More ‘noise’ about F1 sound

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It seems the quest for the improvement of the sound of a Formula 1 car is continuing with an acoustic consultancy working in hand with Ferrari to achieve what was lost—namely the sound of F1.

While the FIA, pundits and teams have all tried to marginalize the impact the new 2014 regulations have had on the sound of the cars by insidiously using the word “noise” to connote a negative impression of past F1 car sound levels, it still remains a major issue in F1. Even AUTOSPORT has reduced itself to using the word “noise”. Sad days indeed.

At least Kimi Raikkonen knows it is and uses the appropriate word “sound” when describing it telling AUTOSPORT:

“When you ask people who came before what the first thing is they notice, they say the sound was amazing, and if they go to a corner to see it, it looks very fast,” he said.

“Now, when they come, it doesn’t look as fast because there’s no sound anymore.

“I’m sure it’s not so nice for them and so exciting and different, so I’m sure there are a lot of areas that can be made much better for people, and more interesting.”

In order to achieve a better sound, the acoustic consultant and Ferrari have devised a new system and according to AUTOSPORT, it will hopefully be tested at the British Grand Prix. The system will require a change to the regulations because it uses a dual exhaust configuration that is currently against the regulations.

The dual exhaust will also use the megaphone or trumpet feature that failed to impress when attempted by Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix. The dual exhaust would be located between the turbocharger and wastegate.

Adding a second exhaust may have an impact but in the end, nothing can replace revs and unlimited energy production in order to achieve those revs. It’s not rocket science but it may take rocket science to achieve a sound anywhere near the former V8 levels if you run a V6 turbo at 11,000 rpm and expect it to sound magnificent.

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