Mercedes to trial louder exhaust solution at second in-season test

Mercedes to trial louder exhaust solution at second in-season test

Mercedes has confirmed that it will trial a prototype exhaust at next week’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in-season test in an attempt to try and increase the noise level of the current power-units.0922LW7D8632

This year’s regulation changes have received mixed reactions from the fans, with many not liking the quieter sound of the V6 Turbos.

The FIA confirmed last month after a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council that it was starting to investigate ways to amplify the volume of the new engines.

“Mercedes will evaluate a prototype solution during next week’s test to assess its impact on the tailpipe noise,” the Brackley-based outfit confirmed on Twitter.

“It’s a first step in a development process to address the feedback from our sport’s fans about these mega new hybrid power units.”

The team also dismissed reports that testing of the new exhaust would take place during Friday practice for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

All 11 F1 outfits will remain at the Barcelona circuit for the two-day test event, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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  • Bob Clarke

    I read Niki Lauda told folks to stop complaining about the noise. Similar remarks from Will Whathisname, the NBC Sports pit reporter. I imagine the cars do sound great so close to the action, but I would think the majority of fans hear the noise on TV. Television audio is heavily processed to suppress background noises which compete with announcers’ voices. Thus, from our vantage point, we just hear lawnmowers – while Niki and Will are apparently hearing FORMULA ONE lawnmowers…