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Merc set to ignite 1.6 F1 engine?

2011-12-30 09:59

Mercedes is sure Formula 1 will still sound good when regulations change significantly in 2014 to reduce engine size.

The German team, whose F1 engines are designed and built in the UK, is believed to be ready to fire up its first 1.6-litre turbocharged V6.

'GREAT SOUND'

Since the sound of F1 changed when the sport moved from non-turbo V10 to its current V8 engines in 2006 there have been fears that their exhausts could sound too tame when they are powered by turbo V6's in 2014.

Thomas Fuhr, managing director of Mercedes' High Performance Engines division, doesn't think so. "With the limit of 15 000rpm, the engines will have a great sound. With the six pipes going into the turbocharger I think the sound will be very nice."

GMM

Comments
  • Sampie - 2012-02-22 16:21

    Even the 1.5 four pot turbo engine developed from a stock secondhand block by BMW during the previous turbo era sounded awesome, let alone the V6's of the era. It still causes goosebums when i look at videos and turn up the sound. To me it was actually better sounding than the screaming V10's and V8's as it produced a more growling sound, shouting out horsepower. I can't wait for that era to start. That little BMW still hold the unoficial record for the most power ever from a F1 engine.

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