A Mercedes F1 car doing a driving demo in front of the Petrons Twin Towers on Monday. - BERNAMA
SEPANG: Some liken the new sound of Formula One cars like golf carts. Some, even went to the extent of comparing the sound to a sewing machine and vacuum cleaner!
But Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali has challenged F1 fans to come and listen for themselves the sound of new F1 cars at the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix this weekend.
“I know there have been some ‘less than happy’ comments about the sound of the new cars after the Australian GP two weeks ago.
“But I invite them to come and listen to it live at the tracks, not on TV, Internet or the social media,” said Razlan.
The new F1 cars feature hybrid 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and regulation stipulates that each car must complete races using no more than 100kg (about 130 litres) of fuel. It does sound a little bit soft compared to the old 2.4-litre high-revving V8 engine.
Razlan is hoping the crowd for Sunday will reach the targeted 90,000 spectators.
“Tickets are still selling fast right now ... and, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, we are getting a lot of promotion internationally,” said Razlan.
Meanwhile, the new winner’s trophy, created by Royal Selangor, was unveiled on Monday at SIC in the presence of SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir. Also present was Royal Selangor executive director of marketing Chen Tien Yue.
Information on tickets and activities for the weekend can be found at www.sepangcircuit.com