Leading team bosses have dismissed suggestions that the next breed of F1 engines will not carry the same sort of excitement as the current V8s.
Following much hand-wringing over recent months, the FIA last week confirmed that 1.6-litre turbo-charged V6 units would form the next set of engine regulations, despite the various parties having previously campaigned for four-cylinder units as they attempted to woo the likes of VW Audi into the top flight. KERS will be replaced by the more powerful ERS (Energy Recovery Systems), in a move, allied to the return of turbocharging, designed to retain overall power at a similar level to 2011 by offsetting an anticipated drop in the permitted rev limit to somewhere in the region of 12,000rpm to 15,000rpm.
There have been rumours in some circles, however, that the engines will not have the same sound as their forebears, but McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh doesn't believe that there will be any loss of aural excitement.
"I think, clearly, there has been a lot of discussion about the future of engines and I think it is healthy now for Formula One to point forward to 2014 having all parties agreed to the new regulations," Whitmarsh commented, "I think there was some care, clearly, the increase the number of cylinders, to increase the RPM, to stipulate a single turbo and all of those measures were about enhancing the sound. Everyone is aware and we have made sure that the engineers that are developing these regulations are aware that the very visceral engine notes are very important to F1. They are important to us.
"We all still love the sound of F1 engines. They still send tingles down most of our spines. I think we will continue to work hard with the engineers and manufacturers to make sure that we have got great sounding engines in 2014."