Driving has always been a fully multisensory experience: the sheer pleasure of tackling a big road in a big car just wouldn’t be the same without an array of sounds, smells and other sensations.
However, a key part of that cocktail is changing, as electrification not only changes the way cars are powered, but also their sound. The merits of this can be argued, but the importance of noise to the driving experience cannot. So we thought about our favorite car noises. But you won’t find a screaming V10, a thundering V8, or a mighty flat six here: we’ve left the individual engines aside to contemplate the other great car noises that make …
Start-up in a British lightweight
It’s easy, this: the sound of the engine cranking when sitting in a lightweight open-top British sports car. I think of Caterhams, Radicals, Ariels, Westfields and others. Noise is the starting gun for a ride that will stir your soul and truly make you feel alive. Cars like this are as immersive as they get and involve your senses more in a drive than anything else. Right after writing this, I’m off on a trip to the classifieds … Mark Tisshaw
If asked to choose a specific sound from a specific car, my answer would undoubtedly be the full spectrum of Lamborghini’s current 5.2 liter V10 engine, absorbed at a nosebleed length while holding the throttle. wide open from 2000 rpm to the red line, ideally. while driving through the most perfectly spherical tunnel you can find. But in general terms, it must be the syncopated crackle of thermal contraction after a hard drive. If you can hear that, you’re probably in a pretty peaceful place – a place that contrasts with the excitement that just unfolded. It immediately puts me in a thoughtful, philosophical, car loving mood. Richard lane
Before you write to complain that “every gear change is smooth; it’s called synchromesh ”, I present to you my Willys Jeep from the 1950s, which has a three-speed non-synchro gearbox and a one-foot shifter. This is not correct. It’s smooth on the way up, but getting from third to second without a hideous grapple sound takes work. As for the second to the first, I just cheat by stopping and starting over. It requires a double clutch, the coordination of a top athlete and a lot of anticipation. But when third comes in second in a smooth snick with no cogs squeaking, it’s one of the most satisfying noises you’ll hear in any car. Pier district
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