The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 September 2006

We will, we will, rev you

I don't hear a lot of automobile engine noise these days: Gwendolyn carries around 50 kg or so of sound-deadening material, so that even sudden jumps to 5500 rpm, as I had to do yesterday afternoon to avoid being squashed like a bug on a too-short onramp, don't rattle my brain.

Racers, on the other hand, don't carry around 50 kg of anything superfluous, and as a result they tend to be Really. Damn. Loud. Still, noise is just unorganized sound, and there are things one can do to organize it — although a Renault Formula 1 V10 engine playing "God Save The Queen" probably qualifies as overkill. Also in this motor's repertoire: La Marcha Real, the Spanish national anthem; the Marseillaise; and, speaking of Queen, "We Are The Champions". Because, you know, "Another One Bites The Dust" simply would not do.

Posted at 7:06 AM to Driver's Seat


Once it had tuned up, it actually sounded... musical.

But then, I'm from the generation that considered electric guitars emulating chainsaws "musical."

Posted by: McGehee at 9:57 AM on 29 September 2006

That engine can really sing!

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Don Mecoy at 1:47 PM on 29 September 2006