Mechanical Engineering Design

Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design – Richard G. Budynas and Keith J. Nisbett

¬ This standard handbook for machine design is broadly cited for good reason.  — It is a valuable asset for both the aspiring mechanical engineering student and professional alike.


Vehicle Chassis Engineering

Race Car Vehicle Dynamics – William F. Milliken & Douglas L. Milliken

¬ The book is packed with illustrations, case studies and analysis spanning decades of development. — The authors strike a good balance between hard theoretical analysis and the softer, easy reading practical notes on vehicle set-up.  — A comprehensive resource of race car vehicle dynamics.


Race & Rally Car Source Book by Allan Staniforth

¬ First published in 1983, this renowned practical book still remains essential reading for anyone designing and building competition cars of all types, from rally and hillclimb cars through to Formula 750 and, now historic Formula 1.


Haynes Red Bull Racing F1 Car Manual Steve Rendle

¬ A rare insight into the design, technology and engineering of a modern F1 car as well as the inner workings of Red Bull Racing.  — Each section has plenty of colour photographs and diagrams showing the car from many angles with basic description of the technology behind each part.


Powertrain Engineering

Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals – by John Heywood

¬ This text presents a fundamental and factual development of the engineering that underpins the design of combustion engines and turbines. Essential reading for professional engine designers.


Advanced Engine Technology – Heinz Heisler

¬ A particularly technical book that reads surprisingly easily. — Features lots of detailed and clear illustrations. — It is an invaluable resource for anyone studying internal combustion engines.



Four-stroke Performance Tuning –  A. Graham Bell

¬ Within grassroots motorsport, this book is considered one of the best references available to the enthusiast engine builder. — It is written and illustrated in a way that is highly accessible to the amateur, yet outlines principles that will prove valuable to professionals in high-end motorsport.


Forced Induction Performance Tuning –  A. Graham Bell

¬ Aimed at the enthusiast engine tuner and race engine builder, this book is highly recommended for anybody playing with any form of forced induction.  — From theory through to building a robust engine, all the key aspects of supercharging and turbocharging are explained very well.


Two-stroke Performance Tuning –  A. Graham Bell

¬ This book guides the reader through the various modifications that can be made to vastly improve usable power output and mechanical reliability from a two-stroke. — Good info on engine operation, carburation, ignition, cylinders, porting, reed and rotary valves, exhaust systems, cooling, lubrication, dyno tuning and gearing.


The Jet Engine – Rolls-Royce

A complete, accessible description of the working and underlying principles of the gas turbine.  Full colour diagrams, cutaways and photographs throughout. Written by RR specialists in all the respective fields.


Rolls-Royce Merlin – Owner’s Workshop Manual – Ian Craighead

This is a story of the iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine. It was one of the most successful aircraft engines of the Second World War period and is broadly known as the great grandfather of modern high performance piston engines.


Engineering Fundamentals

Mechanics of Materials – James M. Gere, Stephen P. Timoshenko

Full of clear textbook examples, the material is really well presented and easy to read. A truly useful book on structural design.



Engineering Mathematics – K. A. Stroud

The book covers the IEng syllabus, first and second year engineering degree courses. The Online Personal Tutor guides students through exercises in the same step-by-step fashion as the book, with hundreds of full workings to questions.


Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists – by T.D. Eastop (Author), A. McConkey (Contributor)

Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists is a complete introduction to thermodynamics principles. It is aimed at degree level students on classical engineering science courses. Emphasis is placed on the application of theory to real processes.


Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design Michael F. Ashby (Author), Hugh Shercliff (Author), David Cebon (Author)

A complete engineering text and resource for students looking for a fundamental understanding of materials properties and selection for engineering applications.



Engineering Drawing

Manual of Engineering Drawing – by Colin H. Simmons (Author)

This is a well established guide for practicing engineers who need to produce engineering drawings and annotated 3D models that comply with the latest BSI and ISO standards of technical product specifications and documentation.


The Geometrical Tolerancing Desk Reference – by Paul Green (Author)

Written for Mechanical Design Engineers, Draftsmen, Workshop & Inspection Staff, Technicians, Students and anyone involved in the Engineering Product supply chain who needs to understand manufacturing drawings to ISO1101:2004 (BS8888), international G,D & T standards.


Engineering Drawing for Manufacture – Brian Griffiths

¬ This book provides a good grounding in engineering drawing, specifically for manufacture.

Essential Engineering Reference

Machinery’s Handbook – Industrial Press

¬ A classical reference book on machine design and workshop practice for mechanical engineers, draftsmen, toolmakers and machinists. For many, this is the de facto engineering reference book.


Zeus Data Book – Zeus Precision Charts

¬ Pocket sized reference booklet of data charts for drawing office and workshop.  Although a little dated now, this iconic booklet is still a valuable quick reference.


Automotive Handbook – Bosch

Further Engineering Reference

Engineers Data Book – IMechE



Illustrated Sourcebook Of Mechanical Components – Robert O. Parmley



Smithells Metals Reference Book

Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain

Mechanisms And Mechanical Devices Sourcebook – Neil Sclater




Rules of Thumb for Mechanical Engineers – J. Edward Pope




Product Development

Product Design and Development

New Product Development