Westacott said he did not need earplugs in the pit lane at the start of the race and described the sounds as being like harpsichords in a chamber orchestra. He expects hardcore racing fans in Europe will be even less impressed by the quieter cars.
Grand Prix's green machines are so quiet they threaten racing's business
— By Mark Halper on March 18, 2014, 6:47 AM PST
If you think that the new cars sound funny, wait until they introduce the "latest and greatest" rubber band powered version. I'll bet that the "tree-huggers" will be ecstatic :-)
Just put a model-railroad sound board in every car, with a 1/2 hp amp. Each car can have it's own sound, including 4400-hp diesel horns.
They may be quieter, but the above analysis is complete rubbish.
Melbourne 2014, was probably the best and levelest playing field Grand Prix for quite some time, and everyone I know who is a Grand Prix fan loved it, esp. the resurgence on Williams, and McLaren being back in the game.
Well, the alternative would be even quieter... if racing becomes a fossil-fuel dinosaur, and goes away entirely, just like they did. :-(
I personally appreciate the new F1 sound for what it means technologically, and have always loved the sublime "growl" of the Audi diesels at Lemans. I can't wait to see where the racing tech will go next... F1 and World Endurance racing keep pushing the limits, and the results are things like the the 2014 cars, the Formula E series and the Nissan ZEOD-RC Lemans prototype.
I actually watched the race. It sucked! The old cars reved to 20,000 RPM while the new cars are limited to 15,000. Performance development has been sacrificed for eco goodness. The energy harvesting systems were both undependable and unpredictable. There was very little passing, and little real racing. Beyond that new safety regulations have made the cars ugly.
But this was just the first race of the season. Perhaps things will improve, if not F-1 might lose their fans in droves.
It will be interesting to see how or if fan reaction will change the draconian eco rules scheduled for 2017.
Now imagine electric race cars. Not only will the fans be entirely disappointed, but blind people will get hit crossing the track. They need playing cards hitting the spokes, to get their vroom-vroom back.
I know that the loud noise is "really fun" for the fans, but perhaps they could evolve into apppreciating the actual race rather than the sound. Or do they not want to hear their own conversations?
Why not just put loud exhaust like we Dominicans do to Hondas in order to feel like they're going 150 mph? Or better yet wedge an empty can or plastic soda bottle against one of the back tires? It worked in turning my bicycle into a motorcycle when I was child.
Golf cart? Really? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS4Dh_EAfJI
Are you sure you watched the same race, it was great, and most GP fans I know concur.
That's complete rubbish, the extra oomph from the Energy Recovery Systems when put into the drive wheels in addition to the power from the combustion engine, makes them go like stink.
...700bhp, from a 1.6L Turbo, with extensive ERS... says it all.
Yep Neil I did watch it. I do like it that Willliams is back, but I believe that's down to the Mercedes engine. Still Bottas looked fast. Melbourne's really not a good passing track so I'm waiting until later on in the season to see what happens.
I do believe there was insufficient development time for the energy harvesting systems and their reliability and repeatability, or lack there of, may adversely impact the racing. At least that seemed to be the case with Lewis and Seb. It will be interesting to see how these systems hold up in the searing heat.
I do hate most of the new front ends, but it looks like at least McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull got it right.
For somewhere that's "not a passing track", there was a ton of passing.
Williams 'back', perhaps more down to the drag recently of having Cosworth, and then not being able to get to grips with the Renault last couple of years.
Reliability - that's racing for you ? But Mercedes and Ferrari have sorted it out, it seems largely Renault that are behind - Hamilton's misfiring (Mercedes) cylinder aside. The larger issue seems to the the bleeding edge braking/ERS system - Lotus seem unable to get on top of this at all.