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R.I.P. to F1's piercing engine sounds

By Deeq on 21 Mar 2014

Attached Image The 1st time Formula 1 race was held in Singapore in 2008, everyone was talking about, there a big hype about it, but i wasn't really a huge fan back then, also, the tickets were quite pricey and so i thought its okay that i gave it a miss and saved the hundreds of dollars.
But on the last day of the race, when i was driving home from dinner in town, for the 1st time in my life i heard the engine sounds of the F1 cars! It gave me goosebumps even though the sounds were quite faint from Orchard road. So i decided to drive somewhere nearer to the track to get a closer 'listen'. I stopped somewhere near Clark Quey and just listened to the crazy loud engine noise, it was really exciting even though i couldn't see anything at all. That moment triggered me to make sure i went to race the following year, and i have been going to every race ever since.
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The 1st time my wife and i actually went to the race, i was extremely excited because finally, i can add an image to the insane engine sounds i heard. Sitting in the front section of the grandstand, the sound was almost unbearable even with earplugs on! My wife couldn't take the volume and covered her ears with her hands throughout the race, on top of wearing earplugs. I enjoyed myself a hell lot and instantly became an F1 fan.
Now, you can tell how disappointing it is watching the video(below). The scene is the front straight of the Albert Park Circuit at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and what you see on track on either side of the gentleman wearing the orange hat is a Mercedes AMG Petronas being followed by a Lotus. The first major clue, as should be obvious by the nose of the Mercedes, is that this scene was captured last year. The other major clue in the photo is the gentleman in the orange hat: he's wearing earmuffs to silence the noise. We count at least four people wearing them, and that's before the camera pans.

The organizers of the Australian Grand Prix are threatening to sue because of a "lack of sexiness," and F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone has declared he was "horrified by the lack of [noise]."

This video compares last year's 2.4-liter V8 cars on the first lap at Albert Park with the new turbo V6 cars on the first lap this year. You can compare the sounds and the number of earmuffs in this short clip.

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With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.

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ManHong Mar 21 2014 02:50 PM

I'm not a fan, but I feel sad from what I can see in the video.

Fu11thr0tt1e Mar 21 2014 03:26 PM
The v6 turbo indeed sounds gay..
Bonafidestack Mar 21 2014 08:12 PM

FINALLY no need to buy expensive earplug liao!!!!

Kratoschumacher Mar 22 2014 02:39 PM

FINALLY no need to buy expensive earplug liao!!!!


No offense dude, but the whole point of F1 is the noise!


Its called F1 because of the high amount of technology, and engineering involved. This is pretty much like 'Top Gun' of motorsports.


To me, using 1.6-litre hybrid engines is a huge step backwards, and I am sure there are other ways the sport could have gone 'green'

Cllee Mar 22 2014 10:25 PM

it is like making love without the sound effect. Very sad...

Fett Mar 24 2014 09:56 AM

it is like making love without the sound effect. Very sad...

Nolah, more like watching porn with the volume down

Sid Mar 24 2014 10:06 AM

Judging from the video, i doubt he can hear it from Orchard road this time

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