Ever since it was confirmed that from 2014 Formula One will be using small turbocharged V6 engines in place of the current V8s, fans and even some officials have been expressing their concern regarding the way these engines sound. Now Mercedes AMG Petronas, the first team to complete the development work on their V6, answers this critical question.
This is a simulated lap of the Monza circuit in Italy with long straights and tight bends, which extracts every last nugget of sound from the engine. You ready? Let it rip:
The V6 Turbo sounds, well, it sounds like an F1 engine. Granted, it is not as aggressive a sound as the old V10s and current V8s – it doesn’t have the same intensity – but it’s not like the current F1 cars sound special. Truth be told, all Formula racing cars sound like an electric saw at full chat. So it doesn’t really make a difference. Let’s hope the new engines are more reliable and result in more exciting races.
Turbocharged V6 F1 engines have maximum rev limit of 15,000 rpm and a single turbocharger spinning at speeds of up to 125,000 rpm.