Whiting: People will get used to new engines
1 January 2013 – FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting is confident that Formula 1 supporters will quickly adapt to the sound of the turbo engines in 2014. In a bid to give the sport a greener image, a range of rule changes will be enforced in 12 months' time.
Cut back from 2.4 litre V8 units to 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 powerplants, fans have expressed concerns over the potential sound implications of the new engines. However, Whiting believes the noise levels will still sufficiently represent F1.
"It’s a big challenge, a very big challenge for the engine manufacturers," Whiting told PeterWindsor.com of the change. "I’m looking forward to seeing the engines run - to see how complicated they are and how clever they are. They’re going to be extremely high-tech power units, that’s for sure.
"As for the sound, I think people will get used to it pretty quickly. When I think back to the old BMW four cylinder engine we ran in the Brabham days, that revved to 11,000rpm and it sounded fine. The new engines will not be silent. The sound is going to be different but people will get used to it very quickly, I think."
The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), first introduced to Formula 1 back in 2009, will be incorporated into the design of engines for the 2014 season.