The FIA is adamant that the sound of the new generation of Formula 1 engines due to come into force in 2014 will be "representative" of the contemporary power units.
Following complaints from Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters about the spectacle of grand prix racing being weakened by an originally planned switch to four-cylinder turbos in 2013, F1's teams and manufacturers agreed to an alternative plan for 1.6-liter V6 turbos which are limited to 15,000rpm for 2014. Although that may not be enough to quell dissent among race promoters, who have threatened to ditch F1 races for the likes of IndyCar, the FIA says it has no concerns about the sound.
"This parameter has been updated from 12000rpm to 15000rpm to allow engineers more flexibility in power and energy management," stated the governing body. "However, as a consequence of the new architecture (V6) and the change in rev limit, the engine will sound different, but will remain representative of Formula 1."