Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is unhappy with his series' proposed engine change. SPEED is reporting that Ecclestone believes the introduction of the turbocharged V6 mill should be postponed or even dropped altogether.

While one may think the leading concern for the Ecclestone are the budgets tied to developing the new engines, his issue with the V6 is reportedly far more simple than that. No, Ecclestone has a problem with the way the turbocharged V6 powerplants sound.

The SPEED report notes Ecclestone's reaction: "I listened to the noise of the engines in Maranello the other day, the new engine and the old engine, and even (Ferrari President) Luca di Montezemolo said it sounded terrible."

As superficial of a qualm Ecclestone might have with the engine note, that whine of a high-revving V8 has become an integral part of the identify of F1 – it may be imprudent to meddle with with such an important part of the brand.

FIA president Jean Todt had previously stated that there will not be another delay in the rollout of the new powerplant, but Australian Grand Prix president and Ecclestone-ally Ron Walker says "The circuits will all support Bernie in his quest to keep the same engine, because it will mean great savings in the cost burden of running the sport."

Given that we are just 18 months from the start of the 2014 season, we will be anxious to see what the final decision is on engine formula – and how soon it is made. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault are not waiting around to find out what Bernie's decision is, as they are gradually converting their dynos over to V6 use and will continue to develop the new engine in the meantime.


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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the V10's sounded better than the V8's...and the V12's sounded better than the V10's... This guy needs to drop dead so F1 can actually move forward.
        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Agreed! But look at him. The bastard is going live forever!
      bcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just don't understand how these F1 power players think. 30 years ago when Renault proved that Turbocharged engine (1.5 l no less!) can produce probably almost twice as much horsepower vs 3.5l V12, they didn't hesitate. The results was one of the most amazing era of Formula one. 1.5l turbo engines produces as much as 1200 hp in qualifying trim. Ferrari used V6 Turbo, McLaren used Tag branded Porsche V6 Turbo. Ecclestone owned Brabham used inline-4 BMW Turbo, which is one of the most spectacular engine ever. I don't think anyone complained about the sound at that time then, not as long the engines can deliver the goods.
        samip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bcool
        if Renault proved that their small engines are as powerful as the huge engines then why are F1 regulations preventing others from using bigger engines? don't you think as a reasonable person that they should actually prove that on the race track and not in their super secret labs?
      Number23
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.5 ltr Turbo 4! 1.5 ltr Turbo 4! 1.5 ltr Turbo 4! 1.5 ltr Turbo 4!
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should install a sound tube off the exhaust system to help channel the better sounding notes to the fans. I mean, that's what performance cars do now right?? ;P
      Redspeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let just get V10 or V12 and slap a pair of turbos on those badboys! Nothing is more exciting than MORE POWAR!
      Narom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well that will annoy Lewis, he's hoping with the switch to v6s that Merc will be a forced to be reckoned with.
      Autolegend
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a small sign that even Bernie has some common sense. It's always a shame when motorsport falls to corporate pressure of being green. 1989 they did it right. 3.5 Litre V12s. They sounded incredible and you can strap KERS to that if you really want to. The F1 scream is part of the package that makes F1 cars appealing.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to do one race, just one race, where there are no limitations on engine size, power output, turbocharging, super charging, etc. Just to show that with the proper knowledge and technology what race teams are capable of. There will always be the question of driver safety, but it's upto the driver how hard he wants to put his foot down and whether or not he wants to race the car at all.
        dinobot666
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        They did this already. It was called the Can-AM series.
        Chris Butler
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Agreed.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Like said it wont be possible in this age. Some of these teams putting that hundred of millions yearly development cost to pure speed, rather than getting along and trying to get around the rules would be mind blowing, but not going to happen.
        avconsumer2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Though I adore this idea - I don't think we live in a world where this is possible anymore.
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Then it would be less of a formula series. There's too much left open to interpetation when there no power plant regulation. The disparities could be huge and then it would look like Vettel/Schumacher only worse.
      Jacob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could someone please just... kill... good 'ol Bernie, he just needs to go. This is probably the stupidest thing he's said in quite a while. It's not like the V8s sound good either...
        Cory Stansbury
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jacob
        I think the V8s sound awful. Actually, any engine revving that high sounds awful...it sounds exactly like nothing...just a high pitched noise. If he wants a high pitched noise, he could mandate the use of loud gears in the gearbox and it would sound the same. Listen to a 1970s V12 F1 car, the 1960s H-16s, the late 80s/early 90s V-12s. Those were beautiful sounding engines.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      F1 Cars sound like high strung vacuum cleaners. If you want a really quick migraine, go to an F1 event. TV is ok, because you can turn it down. I love F1, but not for the sound. They sounded far more intoxicating back in the 1970's.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      F1 should go electric
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree, v6 just sounds bad. keep the v8's they sound so good!! maybe a v8 turbo :)
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        sounds bad??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBG9wdwnq7Q
          AXEL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          eat my shorts... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-rNiswUhQ4&feature=related /thread
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