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#1 Hum

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:41

Can't afford a Ferrari? Well, Faurecia SA,  the French auto parts maker, has what might be the next best thing: A system that makes your car sound like one.

Faurecia is offering car makers a mini loudspeaker that can amp up the muffled sound of a small engine's exhaust so it has the roar of a supercar's.

That's perhaps not good news for the neighbors but a possible boon for drivers aching for the head-turning noise of a Ferrari without spending $250,000 to get it.

Faurecia is showing its loudspeaker at this week's Frankfurt auto show. The unit of France's PSA Peugeot Citroën group has recognized that tougher emissions-control legislation is making cars quieter due to the extra technology required inside the "hot" end of the exhaust system to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution like particulates. Modern cars with diesel engines generate more noise from the engine itself than from the tail pipe.

Engines are also getting smaller as manufacturers try to cut fuel consumption without sacrificing power, a trick they pull off by using exhaust gases to help drive the engine through turbochargers. That can give three- and four-cylinder engines the sort of oomph but not the noise once associated with bigger engines. The throaty roar of a V-8 that some particularly in North America would say is the sound of automotive freedom is disappearing.

"There's a lot of interest from North American manufacturers," said Peter Lakin, head of sales, marketing and programs at Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies. German auto makers have also shown interest, Mr. Lakin said.

Faurecia's system uses sophisticated software that captures what a car's engine is doing to drive a loudspeaker contained in the muffler, whose only role normally is to reduce sound.

Through the loud speaker, Faurecia's system that will be preinstalled at the factory will also allow drivers to select from a few different exhaust sounds ranging from quiet to sporty.

The system also uses its software to strip out annoying ambient sounds, like the whine of the turbocharger, by using active noise control technology to cancel out the unwanted noise, similar to noise-cancelling headphones. The noise signal frequency picked up by a microphone in the muffler is slightly modified and played back over the loudspeaker so that the original sound isn't audible.

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#2 Just the cook

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:52

Might as well fit one of these to the exhaust too - ms2iO-2OP_isUX1elomgOjg.jpg



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:53

Honestly, this is pretty stupid.  It's not difficult to give a V6 engine a nice roar, so obviously this just applies to the 4-cylinders, which shouldn't be loud in the first place.  

 

This isn't much different than somebody putting a gigantic pipe on their POS Civic to make it sound "fast".  But in reality, it's not fast, and it sounds like a lawn mower.  

 

For the sake of humanity, we don't need any more "fake" cars on the road.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:54

I never noticed that a Ferrari made a particular sound.

 

Guess I'm dense.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:57

I am always  :rolleyes: when I see a 1.4L Honda Civic or similar tiny hatchback make more sound than a supercar due to exhaust modifications lol.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 13:58

^ My Honda only made a roaring sound when the exhaust pipe rusted thru. :laugh:



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 14:24

I haven't heard any AFK, but do Ferraris even have impressive exhaust sounds? AMGs (and to that effect, Pagani Huayra), on the other hand (which are a plenty in Soviet Russia)...



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:01

I never noticed that a Ferrari made a particular sound.

 

Guess I'm dense.

 

Or just not a car guy :p 



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 21:42

You can say that again! If you've got a spare 20 minutes, this is a fantastic watch:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=3MDTcXGsjuo

 

Or if you only have 2:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=pOKdguuXl2g



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 21:56

I haven't heard any AFK, but do Ferraris even have impressive exhaust sounds? AMGs (and to that effect, Pagani Huayra), on the other hand (which are a plenty in Soviet Russia)...

I drove an F430 on an autocross track a couple months ago, and it's a very very loud and mean sounding car.

I also see a 599 driving around this area occasionally, and that's also a loud car.

 

Ferraris have one of those exhausts that once you hear one rev, you'll be able to recognize one from a mile away (and you'll probably hear it from that far away).



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:42

I haven't heard any AFK, but do Ferraris even have impressive exhaust sounds? AMGs (and to that effect, Pagani Huayra), on the other hand (which are a plenty in Soviet Russia)...

YES, AMG's have amazing exhausts sounds. Case in point - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=WVlgw90Ns7c
 

I hate non-performance cars having performance/tuned exhaust systems. I also hate fake engine noise pipped into stereo systems (I'm looking at you BMW)



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:51

YES, AMG's have amazing exhausts sounds. Case in point - http://www.youtube.c...h?v=WVlgw90Ns7c
 

I hate non-performance cars having performance/tuned exhaust systems. I also hate fake engine noise pipped into stereo systems (I'm looking at you BMW)

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=PFT3sTkR5sI



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:52

You can hook up a loud speaker and a battery on a bicycle and play loud muffler sounds while riding! :woot:



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 16:27

People actually spend money on this?



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 18:30

 

Two words for you: Volvo Terror

 

 

 

You can hook up a loud speaker and a battery on a bicycle and play loud muffler sounds while riding! :woot:

 

Plastic playing card against the spokes - instant Harley!





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