I haven’t heard the new engines in real life, only on the TV. Reading various sources there is a lot of rose tinted glasses regarding the v8s. But, can someone who has actually heard them tell me if the v6s were loud enough last year?
Agree. Loud sound is just annoying after a very short while. Loud or quiet doesn’t affect TV (as TV production can make for any type of sound). And I admit, I enjoy hearing the drivers conversation much better with the V6s.
Plus, from a physics point of view, loud sound is wasted energy. That equates to less thermal efficiency, which should be a much bigger story than it is.
I actually prefer the sound of the v6s on TV Joe as you can hear other things like tyre squeal more. Admittedly they didn’t sound loud enough on TV the first few races with them until the sound balance levels seem to get adjusted. But I think they’re fine now. Progress is preferred than dinosaur technology and I can’t wait for energy recovery turbo boost to make it to my car!
Agree with you on the 2400 cc V8s, as they were horrible….but V8,V10,V12,F12, all have engine notes that are by several orders of magnitude, better than the farting 1600 turbos!
And for all time noise enjoyment? Matra V12! I rest my case M’lud!
I think the noise issue is very overblown. But back in November I went to a night with the American F1 tv broadcasters Diffey, Hobbs and Matchett which had a sellout of 500 fans in a Conneticut auditorium. At one point Diffey mentioned “and we wish the engines were louder”. Almost everyone cheered and applauded in approval.
Whether the engine noise actually hurts attendance and viewing is doubtful, IMO. But by that small sample it seems many USA F1 fans want more noise. Include me out, I have mild tinnitus from those concerts at the Electric Banana in the village.
When at a F1 event I like to be able to discuss what I’m watching with whomever I’m with, hence that might be why BCE wants more noise and less discussion about what people are paying to watch these days!
I was at Silverstone on Friday testing F3 cars on the national circuit. There was a helicopter doing some impressive manoeuvres with a big camera on the underside. Could here something on the International circuit, but was too busy to go and investigate – and could well have been turned away by security.