The level of engineering in pro drift cars these days is utterly fascinating. Here is, for instance, Chris Forsberg’s twin-turbo, anti-lag Nissan VQ V6 putting down four-figure horsepower numbers while sounding like the whole world is ending.
After years of waiting and hoping, we are finally getting the Civic Type R in America. Not only will this be the angriest looking Honda you can buy, but the meanest sounding one as well.
If you have ever wondered what happens when you tune a high-power single-turbo straight six with anti-lag, the answer is lots of extremely angry-looking flames.
Back in 2010, BMW decided that what made the most sense for its production-based racing program was to run its sporty Z4 roadster.
BMWs are not known best as rally cars. Honestly, BMWs are probably best known as suburban commuter cars at this point. Regardless, here’s a rally BMW to remind you what a BMW ought to sound like.
The 3.0-liter era of Formula 1 and endurance racing in the 1960s and ‘70s produced some of the most greatest engines in car history. This Ferrari flat-12 probably isn’t one of them.
The 1990s Nissan R33 Skyline in this video has a 3.0 liter RB30DET, an engine that was never sold from the factory, an aftermarket-only hybrid of a high-displacement block with a twin-cam turbo head. It is one of the coolest straight sixes of the modern era, and it is still utterly silenced by the scream of a…
This is Luke Fink’s BMW E46 drift car. In this BMW E46, there is a BMW S85 V10. It sounds like a dentist drill big enough to put a hole in a building.
Dear carmakers, I have listened to many of your latest and greatest twelve-cylinder engines. They are powerful. They are efficient. They do not sound like a V12 should. To set you back on the right path, please listen to the twelve-mouthed gulps of air this Toyota engine takes.
The 3.5 liter, 640 horsepower Mercedes ‘M291' 180-degree 12 cylinder engine died twice: first when it repeatedly failed on the race track, and second when the entire racing series it was designed for came to an end.
Just listen not even to just the engine note of this little 1960s Alfa Romeo. Listen to the entire satisfying process of getting into the car and turning it on.
The GT40s that we think of first thundering past Ferrari at Le Mans were equipped with Ford’s vast 427 V8s, but the early cars came with smaller, lighter 289s. And my god did they sound good.
There’s a pretty straightforward hierarchy to engines: four cylinders are for economy cars, six cylinders are for mid-level luxury cars, eight cylinders are for muscle cars are trucks and 12 cylinders lord over the rest. But there are exceptions, and there’s a rung above the 12: the mythical and unbelievably rare…
Hello there. Cars. You like them. You like to see them. You like to hear them. Perhaps this BMW M6 drift car, complete with a wailing V10 engine, might be relevant to your interests.
“There’s no replacement for displacement,” morons say. “Slap a turbo on it,” is the mantra of cretins everywhere. “The future is electric propulsion,” insist socially awkward futurists that no one likes to eat lunch with. None of these people are smart. True connoisseurs love pistons.
Do we know if the upcoming Lexus LC 500 drives better than a BMW M car? No. Do we know if it rides better than a BMW M car? No. Do we know if it sounds better than a BMW M car? Hell yes we do.
If you’re in the market for a Porsche 911 right now, you can only buy one that’s turbocharged, excluding the naturally-aspirated units in the unobtanium GT3 variants. So, what does a new turbo Porsche 911 sound like? I strapped a microphone to the back of a 2017 911 Carrera S while driving through twisty California…
The Aston Martin DB11 follows the increasingly worrying trend in expensive cars that they are loud loud grr ahem loud, especially when you start them up. The new DB11, however, also offers a hush soft whisper whisper quiet mode.
This is Ryan Tuerck’s Formula Drift Not-A-Scion-FR-S doing some testing up at The Ridge in rainy Washington State. It sounds like a large turbocharger that happens to have a straight six attached to it.
The V8 is a classic engine configuration with a classic accepted noise, but there are actually a ton of different sounds that you can get out of eight cylinders in a vee.