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Formula 1 looking to up the volume of V6 turbo engines

Formula 1 looking to up the volume of V6 turbo engines

Formula 1 is pushing ahead with efforts to make its new V6 turbo engines louder, in the wake of much criticism and disdain from certain quarters.

After decades of screaming, naturally-aspirated V12s, V10s and V8s, the markedly lower volume of this year’s energy-recovering turbo ‘power units’ was a shock.

“I did not find it exciting,” said former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, as he explained to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport why he watched only the first five laps of the recent Chinese Grand Prix on television.

“And I missed the noise,” the Colombian added. “At least on TV. I don’t know how the engines sound in reality, but I think it is definitely not close to the screams of the high-revving V10s from my time.”

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  1. GrootApril 30, 2014
    Turn up the volume of the TV or stop using ear plugs. If that does not help, remove the ear wax. Then it should be loud enough. If it still isn’t good for you, it’s because “the screams of the high-revving V10s from your time” irreversibly damaged your hearing. The only solution in this case is to see a doctor to have hearing aid fitted. 🙂
    • Nondi PloomApril 30, 2014
      Perfectly true. However, the F-1 powers that be apparently think louder cars will solve all of F-1s problems: lack of competitiveness at the fore.
  2. GoldStandardApril 30, 2014
    In my day…… everything was better…… blah blah blah. How quickly JPM has forgotten that in his day, F1 was considered a ‘processional motor sport’, and in fact the reasoning behind DRS was to limit this. From what I’ve seen (ie. every race with DRS) it has done its job, introducing another layer of driving strategy to the racing; far more than simply ‘pushing a button to overtake’……. JPM doesn’t seem to understand DRS at all, and he definitely didn’t watch the Louis – Nico battle…. … but there again…. he’s admitted that he doesn’t even watch the races…. so how can he comment? What Tosser!

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