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Mercedes simulate F1 engine noise at Monza in 2014

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes have released the latest simulation of what Formula One cars will sound like after new engine regulations come into force next year.

Teams will switch from the current normally aspirated, 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre trubocharged V6 engines. Uprated Energy Recovery Systems will replace the current KERS.

The new power units are expected to have comparable power outputs to the current engines, but use significantly less fuel.

Mercedes say the video provides “the most accurate impression so far of how the new Power Units will sound in 2014, with a maximum rev limit of 15,000 rpm and a single turbocharger spinning at speeds of up to 125,000 rpm”. It shows a video lap of Monza on the team’s simulator synchronised to an audio recording of one of its development V6s.

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  1. Awful, truly awful. :(

  2. Sounds like a leaf blower, horrible.

    1. Did you even watch the video?

      1. lol, I’m worried where he buys his leaf blowers from.

      2. I did and it sounded shocking, pathetic really. Obviously a simulation so could be much better but at the moment it’s a joke.

    2. That’s because it blows, mate :)).

  3. I don’t like it. I want my 20k rpm back. I almost fell asleep listening to this pathetic 15k street car sound. Sorry.

  4. Awful.
    As was the v8 compared to the v10.
    But half a loaf is better than no bread I guess?

    Starting from 2014 each spectator will be given ear trumpets.
    And one day they will race on bikes – the ultimate eco-friendly monoplace vehicle – for some tremendous 5 laps in 2 hours while playing old v12 sounds through speakers all around the circuit.
    Oh I can’t wait any longer …

  5. Michael Brown (@)
    2nd August 2013, 12:08

    I thought it sounded pretty badass.

  6. I only hope that because it’s a simulation it’s less than accurate. It sounds a bit digitally. I’ve higher hopes for the real turbos.

  7. Sounds rubbish.

  8. I really don’t understand those people who keeps saying that they like the new engine sound. It might be only me, but I prefer the kind of sound that makes your heart thump when an F1 car races by. This sounded so much more… lower, refined and pretty. With the new engine, when you are physically on the track, the noise levels will be nothing compared to this year’s cars. The sounds are an integral part of F1. Please don’t take it away from us.

    1. Pitch of the engine and the rpm have nothing to do with how loud the engine is. In years gone by, when you had the screaming V12s in the Aston Martin GT cars, they’d wail on by with a lovely tone, but would be absolutely drowned out by the 5,000rpm thunder of the Corvette’s. Those cars would shake the grandstands and make your teeth rattle.

      There’s nothing in this video that gives you any idea whatsoever of how loud the cars will be when you’re standing trackside. Even in terms of how it’s going to sound on the TV, it’s just an approximation because of the operating environment and the limitations that creates.

  9. Renault and Merc engines sound god-awful.
    Ferrari is the truly last hope for a proper engine with character.

    1. @ausuma As tight as the engine regulations are, it’ll sound exactly the same.

  10. Based on this they could sound like a swarm of angry bees, but I’ll wait until I’ve heard one from outside the car.

    The lap’s about 1min 23 though, so it’s quick.

    And I see it’s not using Michelins…

  11. Sorry, but no. The sound is just not good enough. I cannot honestly say that this sounds good or anywhere close to what a proper Formula One car should sound like. Not with the sound of V12’s or V10’s in the back of my mind.

    Quo vadis, F1?

    1. Define ‘proper F1 car’?

      In my opinion, a ‘proper F1 car’ is one built to the rules outlined in the regulations. This is the sound (or an approximation of it) that a car built to the rules will make, hence it is the sound of a ‘proper F1 car’.

      1. We’re dangerously close to “my opinion vs your opinion” here, but oh well.

        I expect the 2014 Mercedes to be an F1 car, but from what I hear in this video, the sound makes it an “unproper” F1 car for me.

        1. Uhhh, *improper.

          Not being a native hurts.

  12. Michael Brown (@)
    2nd August 2013, 15:04

    While I think the engine will sound good (after all, the engine was performing on a dyno) it will still be 2-3 seconds slower than the cars of today (according to Charlie). Why? Why do teams spend enormous amounts of money trying to get their cars to go faster, but each year they get slower and slower anyway?

    1. @lite992 Next year’s aerodynamics will make the cars slower, not the engine itself. The torque will increase by a LOT. It’s the lowered noses, narrower front wing, shallower rear wing, lack of beam wing and increased overall car weight that will slow them down. Who cares? We might see cars coming out of corners with more power than downforce again, I could care less about laptimes if it makes for exciting racing.

  13. I’m glad I kept my F1 ’98 game for PSOne, I always knew it would come back into style.

  14. Seemed like they were saving the tires that lap…

    1. hahahaha! absolutely right :)

  15. Anyone that would dismiss a significantly more powerful powertrain on the basis that they don’t think it sounds as nice as a much less powerful powertrain has no business calling themselves a motorsports fan, frankly.

    1. you know, electric cars can be much more powerful than fuel powered cars… so let’s switch to formulec!

  16. Near my house is racing ground for models, so I record this sound, on my phone I have ring sound of V8 and when I listen all, new 6 engine is closer to model than to v8, not to mention v10 or old Ferrari b12. If you remember old turbo 4 has stronger sound.

  17. Certainly sound is one sensory stimulant in the overall Formula 1 experience. F1 has survived various iterations of 4s, 6s, 8s, 10s, 12s and such over the years and fans still clamor for the turnstyles and sofas to take in the spectacle that is the pinnacle of motorsports racing. So far all we have for a tease of the possible 2014 motor sounds are essentially simulated. We have yet to actually here the new motors scream in anger under actual track and racing conditions. It is seriously doubtful those who are complaining loudly about the as yet unheard actual new F1 motor sounds will really stop watching F1 or even tune in with the sound turned off. Frankly, I’m more interested in torque whilst accelerating out of corners and what that may do for the racing and overtaking.

    1. *here* = hear

  18. David not Coulthard (@)
    2nd August 2013, 17:26

    The sound reminds me of an old F1 car, so it’s rather good (though that statement may have had something to do with the fact that there was an era where the engines were a litre & a half big in terms of capacity).

  19. maybe Keith or someone could find some videos of different F1 engine sounds over the years to show how they are different. Maybe we can have a poll to see which we like best?

  20. In the 21st century car manufacturers release PR stuff with the sound of their engines and people are crying about the sound of them. Nice, really nice. Something interesting would be if these engines could barely be heard and eat only 50 liters of fuel per race.

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