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In the FIA works: F1 engine 'sound generator'

2016-05-24 14:14

BETTER SOUND IN THE WORKS: The FIA is working on a 'sound generator' that will improve the sound of F1 cars. Image: AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Formula 1's governing body is backing development of a "sound generator" to spice up the muted tones of the current generation of power units.

After the turbo V6s fitted with energy recovery systems replaced the screaming V8s of old, the sport reacted for 2016 by mandating extra tailpipes for the wastegate.

Improving sound quality

Bernie Ecclestone said in Barcelona that he thought the sound was indeed "better than before".

But the FIA is still working together with teams to improve the sound even more, with the federation's engine chief, Fabrice Lom, confirming that it is in effect a "sound generator".

Lom said: "The results so far have been very good."

He admitted that the sound it will make is "not 100% natural but not artificial" either, as it substantially improves the "intensity and quality" of the tone.

"We use the exhaust gases, even though this is limited because of the recovered energy," Lom added.


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