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FIA developing a F1 engine 'sound generator'

  • Published on 24 May 2016 14:02
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1's governing body is backing development of a "sound generator" to spice up the muted tones of the current generation of power units. After the turbo V6s fitted with energy recovery systems replaced the screaming V8s of old, the sport reacted for 2016 by mandating extra tailpipes for the wastegate.

Bernie Ecclestone said in Barcelona that he thought the sound was indeed "better than before". But the FIA is still working together with teams to improve the sound even more, with the federation's engine chief Fabrice Lom confirming that it is in effect a "sound generator". "The results so far have been very good," he said.

He admitted that the sound it will make is "not 100 per cent natural but not artificial" either, as it substantially improves the "intensity and quality" of the tone. "We use the exhaust gases, even though this is limited because of the recovered energy," Lom added. (GMM)

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  • Hepp

    Posts: 200

    A gimmick. An expense that no team needs, nor do the fans want. May as well put speakers around the track to replay the sounds of yore. Daft indeed.

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    • May 24 2016 - 14:11
  • Ecclestone did actually sound pretty pleased with the engine sound, so thats nice I guess. Im neutral about this thing, Im not sure if we need it now. Engine sounds improved quite dramatically between 2015 and 2016, and I doubt they'll be quieter next year.

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    • May 24 2016 - 14:42
  • Vet5

    Posts: 225

    Nobody cares about the engine noise now, sure we all miss the screaming V8's, but I'd rather see close racing action at the front of the pack than hear cars screaming past.

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    • May 24 2016 - 15:11
  • Hmmm, I thought we already had two sound generators in F1 already, Lauda and Wolff?

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    • May 24 2016 - 16:40
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    More artificial crap...

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    • May 24 2016 - 18:51

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