy James Bond. At one point, Bond drives a secret service-issued Aston Martin DB Mark III. The Aston Martin became Bonds car. Find out how Aston Martin has brought lavish automobiles to the mega-rich since 1913. This exciting book explores the company's history and features stats on legendary models.
Maserati has long had a reputation for excellence under the hood. The car's history of dominating on the racetrack speaks for itself. Developed by five brothers at the beginning of the 20th century, Maserati set a high standard of luxury and performance in the world of sports cars. This exciting book explores such legendary models as the Gran Turismo, 250F, and Birdcage, and how the brand has survived a world war, an oil crisis, and many financial and professional setbacks.