Dig that sound: Caterham, Mercedes release audio of new V-6 engines

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We’d all gotten used to the mighty roar of the V-8 engines in Formula One, so it’s probably safe to assume there were some observers worried about what kind of noise the new V-6 motors would produce upon their debut for the 2014 season.

But perhaps we shouldn’t have worried. Renault-powered Caterham and Mercedes have posted audio clips of their 2014 “power units” online and both sound quite robust.

Granted, both clips were taken in different situations, with Caterham’s clip involving their first fire-up of the new Renault (pictured) and Mercedes’ clip involving a car running at speed.

Still, it seems we can all be more encouraged about what the new sound of Formula One will be.

Here’s Caterham fresh audio:

And here’s the clip from Mercedes:

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.