Ford ‘Active Noise Control’ Engine Recording
It’s impossible to please everyone. Back in the day, throaty engine noises that stemmed from powerhouses such as the Mustang and F-150 were all the rage, but it didn’t take long before consumers started to crave more practicality. They wanted the engines to be more powerful, yet more fuel efficient. As time went on, Ford discovered new systems such as EcoBoost engine technology, which helped to provide increased fuel economy ratings, but made engines so efficient that the sought-after engine roar all but disappeared.
Recently, reports have surfaced which say that Ford and other automakers have been using engine noises that are pre-recorded in some of their latest models, and as there have been a lot of questions being tossed around, we thought that we would address them by explaining how Ford Active Noise Control works.
Since Ford has been making a push for more fuel efficient engines, and has been swapping out many of their V8 engines for turbocharged, EcoBoost V6 engines, the sound produced by their powertrains simply isn’t what it was before. That is not a bad thing, however. As we discussed earlier, the engines are just as powerful, if not more powerful than their V8 counterparts, and as they are smaller in size, they are able to stretch a tank of gas much further. The only thing that is missing is the fierce, head-turning engine sound.
Active Noise Control is essentially a solution to the problem. It uses a pre-recorded sample of the engine and amplifies it through the vehicle’s speakers. Contrary to popular belief, the sound is not fabricated in any way. While some believe that Ford has recorded a V8-equipped Mustang and put the sound into one with a four-cylinder, that is simply not true. The noise that comes from the EcoBoost four-cylinder is that of an EcoBoost four-cylinder. Again, it’s just amplified to give the quiet and efficient engine a bit of a roar.
We understand why so many people are taking issue with this new system, but keep in mind that there isn’t really any other option for automakers. Sure they could keep their loud, beefy engines, but then they would face penalties from the EPA and CAFE laws. As we told you when looking at EcoBoost V6 vs V8 engines, Ford doesn’t really have any choice but to go this route. Either they have the amplified engine sound playing through a set of speakers, or the engine falls silent at all times.
If you have any questions or would like us to further explain how Ford Active Noise Control works, be sure to get in touch with us here at Matt Ford. We would be more than happy to play the recording of any engine or let you tap on the gas pedal so that you can hear it for yourself. Believe us when we say that you will hardly be able to tell the difference, and neither will any of the onlookers you’re sure to attract.
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