F1 » Rosberg: 'Megaphone exhaust' made no change


Nico Rosberg says Mercedes remains committed to enhancing the spectacle of F1, despite its 'megaphone exhaust' making little discernible difference.

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Blacklines

May 14, 2014 7:02 PM

I don't know about you guys, but wtf is that??? I thought it was a bit strange that they were referring to the "megaphone exhaust" over the weekend, but that's the stupidest thing I've ever seen..

I get that they can't go messing with back pressures etc and altering the exhaust system totally (certainly not with the other issues they all have to sort first ) but I don't understand why the teams, seem to be, being so awkward about the subject of changing the sound.

To me at least, that monstrosity smacks of someone trying to make a point..

Fullofit

May 14, 2014 8:27 PM

The football WC is around the corner ... Bernie will get caught in the moment and reflect back on South Africa 2010.

Then we will see Vuvuzela's installed on all F1 cars.

Just like after the Olympics he wanted to see medals instead of points ... or after the ROC he wanted corner short cuts ... or after the bed wetting incident he wanted artificial rain at the tracks.

Ptolemy

May 14, 2014 8:49 PM

This megaphone is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in motorsport. F1 has become a mockery of its once great former self.
I think I'm just about through. I think I'm just going to wait until September when Formula E fires up. At least THAT is the pinnacle of something. The pinnacle of electric powered vehicles that is.
What has F1 become? The pinnacle of hybrid vehicles? WTF? Does anyone other than the bean counters at the car companies get excited about something like that?
Lately I've even been looking into "410 sprints" here in the USA. They're 410 cubic inches or about 6.7L and they race on dirt oval tracks. They are closer to what F1 was 10 years ago than what F1 is today. They weigh about the same as the old F1 cars and have similar power to the old F1 cars. And the are about 10 times more exciting than the current vacuum cleaners with megaphones we are seeing.
It guts me to see what they've done to F1.

mrfill

May 14, 2014 8:55 PM

Well, as that trumpet thing was no use, I expect the next test to include a trombone exhaust and possibly a saxophone exhaust.

I'm no acoustics expert but would have thought that an amplifying a lawnmower would result in a loud lawnmower sound.

Taipan

May 14, 2014 9:07 PM

Fullofit: BTW, that looks more like a trumpet than a megaphone ... and I'm taken back a few years to when Renault made their engine play tunes with revs.

Imagine what they could do with THAT! :D


Just thinking if they opened up the end of the trumpet to be more like a bell it would become the bellend exhaust, or depending on who's driving the Merc the Bellend's exhaust!


Couldn't resist :p


Good post Ptolemy.

ghogmk2

May 14, 2014 9:18 PM
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This remind me of the '60s when a lot of cars, road cars were sheep in wolfs clothing.

Side valve Ford Pops with massive tyres or reversed rear wheels (OMG) and the original 1172 side valve 4 cylinder engine - ooh phew.....,

Mind you we were all skint then. Oh Yeah.............

Fullofit

May 14, 2014 9:32 PM

mrfill: Well, as that trumpet thing was no use, I expect the next test to include a trombone exhaust and possibly a saxophone exhaust.

I'm no acoustics expert but would have thought that an amplifying a lawnmower would result in a loud lawnmower sound.


I dunno ... I've seen a guy use some creative exhaust plumbing to make a Chevy V8 sound like a Rotary, so it must be possible somehow.
The spanner in the works is the exhaust regeneration system ... no one will want to sacrifice anything there for the sake of sound.

mrfill

May 14, 2014 9:58 PM

ghogmk2: This remind me of the '60s when a lot of cars, road cars were sheep in wolfs clothing.

Side valve Ford Pops with massive tyres or reversed rear wheels (OMG) and the original 1172 side valve 4 cylinder engine - ooh phew.....,

Mind you we were all skint then. Oh Yeah.............


And don't forget those Maserati air horns that played La Cucararcha....

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