Active Noise Control Most Logical Option for Quiet New Engines

By Admin | Posted in Technology on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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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.

 

18 Responses to “Active Noise Control Most Logical Option for Quiet New Engines”

  1. STEVE LOVELLETTE says:

    Does active noise control come on a 2015 F150 Lariat w/ the 3.5 EcoBoost?

    Thank you.

    • Matt Ford Sales Inc says:

      Steve,

      Yes, the Active Noise Control system comes on all EcoBoost-equipped 2015 Ford F-150 models. That includes the 2.7- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines. The system is not used on the naturally-aspirated V6 or V8 engines. Hope that helps!

  2. STEVE LOVELLETTE says:

    Does active noise control come on a 2015 F150 Lariat w/ the 3.5 EcoBoost?

    Thank you.

    • Matt Ford Sales Inc says:

      Steve,

      Yes, the Active Noise Control system comes on all EcoBoost-equipped 2015 Ford F-150 models. That includes the 2.7- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines. The system is not used on the naturally-aspirated V6 or V8 engines. Hope that helps!

  3. Jason says:

    Actually the Eco-Boost isnt more powerful than the 5.0 v8 option in the F-150. I own a 2015 equipped with the 5.0 it comes in at 385 hp from the factory and is the highest hp option of the four engines to choose from. I opted for the v8 to reduce costs associated with turbos as they age its an expensive repair, I owned a turbocharged eclipse gst about 17 years ago. While turbos are fun and somewhat offer better economy it’s important to note that it’s difficult for the average driver to achieve the 26mpg on a daily basis, the engine shuts off and restarts at stop lights etc. I test drove the larger eco boost and it lacked the instant throttle you get with the 5.0, thats why i bought the v8. The eco boost isnt a bad engine dont get me wrong, I just prefer naturally aspirated power that I get instantly from the throttle of my 5.0. To each thier own but I recommend driving the 5.0 and the eco boost to do a side by side comparison before making the decision to buy the eco boost.

  4. Jason says:

    Actually the Eco-Boost isnt more powerful than the 5.0 v8 option in the F-150. I own a 2015 equipped with the 5.0 it comes in at 385 hp from the factory and is the highest hp option of the four engines to choose from. I opted for the v8 to reduce costs associated with turbos as they age its an expensive repair, I owned a turbocharged eclipse gst about 17 years ago. While turbos are fun and somewhat offer better economy it’s important to note that it’s difficult for the average driver to achieve the 26mpg on a daily basis, the engine shuts off and restarts at stop lights etc. I test drove the larger eco boost and it lacked the instant throttle you get with the 5.0, thats why i bought the v8. The eco boost isnt a bad engine dont get me wrong, I just prefer naturally aspirated power that I get instantly from the throttle of my 5.0. To each thier own but I recommend driving the 5.0 and the eco boost to do a side by side comparison before making the decision to buy the eco boost.

  5. Matt says:

    That is all fine and dandy for the people that want to hear that garbage all the time but please answer me this. How do you go about turning it off while still having your stereo fully functional? I have a 16 eco boost mustang and have put after market speakers in it. Because to be quite frank the “shaker” system is garbage. No in doing that I have an obnoxious buzzing/humming sound coming out of my speakers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Matt says:

    That is all fine and dandy for the people that want to hear that garbage all the time but please answer me this. How do you go about turning it off while still having your stereo fully functional? I have a 16 eco boost mustang and have put after market speakers in it. Because to be quite frank the “shaker” system is garbage. No in doing that I have an obnoxious buzzing/humming sound coming out of my speakers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  9. Vincent says:

    Hello, how can i desactivate the active noise control on my 2015 lmited ford taurus ? i have a bug with my cellphone TELIT when it works

  10. Vincent says:

    Hello, how can i desactivate the active noise control on my 2015 lmited ford taurus ? i have a bug with my cellphone TELIT when it works

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