Fans want F1 to roar, legends think it is purr-fect

Fans want F1 to roar, legends think it is purr-fect

SEPANG, Malaysia - The quieter turbo charged V6 engines used in Formula One this year has elicited mixed reactions.

While some in the Formula One fraternity have nothing but praises for the new engines, the sound, or lack of it, has left fans wanting more.

Formula One legend Niki Lauda believed the sound of the new cars was "perfect".

"These cars are six cylinder engines compared to the previous eight cylinder ones.

"I like the noise. It is not so difficult to have a conversation in the pitlane now," he said at the Sepang International Circuit recently.

He said that Formula One performance should not be measured by the sound of the car but rather the technology put into it.

Mercedes Petronas Formula One team technical director Paddy Lowe said the "nature" of the sound was different but people would come to like it as it would be the sound of Formula One in the future.

"When I started in Formula One some years ago, they were using turbo engines and they sounded similar. The level of the noise has reduced but that is the consequence of saving so much in energy," he said.

Formula One fan Milad Sharafi, 30, who is from Iran, said he was disappointed with the sound from the newer engines.

"The old ones were so noisy it vibrated into your body, but these are so quiet," he said comparing it to that of a street racing car.

Another Formula One fan, Lee Jones, 27, said when the cars came out on the tracks, he could not believe how quiet they were.

"This is my first time watching the race live and I expected it to be louder as that was what all my friends have told me to expect," he said.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone had been quoted as saying that people had gotten used to the "very aggressive roar".

"These engines are super efficient," he said.

"The way they are built is quite magical in that it can deliver that much of power for a lower amount of fuel," he said, adding however that its "side effect" was its lack of noise which the public did not appreciate.

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