Formula 1 looking to up the volume of V6 turbo engines 30 April, 2014 Formula 1 in 2014 not loud enough for some Formula 1 is pushing ahead with efforts to make its new V6 turbo engines louder, in the wake of much criticism and disdain from certain quarters. After decades of screaming, naturally-aspirated V12s, V10s and V8s, the markedly lower volume of this year’s energy-recovering turbo ‘power units’ was a shock. “I did not find it exciting,” said former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, as he explained to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport why he watched only the first five laps of the recent Chinese Grand Prix on television. “And I missed the noise,” the Colombian added. “At least on TV. I don’t know how the engines sound in reality, but I think it is definitely not close to the screams of the high-revving V10s from my time.” Also unhappy is Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who recently said Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault will work on making the 1.6 litre ‘power units’ sound better. The first meeting to discuss potential solutions was in Shanghai, and Italy’s Autosprint reports that more meetings are taking place away from the paddock this week. “We’re at the beginning of a consultative process,” confirmed Renault’s Rob White. “I think we need to be realistic about the scope of any action that we might take but of course we’re sensitive to the subject and we’ll certainly participate in any of the studies that might lead to actions being taken,” he added. Given the fundamental infrastructure of the new engines, with the turbo collecting energy that would otherwise be heard as noise, it has been suggested one of the only things that can be done is a change to the exhaust pipe design. Autosprint correspondent Alberto Antonini said an Italian company is on the verge of being commissioned to look into possible solutions. (GMM) Related NewsUgly Caterham nose to go amid new updatesHonda turbo built with help of Mercedes linked companyMattiacci to wield the axe as new blood arrives at FerrariLotus set to ditch Renault for Mercedes powerShake up in who powers who in 2015 on the cardsIn-depth interview with F1 race director Charlie WhitingHorner wrong to blame Renault for Austria problemsRenault: We have to respect what Mercedes have doneRed Bull to buy Renault F1 engine division?Renault F1 V6 turbo project up for sale?