Auto and lifestyle editor Basem Wasef has always had a fascination with all things automotive. He sang Happy Birthday to his extensive collection of Matchbox cars when he was a young lad in London. His reverence and reverie has continued into his adulthood and his new book Speed Read: Supercars is guide to every aspect of these imagination-capturing, eye-widening, land-bound speed missiles.
When Lamborghini unleashed its Miura on an unsuspecting world in 1966, it set off a high-performance arms race that continues to this day. Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Porsche, and Lotus all accepted the challenge. Over the following five decades, numerous others stepped up, including stalwarts like Aston Martin, BMW, and Audi, as well as small-volume specialists such as Koenigsegg, Pagani, Noble, and Spyker. The result is a veritable smorgasbord of blazingly fast and delicious-looking land missiles available to anyone with several hundred thousand dollars to spare.
Supercars are complex subjects that interest nearly all car enthusiasts. Every part of a supercar represents myriad decisions informed by engineering, aesthetics, human interface, and emotion. Speed Read: Supercars answers the how’s and whys of these fantastic cars, offering an engaging review of the history, engineering, design, key concepts, and key people that make these cars super. SPEED READ: SUPERCAR.
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