It appears that not even the legendary pairing of McLaren and Honda can produce a 2015-regulation Formula One engine that sounds as good as the current V8s. Much like Mercedes-AMG Petronas, McLaren Honda have released a clip of their turbocharged, 1.6-liter V6 ahead of next season, and well, at least to our ears, it's not the sweetest of singers.

We've reported on concerns that the new engines wouldn't sound "right," after years of the high-revving V8s and V10s. The more we're hearing of these new engines, the more reasonable those worries seem. That said, we'll need to wait until we really hear these cars driven in anger to render a final verdict.

Scroll down to view the official press release from Honda and to hear what the future McLaren Honda will sound like when it hits the grid in 2015. For comparison, we've also included some on-board footage of Jenson Button's McLaren's V8 from last season.


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Honda Fires new F1 Engine for the First Time
Today Honda has released a recording of its new F1 engine which was recently fired for the first time. The engine is being developed for the 2015 season where Honda will participate under a joint project with McLaren.

Manabu Nishimae, President of Honda Motor Europe Ltd, commented, "It is exciting to hear the cry of our new born Formula One engine for the first time. Our engineers are working hard to develop the engine and we are all looking forward to the start of the 2015 season."

To hear the sound of the engine visit: http://youtu.be/431h20gvm3M

Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.

From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to Honda's decision to participate in F1. Throughout its history, Honda has passionately pursued improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems. Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas. Furthermore, a new generation of Honda engineers can experience the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Honda will base its European racing operation in Milton Keynes from June 2014.


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      Racerman967
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most engines do not sound the same on an engine stand in an enclosed room. Let's see how it sounds outside in a car. Although nothing will rival the scream of the v10's
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope they do some acoustic tuning.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's going to sound different when it's unloaded, as it is here. When it's going through the gears, it's not going to sound a lot different than the way they do now.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh no....
      Pablo Noria Llanes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I miss the V12's... :(
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nobody of importance cares about the noise... make it a winner, then people will care.
      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hearing these F1 engines on the computer/TV is not the same or that good compared to hearing these engines in person.
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      crap....its sound like the fastes and powerfull grass cuter or somthing like it XD
      mikeymac
      • 1 Year Ago
      literally sounds like a turbo honda civic. Dislike.
      Silver
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda sounds like a big leaf blower, if I had to compare it to something. Too bad as I like the current sound much better :(
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a dremel that sounds exactly like that. I think F1 need to place rev-limiters on the cars and only have moderate displacement restrictions... go back to the V8/10 and limit how fast it spins... make the teams find the "frog-hairs" at lower rev points.
        Kepe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FutureDoc
        They have rev limiters. The current 2,4 liter V8s have been limited to 18k rpm for a few years now. The new turbo engines will have a 15k rpm limit. But I do agree, that sound isn't sexy at all. I hope they will sound better "in the wild" than on a test bench.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know.. I think this whole thing has been spun out of proportion. F1 didn't always have screaming v10s (or the current 8s). Honestly, the change up might be a good thing - there likely will have a little more diverse sound from the various makes. Regardless, they are still going to be super loud - just different loud. If all we cared about was the noise then we should stipulate everybody have flat 12s. I am more surprised about the relatively low power output - weren't the 1.5 BMWs of yore making 1200+ hp?
        GT_fan626
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        I totally agree with you its a different kind of loud. I think Bettetton BMW's inline 4 had 1300+ hp for qualifying and 800+ hp for the race.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GT_fan626
          ...and that was over 30 years ago!
        Kepe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        Must be the airflow, fuel flow and engine materials restrictions that keep them from achieving that kind of horse power. But IIRC, the new turbo engines should have more power than the current V8s. In my opinion, there should be some new kind of Formula series that gives teams more freedom for car and tech development. F1 is horribly crippled by all the restrictive rules and regulations. The cars are all almost exact copies of each other, and the performance differences come down to who can find the best loopholes in the regulations and maximize their performance that way, until FIA swoops in and plugs the hole. Some of the F1 regulations are there to make it cheaper for the teams, but I think they should find some other ways to make the sport cheaper/more profitable to the teams. F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motor racing technology, but at the same time they have a huge amount of rules and regulations banning all kinds of beneficial technologies.
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