With engine sizes downgraded for efficiency, Faurecia SA thinks your car should at least sound like an eight-pot.
It's no secret that many automakers are currently downsizing their engines, moving from the high-displacement motors of old to new, more efficient and equally-performing powertrains. Even Ferrari, with its new California T, is making the switch, installing the first turbo in almost two decades (though still, thankfully, a V-8). But French auto-parts company, Faurecia SA, feels that customers shouldn't be forced to live without the signature vroom of the old days' V8.
The company has developed a technique called Exhaust Dynamic Sound Generation. Fitted to the car's exhaust, the system's software activates a small amplifier and speaker that adapt themselves to vehicle acceleration, emitting the proper sounds through the tailpipe. The system also cancels out annoyances like turbo-whirring, replacing them with the eardrum-pleasing sound of a six or eight cylinder engine. While this system won't give us back the power and feel of our old engines, at least our rides can still make an impression when speeding off at a stoplight.