Listen to Mercedes' new 1.6-litre V6 Formula 1 engine

Listen to Mercedes' new 1.6-litre V6 Formula 1 engine

Formula 1 fans aren't happy about regulation changes that will not only alter the beating heart of F1 but also the iconic soundtrack.

Next year, manufacturers will be required to fit their rapid racers with a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine rather than the free-breathing V8s that currently howl around circuits across the globe.
Race fans are a little upset as the addition of a turbocharger has had an adverse affect on the ear-splitting noise of the previously raucous 2.4-litre engines.

Just look at some of the comments on a video we posted earlier this year that revealed Renault's efforts.

The video uses computer technology to simulate an on-board lap in the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be piloting next year but it is not likely to raise the pulses of diehard fans.

The new rev limit of just 15,000rpm - as opposed to the 18,000rpm upper limit of current engines – means that gear changes come in much quicker, limiting the howling opportunities of the wheezy powerplant.

A rapidly spinning turbocharger (which rotates at speeds of up to 125,000 rpm) drowns out much of the noise emitted from the rear pipes, a far cry from the turbocharged 3-litre V8s of the 1980s.

New regulations that requires teams to complete a 300km race on a 100kg fuel load has forced teams to re-think engine strategy.

Smaller, lighter and more efficient engines are required if a modern F1 team hopes to even complete a race in 2014.

Take a look at the video below and let us know your thoughts. Is new legislation moving the sport on or ruining enjoyment?
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