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Motor racing: New F1 engines a blast from the past for Rosberg

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:10 AM
 
Mercedes Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton (right) of Britain and teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany take part in the official presentation of the new Mercedes F1 W05 car at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain on Jan 28, 2014. The sound of Formula One's new power units was a blast from the past for Nico Rosberg, son of 1982 champion Keke, but others were less sure after the 2014 cars made a quiet test debut on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JEREZ, Spain (REUTERS) - The sound of Formula One's new power units was a blast from the past for Nico Rosberg, son of 1982 champion Keke, but others were less sure after the 2014 cars made a quiet test debut on Tuesday.

"It reminds me a bit of when I used to look at the videos from the '80s, the old turbos, and it's that same sound now - deep, with lots of power on the straight," the Mercedes driver told reporters.

"So it really gave me a flashback to those videos I was watching." The sport is undergoing a transformation this year, with the screaming normally-aspirated V8 engines replaced by a complicated V6 turbo and energy recovery systems incorporated into the unit.

The sound has been a vexed question for many, with some fearing the 1.6 litre units could prove a turnoff for spectators accustomed to having their eardrums assaulted by a barrage of noise.

 
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