Whiting: F1 will get used to the sound of V6 turbo engines

31 December, 2012

Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 14 March 2012.Dec.31 (GMM) Charlie Whiting, the highest ranking FIA official at grands prix, is adamant that Formula One will not miss the sound of the current V8 engines.

For the past couple of decades, fans have been spoiled by the ear-splitting tones of normally aspirated V12,V10, and more recently 8-cylinder power plants.

But from 2014, the sport will sound more placid, as turbocharged and comparatively low-revving 1.6 litre V6 engines power the cars around the tracks.

There have been fears the more sedate sound will turn off fans.

“I think people will get used to it pretty quickly,” FIA race director Whiting told F1 journalist Peter Windsor’s blog peterwindsor.com.

“Honestly, when I think back to the old BMW four cylinder engine we ran in the Brabham days, that revved to 11 000 rpm and it sounded fine. The new engines are not going to be silent.

“The sound is going to be different but people will get used to it very quickly, I think,” he added.

Whiting, ultimately in charge of all racing, safety and technical matters at grands prix, admitted to looking forward to the radical new rules.

“It’s a big challenge,” he said. “A very big challenge for the engine manufacturers.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the engines run – to see how complicated they are and how clever they are. They’re going to be extremely high-tech power units, that’s for sure.”

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  • Not_Not_Bernie

    Charlie is going to have to get used to the sound of me clipping his earhole!

  • conservancy@MHR

    … engine Formula isn’t the problem. No more Ford, no more Honda, no more Toyota? The only ones left in F1 are, the Europeans? That should concern someone — asj.

  • McLarenfan

    I am concerned that the way things are going we will be missing more teams, and Kers and batteries seem to be adding frustration not the stuff the sport needs. The new power is an expense that wasn’t needed Kers not needed why not change the fuel to something like methane that would be green and readily available and could go in to road cars unlike batteries and Kers.

  • d mc

    Methanol was banned because it’s flames are invisible when ignited so you don’t know your driver is on fire until it’s too late. The new hybrid route is the
    Only way to get honda etc back in the sport because they’re all going that way with their road ranges. It’s called progress, tradition is the illusion of permanence.

  • Matthys Strydom

    In the 80s’ some teams were also running turbo engines and it sounded fine. Just have a look on Youtube at Senna & Prost in 1988 and there’s no absence of a high performance engine sound. F1 stagnated long enough in this department and the new engines would be refreshing.

  • fools

    When most people thought the turbo era was endangered.

    All the future new hyper/super cars are having twin turbos built in them these days and more in the future.

    I really like the idea of Turbo. I think these cars will screammm.

    Cant wait.

  • G

    My last year of watching formula one is just around the corner. My ears will never learn to accept the engine noise of a leafblower as a Formula One motor.
    I know the Wt to HP ratios and power graphs all say there should no real difference in power and all, but I just can’t buy it.
    Why don’t they just save everybody lotsa money and just race remote controlled F1 cars. No more drivers, lower ticket prices for the same boring level of competition that 6 cyl turbos inspire.
    Besides, they can make the RC cars run on batteries since F1 has such a hard on for ‘green’ energy anyway.
    In the meantime I will watch the last season of real racing before I find something else to take up my time, effort and money.

  • splat

    I can’t justify to myself watching 6 cyl race cars parading as if they’re the top level of car design. I think I’d rather watch that reality show featuring some fat beauty contestant. At least reality TV would be more believable than a 6 cyl F1 season. No doubt more entertaining.

  • fokkinmoron

    Whiting will get used to the sound of declining revenues and empty seats from the lack of interest the 6 cylinder toy engines inspire.

  • COTA ROCKED

    Thank god i went to Austin last year,i will go again this year and then i guess i`m done with F1…thank you Mr. Whiting :-(

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