Is Formula 1 too quiet?

An interesting blog from a course mate about the new F1 engines. I understand when people in the crowd say that it is better for watching and not needed earplugs, however the sound just doesn’t seem quite right! As I watched the video, the cars seemed like they were going slower in the second clip, but hey that’s psychoacoustics for you!

Notes from an Acoustician

Did you watch the Melbourne Grand Prix last weekend? It was the first race of 2014 Formula 1 season. This year has seen the most rule changes for a generation, but the most controversial was the sound of the engines. Since the late 70’s F1 fans have been used to the high pitched screech of the engines as the cars fly by. This year, however, with the new regulations regarding the hybrid engine systems, smaller engine size and the reintroduction of the turbo, the the sound of the engine is very different. Watch this video to see what I mean. It compares the engine sounds of the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2013 to 2014.

As you can see, the new cars are much quieter and much lower in pitch. If you notice, the guy sat just in from of the camera in 2013 clip is wearing ear defenders. In 2014 there is no…

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