What's your favourite sounding engine?

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The growl of a V8, or the smoother sounds of a V6? A RR Merlin 'aero' would be the ultimate for me.... what sounds get you going?

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For the sheer shaking of all of one's senses, nothing can equal the the earth shattering, ear splitting noise of a nitro burning, flame spitting Top Fuel Dragster - just wonderful!

On the street however, the rumble of a hotted up Ford 'Flathead' V8 has a very unique sound all of its own!

The Goodwood Revival is the perfect place to appreciate great engine sounds, modern racing engines appear to sound very similar, it's only when you get the opportunity  to hear those wonderful historic racing cars at full blast  you quickly realise, that you can actually determin the makes of car just by engine sound alone, not so easy  with a modern F1 engine!

 

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Despite living in a country where V8s are cheap to buy and own, I  think the sound of an MGB accelerating is the best production car exhaust. It just sounds so right for a sports car.

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BRM V16

Ferrari V12 (from 166 to 412, slightly prefer the sound of the two-cam to the four-cam, but that's just being picky)

My Triumph's straight six. The best sounding engine in the world for the impecunious who can't afford more exotic straight sixes. Simon Taylor once ran to his office window because he "thought a D-type had just driven in". On the Three Castles one of the marshals asked if Al Clements and I could do the section again just so he could hear the car at full chat again. Another marshal on the same event told us on another section that they were discussing what superexotic was on its way when it was roaring away out of sight, and then the old Beastie comes around the corner. Made me very proud.

My Elan on the overrun. It has a totally addictive fruity rasp, that I find very intoxicating and am guilty of rather otherdoing. The long-suffering team, therefore, found it hugely amusing on a convoy to the Le Mans Classic when an ex-member of the C&SC staff, worriedly waved me down to tell me about the "terrible exhaust rattle" from the Elan. Their status as an ex-member of the staff is not directly connected to this incident, two of my colleagues pooing themselves laughing is.

 

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Talking about ordinary cars (affordable ones that is), the older Audi V6 sounds cracking - also love the sound of TVRs and Alfa engines.

The ultimate is definitely RR 'Merlin' throb...

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I've always preferred the sweet sounds of a V6 over the growl of a V8. V10's and V12's I get too (I am already thinking back to the late 1980's with Senna in the McLaren Honda V12 on a quali lap). I own a V6 engined car and adore hearing it sing when on track. Italian V6's (cue Alfa and Ferrari) are among the best, and the 164 3.0 V6 was a particularly fine sounding engine - especially when in the back of a recreation Stratos.

Try a dollop of this in the morning to get your blood up. GTV6 Alfa at Spa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uizhpdGQYms

And as it is Goodwood time, what about the RR Merlin engines in those Spits... Glorious !!

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Yep!

That SPAM smell is definitely getting stronger.....

C.M.

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GreaseMonkey wrote:

Yep!

That SPAM smell is definitely getting stronger.....

C.M.

Agreed. This and the other will go.

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A BRM V16 in full chat is probably hard to top although I will never forget a 512 BB at  Le Mans Classic 2008 redlining in the pits.

On a more human level I love the rasp of Alfa twin cams, the melodious Busso V6 especially in  the156 GTA, the odd flat plane crank dry shriek of a 355 Ferrari,, an early Cobra on side exit exhausts, and actually I do not mind at all accelerating in tunnels in my S2 Lotus Seven.