Formula 1 is constantly working on technology to enhance the experience of motor racing not just at the circuit, but for billions of television viewers, too.
The next on the card is introduction of a ceramic microphone that amplifies engine noise in a bit to recreate the same shrill of former Formula 1 engines. There have been complaints against the sound of the hybrid V-6 era engines.
According to reports, F-1 engineers have been working with a German concern to develop a ceramic microphone that can be actually adhered to the exhaust pipe to get the true amplification of sound for fans.
It is believed that this would provide to the viewers the sound of their choice that has been missing since 2014 ever since the introduction of new engines.
This could, however, be a temporary fix that lasts only a few years. The F-1 is tipped to introduce new engine regulations to make power plants cheaper, simpler, and louder. This move has been supported by manufacturers and fans alike in hopes of rekindling that beloved flame from the V-12 and V-10 years of F1.
Formula 1 owners Liberty Media is a likely proponent of this move given the company’s stance toward improving popularity after a dip in ratings during Bernie Ecclestone’s final years as commander in chief, according to a drive.com report.
FIA president Jean Todt noted previously that any step backwards in Formula 1 technology would be an errant move, so expect to hear his two cents once the new regulation cycle is due.