SEN­SI­BLE STUFF — BUT THE STIG NEEDS A FEM­I­NINE TOUCH, TOO

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I al­ready min­imise the air­con but am now work­ing on the best way to at­tack hills and des­cents to im­prove my fuel econ­omy.

I like the idea of learn­ing some more ad­vanced tech­niques, such as hit­ting the apex in cor­ners, but for that you need more than a book. As for over­steer and un­der­steer, they are fan­tas­tic for race driv­ers but not for me.

I like the break­out bits on the sides of the main ma­te­rial, be­cause that’s what Gen-Y read­ers will ex­pect with their multi-task­ing brains. The pic­tures are also en­ter­tain­ing and you get the im­pres­sion that Ben is a suc­cess­ful rac­ing driver and not just The Stig.

At first I didn’t think it was ac­tu­ally his writ­ing, but then I checked­his first book and that’s def­i­nitely his “voice” com­ing through in the text.

For me, it’s a very mas­cu­line book, with pic­tures that are male fo­cused and il­lus­tra­tions that al­ways show a guy and not a girl, but there might be a chance to fem­i­nise another edi­tion. The colour­ing is very pa­leo diet, with trendy blackand-white pic­tures and orange high­lights, but that could be changed to make it more invit­ing. I also think the Bri­tish mea­sure­ments, for ex­am­ple, feet and miles, should be changed for Aus­tralia.

I have an 18year-old male friend who would love this book and prob­a­bly get a fair bit out of it.

But young girls won’t be nearly as in­ter­ested so there is still an open­ing for some­one to do a sim­i­lar book from the fem­i­nine side.

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