F1 to press ahead with plans to increase engine noise
Formula One will move to settle the debate over the current volume of the 2014 V6 turbo power at the post-British Grand Prix test, with a new twin style exhaust set to be trialled.
Mercedes made an initial attempt to amplify the volume of the 2014 power units at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test, fitting an extended ‘megaphone’ style exhaust in an effort which was deemed to have been a failure.
However, following further investigations by a group of FIA employed acoustic engineers working alongside Ferrari, a new alternative proposal has been raised to increase the current engine volume, with a prototype twin style exhaust, which contains ‘megaphone’ elements expected to be ready to be trialled at the post-British Grand Prix in-season test early next month.
Even if the new style twin exhaust proves to be a success it would require a change in the sports technical regulations before it could be formally introduced, with the current rules mandating a single tailpipe, meaning the earliest it could appear would be 2015.
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Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.