This morning I was picking my nose in a very unhygienic way and thinking about the so-called noise factor in motor racing. I came to the conclusion that I’m seriously obsessed with S2000 rally cars (like the Ford Fiesta S2000 or the Peugeot 207 S2000) – their angry little engines produce excellent noise which I prefer to F1 in many ways.
I’ve never been a big fan of V8 power in Formula 1 because V10 engines sounded considerably better (or maybe it’s something to do with my brain?). I was still an infant in the 1980s, so I’m not qualified to a make judgement on turbo engines or even crazier V12 stuff, although I’ve heard a lot of nice things about that era’s noise levels. I think the Cosworth V10 design circa 2005 could be called my favourite source of noise in motorsport. Alas, it’s no more and we’ll be getting a new generation of engines in the near future which I hope are alright in the noise department.
I can’t really rate diesel-powered or electric racing cars here; with diesel power, the sheer monstrosity of these vehicles is quite attractive despite the lack of noise. It’s possible that I’ll even come to like electric cars… if the EV Cup comes to town later this year.
GT cars are absolute stars in this (virtual?) kingdom of noise, especially the Ferrari F430 (me personal favourite). I don’t debate GT racing any more because these babies are simply cool – no arguments required.
Well, I think that’s it for for today’s edition of “The Verbal Diarrhoea Unlimited” (Iberian style). The Iberian-mobile (aka Renault Twingo S1200) needs a bit of pimping before it’s ready to tackle the distance between Lisbon and Jerez next month where I’ll get my annual dose of noise in style.
PS Check out our Ford Fiesta S2000 gallery (from WRC Rally Portugal, 2010 and Rallye Vidreiro, also 2010) by clicking HERE.