Where is a resource I can read/watch that would teach me everything about vehicles?

I’m trying to pump out a prototype just to learn some things about vehicle programming. I’m trying to replicate the mongoose from halo 3 in whatever close fashion I can. Is there any resources I can read to help me out as far as the actual tuning and vehicle programming to give me the feel of the mongoose?

I’m an experienced C++ programmer so I’m mainly looking for the conceptual stuff.

For example I have no idea what:

Does to the car.

I’m pretty sure I’m looking for offroad handling moreso than arcade!