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#1 MichaelPM

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:26

Listened to some onboard audio from an F1 car without watching and know what car it was?

I was just looking at live timing with ITV's practice coverage in the background when I heard some onboard audio and knew it was a Renault, switched windows and there was an onboard shot of Alonso...surprised myself.

Earlier I listened to a trackside perspective of a McLaren and thought, thats not ment to sound like that. They switched to an onboard view and then I realised that it was sounding like a classic McLaren note after all (changing up gear when driven in anger its hard to mistake).

I am guessing we all know the Ferrari sound from mile away ofcourse, very different.

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#2 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:28

yes, it happened to me with a mclaren onboard, about 2 years ago

#3 bogi

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:30

Can you spot difference between STR-FI-Ferrari :wave:

#4 kar

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:30

I know a Type 056 without looking, a BMW and a Mercedes.

Trackside I used to be able to pick out certain cars - e.g. Honda (it is so loud), but I don't know if I still could this year with the changes.

It's fun actually do to that. So to answer your question yes :)

#5 MichaelPM

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:31

Originally posted by bogi
Can you spot difference between STR-FI-Ferrari :wave:

Funnily enough I thought a RBR was a BMW a few minutes ago when trying to test myself, I need more practice :lol:

#6 kar

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:37

Originally posted by bogi
Can you spot difference between STR-FI-Ferrari :wave:


Last year you could owing to the hack-hack-hack of the Ferrari traction control.

This year it's much harder to pick them apart, the only real tell is that distinctive 'warble' of the ferrari on upshift and downshift.

#7 Clatter

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:41

Havent really tried it with just the engine noise, especially recorded, but I used to be able to tell most cars from their TC noise. Trackside it was amazing how different each sounded as they struggled for grip.

#8 Mika Mika

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:46

Originally posted by kar
I know a Type 056 without looking, a BMW and a Mercedes.

Trackside I used to be able to pick out certain cars - e.g. Honda (it is so loud), but I don't know if I still could this year with the changes.

It's fun actually do to that. So to answer your question yes :)


I think someone tole me Honda used to use a different firing order in their engine which is why ot was so different.

#9 Mika Mika

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:47

After watching some old F1 season on DVD the other day I realised how much nicer V8s sound than V10s...

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 08:51

Originally posted by Mika Mika
After watching some old F1 season on DVD the other day I realised how much nicer V8s sound than V10s...


Don't be fooled by a recording it simply does not capture the real sound.

#11 Vegetableman

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:02

I think 2003 the cars sounded most different. I'm not sure why but they all had very distinctive sounds. The Williams on board used to sound fantastic.
These days they tend to sound a little more similar on board. I think the Merc is the most distinctive trackside.

#12 kar

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:04

The FO108 sounds like a bansaw when it goes past, it is very distinctive.

#13 Dudley

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:05

Originally posted by Mika Mika


I think someone tole me Honda used to use a different firing order in their engine which is why ot was so different.


As I mentioned after my trip to Bahrain, the Honda is very, VERY noticeably different in person, it HOWLS.

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:07

The Mclaren V10 was different from anything else at the time, and i can tell the difference between the Ferrari and the others under breaking

#15 kar

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:11

Just remember though engine noise doesn't matter to F1 fans

A lot of noise is made about noise in F1

No points for guessing the moron behind that particular article :-)

#16 Mika Mika

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:14

Originally posted by Clatter


Don't be fooled by a recording it simply does not capture the real sound.


oh i have seen them live plenty of times...

#17 Mika Mika

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:15

Originally posted by kar
Just remember though engine noise doesn't matter to F1 fans

A lot of noise is made about noise in F1

No points for guessing the moron behind that particular article :-)


I saw a Audi R10TDI last year and the thing was sooo quiet.... :-(

#18 Youichi

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:20

I can't say I've ever noticed a difference on TV footage, but I do remember sitting at the Bus-Stop at Spa, and listening to the cars come out for morning warm-up, as they ran down to Eau Rouge, through Radillion and up to Le Combes, and turning to my Friend and saying "The first car is a Ferrari, and the second is a Lamourgini" and Lo and behold when they finally hove into view, I was correct, and he was amazed.

Give me a V12 over these modern V10s any day :)

#19 jcbc3

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:34

Originally posted by kar
Just remember though engine noise doesn't matter to F1 fans

A lot of noise is made about noise in F1

No points for guessing the moron behind that particular article :-)


You are insulting morons around the Globe with that comparison. ;)

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#20 F575 GTC

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 10:10

Originally posted by Mika Mika
I saw a Audi R10TDI last year and the thing was sooo quiet.... :-(


Same with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - At Silverstone, if you weren't looking at the track all you'd hear was the rumble strip on the exit of the corner and that was it :lol:

Can't tell the differance between F1's, but i can with GT cars.

#21 jcbc3

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 10:19

Bring back the rotary Mazda's from Le Mans.

You aint heard ANYTHING until you hear them.