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Opinions divided about the sound of V6 powertrians
Yesterday was a day of shock, horror and awe for the most Formula 1 fans. For months we have been hearing how ugly the new cars will look and how dreadful they will sound. Safe to say, very few actually imagined how bad it would get.
We have yet to see what the Marussia look like but from the evidence it is highly unlikely that it would be a stunner and talk is now turning to which car looks the best of the rest. Apart from the look there is the sound as well. Gone are the wailing V10 and V8 engines from the past and we are now ’embarrassing’ fuel efficient V6 ‘powertrains’.
Mr E we know is against the new engines. But what about the rest of the paddock? After yesterday’s limited running Britney said “It reminds me a bit of when I used to look at the videos from the ’80s, the old turbos, and it’s that same sound now – deep, with lots of power on the straight. So it really gave me a flashback to those videos I was watching.”
Toto Wolf said cars are still in shakedown mode so not running hard. Speaking to reporters he said, “You must not forget that what we are doing here is basically a system check and shakedown and once you hear a car on full revs and flat out and more cars, I think in a couple of months nobody is going to really speak about the old engines and old engine sound.”
The sentiment is not shared by either Nico Hulkenberg nor Vettel, both feel Formula 1 has taken a disappointing step backwards with the latter saying he would have preferred to “ go the other way, back to V10.”
Perhaps it is too early to judge though. Toro Rosso was open about their problems on the day. JEV said he could hear vibrations from the engine and that this limited the power he could use from his engine so he does not have a clear picture of how the engine would feel.
Toro Rosso’s woes adds weight to Wolf’s statement about shakedowns and not running to full capacity. Are we perhaps being too critical and should we welcome all the changes? After all, the engineers in Formula 1 are supposed to be the best in the world so why can they not build what is required of them?
The first day of testing was a damp squib yes but should we not celebrate the fact that for the first time in ages we are seeing teams really having to struggle to make their cars work properly?
Anyway, back to the sound of the V6, what do you think? Vote and provide a reason for your vote in the comments.
Nissan: Small and powerful how hard can it be?
For months Formula 1 engine manufacturers have been telling us how challenging it is to build a small and powerful engine. Renault Sport F1 released some guidance to the new engines yesterday.
- 1.6l turbocharged V6 internal combustion engine
- Direct injection
- Max engine speed of 15,000rpm
- Potent Energy Recovery Systems incorporating two motor generator units – the MGU-H, recovering energy from the exhaust and the MGU-K recovering energy from braking
- Combined maximum power output of 760bhp, on a par with previous V8 generation
Not bad, 760bhp all in you may say… well maybe they have not tried hard enough.
Over the water Nissan America has been doing some of their own development. They have produced a 1.5l, 3 cylinder turbo charged engine weighing 40kg (88lbs) and it produces 400bhp at 7,500 rpm with maximum torque 380 Nm. In the words of the marketing people at Nissan, “At a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram, the new engine actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the new engines to be used in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year.”
Given the Nissan engine is more basic than the Formula 1 V6 engine however should Formula 1 not be looking around for ideas?
McLaren appoints Boullier as Director of Racing
McLaren has released a statement to say Eric Boullier will now be their Racing Director and work with JOnathan Neal and the rest of the senior management. Ultimately he will report into the Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, a new role created in the team.
When will we see the big bear enter…
The gavel man’s video evidence
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