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Liberty Media May Make Formula 1 Louder
September 27, 2017
Last year, the FIA announced that it is working with the teams to develop a "sound generator" to improve the "intensity and quality" of the turbo V6s. Now, there are reports that new owner Liberty Media is backing the moves to make F1 louder, with a project in the works.
Liberty Media May Make Formula 1 Louder

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media wants to pump up the volume on F1 cars, and it thinks it may have an idea of how to make that happen.

Ever since the new power unit era began in 2014, insiders and fans have complained that the loss of F1's high volume is hurting the sport. A sort of exhaust "megaphone" was tested and abandoned, but last year, the FIA announced that it is working with the teams to develop a "sound generator" to improve the "intensity and quality" of the turbo V6s.

Now, Spain media outlet Marca said new F1 owner Liberty Media is backing the moves to make F1 louder.

"We have to amplify the sound, as in all the market research we do, it is very important to the fans," Liberty Media's F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches said.

The Spanish sports newspaper said the latest idea is in the form of a microphone, which is being developed by Australian television producer David Hill.

"He is working on the development of a ceramic microphone that can be attached to the exhaust pipe to obtain an amplification of the sound of the cars for the fans," Bratches said.