Last year’s Formula 1 final was epic, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battling it out to the end. But it could have been even better. An F1 fan edited the footage from last year’s final lap and added ’90s F1 V10 engine noises, and it’s so good it’ll break your heart.
The Formula 1 V10 engines of the late ’90s and early ’00s were incredible. They were smaller, lighter and more efficient than the V12 engines they replaced, but still made sensational, hair-raising noises. They typically produced about 900 horsepower, and some, such as Honda’s and BMW’s engines, could run reliably up to 19,000 rpm. The V10 era was truly the greatest era for Formula 1 engines and is now more than ever missed.
Formula 1 is still exciting today. In some ways it’s more fun to look at (and in some ways less fun) because of the parity of the cars. It puts more emphasis on the skill of the drivers, so you can still get exciting finals like last year’s in Abu Dhabi. But as good as the racing is, this current V6 era of F1 will never make your heart beat faster than it did in the V10 era. This video proves that.
If you look at the original broadcast from the last lap you get to see beautiful rides from both Hamilton and eventual champion Max Verstappen. Literal sparks fly as the two trade to the bitter end. It falls a bit flat though as you can barely hear the cars. Even during the recordings on board both cars, their engines are barely audible. So as great as the riding is, the lap that the champion decides feels a little underwhelming in the end. Watch the fan edit of the V10 F1 and it suddenly becomes a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrill ride.
However, it comes with the sting of grief. Watching the V10 fan edit reminds us that we will never hear F1 engines like this again. The next generation of hybrid F1 engines will actually increase their electrical power, relying even less on internal combustion than they do now. Unless some unforeseen magic fuel promises lower emissions, we’ll probably never hear F1 engines with larger displacement, high revs again. And after watching this fan edit, I’m not sure how that doesn’t make every motorsport fan at least a little sad.
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