If Ford went and tested a NASCAR engine in a production Ford Fusion, it'd just be silly. Ferrari testing its new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V6 Formula One engine in a LaFerrari hypercar is not silly - it's excellent.

Now, we can't be certain if the video shown above is actually Ferrari's new F1 powerplant. Based on the big roof-mounted intake, the weird sounds coming from the camo'd LaFerrari and the teasers we've been hearing from other F1 engine providers, the race engine is a tantalizing idea.

The other possibility, perpetuated by our friends over at Road & Track, is that Ferrari is using the LaFerrari to test a next-generation powerplant. That looks good on paper, but this car strikes as being far too loud for any road legal engine. What do you think? What's Ferrari up to at Fiorano? Scroll down for the video and then let us know in Comments.


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      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      "If Ford went and tested a NASCAR engine in a production Ford Fusion, it'd just be silly." Sounds perfectly reasonable to me! o_O
      Tony six-gear
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's sound like a '94 beef-up Honda Civic.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tony six-gear
        It's a 1.6L turbo, you're not that far off the mark.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe they are testing the engine and its mapping.
      Big Rocket
      • 1 Year Ago
      This isn't quite the same as Ford stuffing a NASCAR engine into a Fusion (family sedan). A better analogy would be Ford stuffing that racing engine into the Ford GT (sports car).
      safeerexus
      • 1 Year Ago
      The turbo whine is obvious in addition to some unknown sounds not normally heard in cars. Could be the 2014 F1 engine. They have to maximise every testing avenue they can to get a competitive edge next year.
      manure
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like my dental visit earlier this morning. Probably even more expensive.
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      sorry but still ugly as a kick on nuts....a super car should be a machine who does everything what the driver tell to it and so the driver should be able to handle it, not just aford it
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_M7_
        have to TOATlly disagree with that comment...most stunning supercar yet.......but, lets not forget looks are subjective...I cant handle the McLaren lineup, or the Oragami lambos...others will beg to differ...........
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @_M7_
        You don't make any sense. First you say it's ugly and then you say the driver should be able to handle it? It's not self-driving so it is the driver operating the gas, brakes, and steering wheel. WTF?
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the sound of that turd is why I am finished watching and attending Formula 1 races. It sounds terrible.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
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        John Ralphio
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        One in a long-line of reasons for me.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      F1 is dead. It's time for Formula E. Dropping down to 6 cylinder 1.6 liter engines is nonsense. That's not relevant to any road car. The future is electric and that's where racing needs to be.
        Matthew A Clarke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        You do realize that turbo v6s were used in the 80s of formula one right?? they wont make the same 1300hp. but you make it seem that it was never used before.
        ufgrat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        You are aware that Ayrton Senna won his first world championship in a 1.5L V6 turbo? And in an age where forced induction is being used more and more, with regenerative braking, waste heat recovery, and hybrid powertrains, I can't think of any way you could be more wrong. An 18,000 RPM 2.4L V8-- Now, THAT is completely irrelevant to modern road cars. Having said that, I look forward to Formula E, but in it's current incarnation, the targeted top speeds are around 200 km/h, or 125 mph.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      What evidence is there to say it's turbocharged? At least on an iphone and its small speaker I don't think it sounds like it either.
        Tom Winch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        Did you watch the whole video? Definitely turbocharged. You can't really tell on the first lap, you can hear a bit of it on the second lap, but definitely on the third lap you can hear waste gates chirping along with the turbo whine. And I heard it on an iPhone 5.
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        you can hear a blow off valve and some very clear compressor stall due to an anti-lag system.
      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic sound, imagine 22 F1s revving their motors at the first 2014 Grand Prix! Awesome!
      fserrano85
      • 1 Year Ago
      I LOVE FERRARI BUT THAT SOUND =(
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