Electric Ferraris will roar like their gasoline cars thanks to new technology

Electric Ferraris will roar like their gasoline cars thanks to new technology

The characteristic roar of a Ferrari will survive the switch to electric according to plans being developed by the Italian supercar maker.

Ferrari has patented a method of reproducing the sound of its high-output gasoline and diesel engines as they accelerate in electric models.

The automaker says the technology will help preserve the “joy to drive” of its sports cars as they transition to electric.

Battery-powered vehicles tend to make much less noise when the accelerator is pressed, and high-performance car manufacturers have been concerned with how to maintain the personality of their creations. It comes as governments around the world legislate to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars for years to come.

While luxury carmakers that often serve chauffeur-driven customers are likely to embrace the silence of an electric motor as a selling point, the sports cars built by Ferrari and its peers are sought after in part for their noise and excitement.

“In a high performance sports car, the sound produced by the engine (usually an internal combustion engine) and perceived inside a passenger compartment is important, as a significant part of the “driving pleasure” of a high performance sports car. performance is due to the same sound produced by the engine”, says the Ferrari patent.

Chief executive Benedetto Vigna told investors last summer that sound is one of the “essentials” that characterizes a Ferrari and proclaimed that every engine should have a signature tune, including electric ones.

It would be easy to record an existing combustion engine in action and play the noise through the speakers, but Ferrari opted to create a new sound that takes advantage of the moving parts of an electric car, according to a patent it filed earlier this month at the WE.

The Italian car brand will amplify the sounds of the electric motor and transmission, adjusting pitch and volume to correlate with the power being delivered to mimic the effect of a gasoline engine, according to the document, first reported by the site. US car website Carbuzz.

In addition to the sound being sent into the cabin, it can also be channeled out of the vehicle, according to the patent, recreating the roar of a sports car speeding down a highway for nearby onlookers.

BMW of Germany and Dodge in the US are also working on ways to bring high-performance electric vehicles to life.

Dodge has recreated the guttural patter of its gas-guzzling muscle cars for its Charger EV, with volumes up to 126 decibels, or levels approaching a rock concert.

BMW hired Oscar-winning Hollywood score composer Hans Zimmer in 2021 to create an “emotionally rich listening experience” for its cars, in a bid to provide additional feedback for drivers of its i7 luxury sedan. high end. The effects avoid traditional engine noises and recreate sounds more familiar to the sounds of a phone or TV being turned on.

In addition to sonic concerns, supercar designers have also been grappling with how to accommodate the pitch of a manual gearbox and the associated control over power to the always-on nature of an electric motor.

Ferrari has been designing a way for its electric car to drive like a mid-engined supercar.

The Italian brand expects 80% of its sales to come from fully electric cars and hybrid models by 2030, with combustion engines contributing 20%.

Ferrari parted ways with Fiat in 2015 and its shares have more than quadrupled since then. Ferrari is now worth more than €43bn, not far from the €44bn valuation of Stellantis, which not only owns its former parent Fiat, but also Chrysler, Peugeot, Maserati and Vauxhall.

Sports car and luxury car makers have been on a record sales streak as their wealthy customers spent money during the pandemic. The shorter production cycles associated with higher-end models have helped shield high-end automakers, including Ferrari, from the parts shortages suffered by mass-market manufacturers in recent years.

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