Mercedes simulate F1 engine noise at Monza in 2014

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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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122 comments on Mercedes simulate F1 engine noise at Monza in 2014

  1. xivizmath (@xivizmath) said on 2nd August 2013, 14:38

    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?

  2. Michael Brown (@) said on 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?

    • Roald (@roald) said on 2nd August 2013, 15:11

      @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.

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

  4. F1FerrariFan1 (@f1ferrarifan1) said on 2nd August 2013, 16:26

    Seemed like they were saving the tires that lap…

  5. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 2nd August 2013, 16:38

    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.

  6. nezuri said on 2nd August 2013, 16:43

    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.

  7. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 2nd August 2013, 16:44

    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.

  8. David not Coulthard (@) said on 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).

  9. scunnyman (@scunnyman) said on 2nd August 2013, 17:38

    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?

  10. astranger said on 2nd August 2013, 17:59

    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.

  11. stert said on 2nd August 2013, 20:24

    Even with dts on it still sounds like an angry wasp.

  12. Mariano (@mariano) said on 2nd August 2013, 20:38

    There must be some mistake in the video. That’s the sound of Hubert Booth’s vacuum cleaner patented on August 30, 1901.

  13. racerdude7730 (@racerdude7730) said on 2nd August 2013, 20:46

    If anybody is interested this article goes into great detail on the sound and what the engineers think the real sounds will be. They say that this sound is an example but in the real world it will sound different then this. Also they will maybe comfort some of you because they say that because of the layout they will on track sound the same as the V8’s just with a lower tone. Its interesting to read guys

  14. JPW (@gpwa3) said on 3rd August 2013, 1:55

    1981 Ligier, Matra V12:

    That’s more like it

  15. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 3rd August 2013, 3:42

    1 minute 34 seconds lap around Monza… hmmm !

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