Merc set to ignite 1.6 F1 engine?
SOUND OF F1: As F1 aims to be more green freindly by reducing engine sizes, many believe the sound of the sport will be changed for the worse in 2014.
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.
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."