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"Is this a serious question, or sarcasm from a non F1 fan?"NeitherIf you are an f1 fan you should be more worried about a certain driver`s attitude to getting on the podium rather than the sounds the new engines make
291.yfo8663 Hours agoIt is a scientific fact that by adding a turbo to the exhaust quietens it down.BUT, I don't recall the turbo cars of the 80s being quiet.What did/didn't they do that the current cars are/aren't? BMW Megatron 1.5l 4 cylinder turbo engine of that era was producing over 1400hp in qualifying trim at well over 20k rpm a real screamer compared to the current 15k 800 odd hp
#293You used the word "purely" when referencing darts, but not F1. That's the point. It's not "purely" all about the sound, just a large part of it. Ridiculous statement.
#288"and the definition of spectacle is?"Is this a serious question, or sarcasm from a non F1 fan? If you're being picky, maybe "experience" is a better word. I'm sure we'll all "get used to it", but it's only when the "old" engines turn up at historical events such as Goodwood, that everyone will be saying "yup, that's what we're missing."
People watching F1 for the noise is like people watching the Darts purely for the noise when it hits the board! What a stupid world we live in.
I was at Albert Park for the race, in the Webber stand at the start of the start/finish, straight so in a place to hear the engines under full acceleration. I have to agree, the noise was a real disapointment. The noise reminded me of old F3 races.
It is a scientific fact that by adding a turbo to the exhaust quietens it down.BUT, I don't recall the turbo cars of the 80s being quiet.What did/didn't they do that the current cars are/aren't?
Well all I can say is, I've NEVER been able to hear gearbox whine while watching onboard camera footage before.That's just what I heard during one of the onboard shots from Australia last weekend!They sound almost as flat and boring as the old Fiesta Challenge cars supporting the BTCC in the 1990s did
the engines are so quiet you could not hear them above the commentary never mind the tyre noise.over torqueing the engines does not help either it creates to much short shifting = even less revs not worth the sky subscription any more
#284"We all have to admit that the noise was a HUGE part of the spectacle."and the definition of spectacle is? :)
One thing for sure, looking at the 2013/2014 comparison videos of the cars on the same stretches of tracks AND looking at spectators, the sale of ear defenders is going to suffer.
With problems in the UK of NIMBY"S moving next to motor racing circuits then taking them to court because they don't like the noise from the racing and getting tracks limited to what they do and driving them out of business maybe quiter engines isn't that bad. At least in years to come we may still have somewhere to go and watch the sport we like.
Approx 50,000,000 viewers watched the F1 race at Melbourne and the one thing that really stood out was the lack of noise. This came across on the TV as F1 lacking the electric atmosphere of other exciting sports events. Yes,yes,yes i'm sure the noise is ok if you are there in person, but for the rest of us watching on TV something needs to be changed! Maybe turn up the trackside microphones?
Another ridiculous article just to generate a heated debate. Back in the summer I took one of my friends to the young drivers test at Silverstone. This was the first time he had seen an F1 car in the flesh. Was he impressed with the speed, speed retardation and grip? Yes. Was he impressed with the sound? Blown away! We all have to admit that the noise was a HUGE part of the spectacle.
There is a great example video of the v8s driving past and then the turbos and the difference is night and day. They don't have to sound ear splitting but the noise is part of the spectacle. Honestly this article totally misses the point being made. Seems more of a personal attack, specially when using "some of my twitter followers" I'am sorry but what weight does that have?
Whilst the new engines may sound "all right" in the flesh, the sound coverage on the BBC coverage was terrible. When the cars went past any camera position there was very little engine noise to be heard. I trust that the relevant sound engineers will "tweak" their systems to give us viewers better listening..............................
Maybe Bernie should have a chat with the boys from Top Gear. Just thinking about some of the wonderful engine noise we hear, perhaps they could pick a one and make all the cars sound like it. Or better still, Bernie could just sell his investment in F1 and leave it to the next generation.
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