I saw this pop up somewhere too. It sounds good, a lot better than the Mercedes and Renault notes we have heard previously (though I think the Renault and Mercedes notes we heard were running at a lot lower RPM than that Honda seems to be).
It should sound different (and hopefully less vacuum-like) once it’s installed in an actual car with a race exhaust. From what we’ve heard so far, though, I’m cautiously optimistic – I like the guttural lower pitch. Here’s hoping the end result is something along the lines of the 1980s turbo engines.
@matt90 – From some web searches on the design of engine test stands, it seems that they only fit a very rudimentary exhaust setup, often nothing more than a series of gas lines, to the engine while it’s on the rig. Assuming that’s the case with this recording, a tuned, race-spec exhaust should sound better.
@loup-garou Don’t be dumb, they all have a rev-limit of 15.000rpm that these engines probably won’t even reach in race-trim. So how can the revs be “too high”?
I have no idea how anyone can say it sounds like a vacuum cleaner, that’s total nonsense. The sound of the V8 is pretty crap, the only reason it is popular is because it’s LOUD. But no one can honestly say it’s a beautiful sounding engine. The V10 almost had a melody to it, but the V8… come on. I think the V6′s will sound a lot better, more powerful. The Honda sounds best so far, but all the clips we’ve got so far have been recorded in small rooms with a dyno in it. Can’t wait to hear them on track.