Does louder mean it will be better? And will the little furry thing burn off?
Anyone who’s been to a Formula 1 race will attest to just how great it is to see the action live – even with the widespread criticism of how terrible the current V6 engines sound, attending a live race is a thrilling experience that television just can’t capture.
That doesn’t mean F1’s commercial director Sean Bratches doesn’t want to try, however, which is why a plan is in motion to stick microphones into the cars’ exhaust systems.
The goal, obviously, is to make the cars louder for the television audience at home. According to Reuters, the racing series is currently working on an exhaust-mounted ceramic mic that can handle the high temperatures produced from the 1.6-litre turbo V6 engines under racing conditions. Bratches said the sounds of the sport are 'viscerally moving to fans and critically important.'
The question is, will simply making the exhaust note louder on television actually make a difference for the better? It’s not like the engines can’t be heard already – people just don’t like what they hear. Furthermore, some might find such a move to be rather tacky. Or, perhaps Bratches is on to something. The sound at the pipe should have a bit more depth and resonance to it. The result may be surprisingly good.
Do you think amplified exhaust systems will make F1 cars sound better on the telly? Or will it just be a louder, more obnoxious version of what many F1 followers have dubbed the duck call?