Ecclestone still making noise about turbo engine sounds

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO of the Formula One Group. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Thursday 21 October 2010.

Bernie Ecclestone

The less noisy tones of Formula 1’s new-generation V6 turbo engines could be artificially enhanced, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

The Formula 1 chief executive is worried the sport will lose some of its appeal to fans when next year’s engines fail to live up to the dramatic noise of the current V8s.

The Grand Prix circuit promoters, led by Australia’s Ron Walker, are also worried.

“As Bernie will attest,” Walker told Formula 1 business journalist Christian Sylt, “it (the V6) sounds like a lawnmower engine, and we will be fighting this tooth and nail.”

Less publicly worried are the engine makers themselves, who see the new regulations as a welcome step into the automobile’s modern era.

It is also expected that Honda could now return to Formula 1, amid rumours Volkswagen and Toyota are also interested in the V6 rules.

But Ecclestone thinks the radical change of regulations is actually a risk for the suppliers.

“The danger is that what will happen is what always happens with the manufacturers, which is that if it doesn’t work they will stop,” he told Autoweek.

And another risk is that the ‘lawnmower’ tones of the V6s will also drive the spectators away.

“What Ron (Walker) is saying is that you have to make sure that the engines will make it to 16,000 revs,” said Ecclestone.

“That was agreed and now we know they won’t rev to anything like that. The fuel flow has been agreed so even if you have big tanks it still can’t rev (to 16,000).”

Admitting it is not his preferred option, Ecclestone nonetheless revealed that artificially enhancing the V6 engine sound is a possibility.

“Maybe we can make them sound like the current engines,” he said.

Walker added that in 2011, “(FIA president Jean) Todt told me in Australia that the next thing is they are going to have a hybrid.

“I said ‘what about the noise’ and he said they will put a squeak box on the back of the car. God almighty!” (GMM)

  • Rabih Fares

    I’m afraid this will be my last season watching formula1…thse guys are destroying the sport…this is nonsense,it won’t be a Formula1 anymore

  • Bec

    Bad news for Formula E then … Oh wait, look at all those cities looking to host a race, including Monaco.

  • McLarenfan

    Well they will then lose fans this is the Pinnacle of Motorsport it will become the laughing stock

  • Bec

    Didn’t lose any fans when they ran turbos in the 80s, on the contrary, that’s when F1 saw its biggest increases in fans. more likely is that fans will turn away if F1 keeps its outdated technology and becomes a heritage race series.

  • McLarenfan

    sorry i may have not been clear my comment was about the Bloody Hybrid. Turbo with ground affect active suspension is something I loved. The complete package would be with the Honda badge.