Turbocharged V6 Formula 1 Engines to Retain Trademark Sound

Noise, emissions and fuel efficiency constraints have forced Formula 1 officials to change engine rules, and force all teams to use turbocharged V6 engines, instead of the naturally-aspirated V8 units used until 2013. The new engines displace 1.6 liters and will ‘enter service’ in the 2014 season.
Mercedes-Benz F1 2014 Engine 1 photo
Photo: Mercedes-Benz F1
With the move to turbocharging, some may have thought F1 would loose some of its charm, as engines would be not as loud, and this would detract from the overall experience. However, now, according to the Daily Mail, who quoted Andy Cowell, Mercedes F1’s engine boss, the new V6 units are not as loud, but ‘sweeter sounding’.

That could mean any number of things, but if the man behind the project is pleased, then it must be true!

Cowell goes on to say: "I had the privilege of standing in a test cell the first time it was run and I had a big smile on my face," he said [ . . . ] The sound is going to be pleasant, with the volume a little lower, but it's not a problem with the direction we are going."

Furthermore, the move to turbocharging gives cars a lot more low-end torque, so corner exit may be tricky for some drivers - "The engines will deliver much more torque [ . . . ] especially on the exit of the corners [ . . . ] Cars with more power than grip coming out of the corners -- that is something that we all enjoy."
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