Unlike Formula 1, Formula E race cars sound more like giant remote controlled models, forcing the drivers to completely re-learn how to listen to their vehicles. And yet, for all intents and purposes, they look and perform just like their gasoline powered predecessors.
Early on, Formula E considered adding artificial noise to the engines to create a roar where there was only a whir. The prospect of a speaker belting out vroom-vroom sounds, however, rankled the purists more than no noise at all. So the current models were built without them. What noise there is comes from the gearbox, the tires and displaced air.
"I was always massively against it," Virgin Racing chief technical officer Sylvain Filippi said of the noise generators. "Anything artificial you add weight and it makes no difference. These cars have to be as pure as they possibly can be."
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