Mercedes AMG has released an audio recording of the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 unit which will power Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in next year’s F1 championship.

Over a simulated lap of the Monza circuit, they’ve overlaid the sound of their 2014 engine using the team’s Driver-in-the-Loop simulator at team HQ in Brackley.

Mercedes say its the most accurate impression so far of how the new Power Units will sound in 2014, with a maximum rev limit of 15,000 rpm and a single turbocharger spinning at speeds of up to 125,000 rpm. They go on to say “Best enjoyed with the sound turned up LOUD and on headphones or speakers for the full effect!”

Their press release says ‘listen to it ROAR’, but I’m afraid it sounds more of a whimper when compared to this year’s normally-aspirated 2.4-litre V8, or better still Honda’s V10 F1 engine which you can listen to in the video below.

The video entitled ‘Sound of Honda -Ayrton Senna 1989’ was recorded during a test session at Suzuka race circuit and presents a spellbinding rendition of Formula One powertrains at their finest.

SEE ALSO: Behind-the-scenes: Making of Sound of Honda – Ayrton Senna 1989. (in Japanese only)

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We’re not expecting these new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines to match Honda’s championship-winning V10 (at least not in terms of aural performance), but it’s sad to think how far we’ve moved away from what most people would consider the ideal.


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