Pat Symonds expects F1 engines to be louder in 2016

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BIRMINGHAM – Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds expects the existing V6 turbo power units in Formula 1 to be louder in 2016.

Since replacing the old V8 engines at the beginning of the 2014 season, the hybrid V6 power units have faced all manner of criticism from both fans and those in F1 due to their perceived lack of noise.

Attempts have been made to significantly increase the noise of the engines but have proven unsuccessful, prompting the World Motor Sport Council to amend the technical regulations for 2016 to aid the situation.

While some are still calling for a return to either V8 or V10 engines in the future, Symonds believes that the natural development of the existing power units will result in an increased sound for 2016.

“This is a natural progression,” Symonds said at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, England on Friday.

“A lot of the sound is a function of the cylinder pressure, so the higher that cylinder pressure, the more sound is coming out.

“But of course as the engines develop, the way you get the power is to get the cylinder pressures up. We’ve seen some quite significant increases since the beginning of 2014 with the pressures they were running, so the cars have got naturally louder.

“They will get naturally louder this year as well in addition to the changes that we made to the exhaust.”

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,