According to the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff, the new F1 engines should be much louder compared to the current hybrid motors.
Between the FIA and manufacturers have already begun negotiations on the new rules of the engines, which should come into force after 2020. After the introduction of hybrid powertrains V6 sports fans most complained to their quiet sound.
Some have suggested a return to V8 engines, but Wolff would not want to go back to old technology.
“Why do people say: “Raise the engine speed and forward”? – asked a rhetorical question wolf. – From race cars is still a strong audio-visual component in the age of hybrid technology, the effectiveness and autonomy.
Yes, these cars are already fast, but need to get a good sound of their engines, because it gives us an idea of the power and speed – and, it seems, we did not care about this issue when they created the current regulations.
No, I don’t think it’s so bad, but in 2020 the sound quality should be an integral article of the rules. It’s important.”
At the moment in Formula 1, there are four engine manufacturer Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda, the latter will supply engines to the second team only next season.
Wolf believes that the emergence of an independent producer have a positive effect on the sport.
“Here you can choose between the best manufacturer of sports cars in the world Ferrari, the world’s best road brands – Honda, Renault and probably the best premium brand Mercedes!
In Formula 1 it was not always, so if we can find an independent provider until 2020, that would be great.
I don’t know if an independent supplier of engines to ever compete with original manufacturers, having invested billions over many years.
I think if we will soon create new regulations, and manufacturers will find sponsors and investors, such a project could work.
I’m 110% convinced that F1 should be the technological formula, so it is not necessary to return atmospheric V8 engines – otherwise, the Formula 1 will change its DNA. We should be the most powerful, fast and technologically advanced engine.”
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