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Mercedes AMG Petronas 2014 Formula 1 V6 engine

From the 2014 Formula 1 season onward, the cars in the so-called pinnacle of motorsports will all have 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engines as mandated by the FIA.

To mark Mercedes AMG Petronas's new status as a YouTube partner in creating exclusive video content, the Formula 1 team is giving its fans the first taste of how the new 2014 engines will sound out on track.

The audio recording of the turbocharged V6 unit was conducted using a development engine at the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains facility in Brixworth in the United Kingdom, as it simulated a lap of the Monza circuit. This was then synced to a lap of the circuit on the team's simulator in its headquarters in Brackley, also in the UK.

According to Mercedes AMG Petronas, short of the engine going into a car and doing an actual lap around Monza, the video below and its accompanying audio "is the most accurate impression so far of how the new power units will sound in 2014," with a maximum rev limit of 15,000rpm and a single turbocharger spinning at speeds of up to 125,000rpm.

How would you compare the V6's sound with those of the V8s and the V10s of yore?


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