Engine makers get go ahead to work on making F1 louder 19 April, 2014 Formula 1’s engine manufacturers have been given the go ahead to focus their attention on exhaust pipe design as they work on spicing up the sound of the V6 turbo engines. Unhappy with the milder noise of the new and ‘green’ Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone recently said that Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault will work on making the 1.6 litre, turbocharged and energy recovery-boosted ‘power units’ sound better. Told, however, that making the V6s loud would require a total redesign, Ecclestone told Sky: “All the air exits in the end out of what we call the exhaust pipe. “So they can maybe do something there to make it sound a lot better.” Indeed, Formula 1’s three engine suppliers sat down in Shanghai on Friday for the first ‘noise’ meeting. Renault’s Rob White warned that the V6s will never sound like a normally-aspirated V8. “I think we need to be realistic about the scope of any action we might take,” he told reporters in China. Mercedes’ Andy Cowell added: “There are things we can do with the tailpipe, perhaps, to change the noise.” Ex Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, meanwhile, said that there are other aspects of the new engines that should be better appreciated. “We shouldn’t forget that these engines are very powerful and have more than 750 horse power when you factor in the renewable energy,” he told Austria’s Laola1. “I’m a big fan of the louder Formula 1 but in the days of Charlie Chaplin, there was a picture and no sound at all, and still the people were entertained. “Certainly a bit more sound would not hurt,” Coulthard added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMattiacci: Engine freeze against principles of F1Mercedes not backing down amid ‘unfreeze’ pressureLotus to race with Mercedes power from 2015Mattiacci: Unfreeze engine rules for good of F1Cosworth eye F1 return with affordable packageMercedes campaign against move to relax F1 engine freezeMercedes teams against relaxing engine freezeProdromou: It’s fantastic to return to McLarenRenault boss irritated by Mercedes domination reportsAre Red Bull really building their own F1 engine?