I've recently joined a group of hobbyists making the step from superkart racing to full size hydrogen racing cars. For this car, they've decided to order a tubular chassis from an experienced racing company. It will be my task to place all components on this chassis, finding a balance between the criteria given to me by my collegues (power cable lengths, cooling pipes, ducts,accessability,...) and the handling of the car (CG location, inertia, driver location...). My knowledge on this subject is at however at this time fairly limited. I'm currently studying Milliken's Race Car Vehicle Dynamics, read some books on chassis design by Costin, Phipps, Terry, Baker and have access to a copy of Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speedc by Joseph Katz, while also upping my skills in CAD design with Solidworks.
Due to lack of funds (currently unemployed), I can't just buy any book that might be usefull to me. I have a list of three books that caught my eye:
Engineer to Win (Carroll Smith) http://www.amazon.com/Engineer-Motorbooks-Workshop...
Chassis Design: Principle and Analysis (Milliken) http://books.sae.org/book-r-206
Race Car Engineering & Mechanics (Van Valkenburgh) http://www.amazon.com/Race-Engineering-Mechanics-P...
I'm hoping someone here could tell me if any of these books would be particulary helpful to fullfilling my task, and if perhaps someone knows of any other books (or software) that are worth a read?