It’s tough to appreciate the true beauty of a race car’s design, unless it’s standing still. We also focus so much on the “form follows function” mindset that we fail to see the artfulness of track-only vehicles, especially when they are adorned with every product logo known to mankind. A pictorial homage to the F1 car, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car ($30) captures 18 classic and modern F1 cars in studios all over the UK, showing us that the mechanics that result in blistering speed and unparalleled handling (over the span of 60 years of racing) can take your breath away when at a standstill. The photography by James Mann is simply gorgeous, and the commentary by famed F1 car designer Gordon Murray adds a unique perspective to this must-have coffee table book for any avid motorsport fan. But be warned. There are racy images.

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