Aural Pleasure: Ferrari 412T1 Makes Sweet Love to the Tympanic Membrane, Yes?

Is Alesi leaning his head into the turn, or trying to get closer to the music?
Is Alesi leaning his head into a corner, or trying to get closer to the music?

With the most anticipated Formula 1 season in ages set to kick off tomorrow with practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, we can’t help but lament the fact that although there is still a fair bit of variety in terms of chassis, the engines, as in so many other categories, have become homogenized. Oh, sure, they’re still built by different companies using different designs, but these days they’re all 2.4L V8s. Before that, they were all 3.0L V10s.

However, in 1994, Ferrari was still using a V12. It was 3.5L, which was the maximum allotted that year; however, engines would shrink to 3.0L the following year in the name of safety. By 1996, Ferrari had dumped the V12 in favor of the more common V10, which may have been less complex and thus more reliable, but the sound? As you’re about to hear, it was vastly, vastly inferior.
(A word of warning before you click play: Have a change of undergarments handy.)
To quote one of the commenters on the video’s YouTube page, “this isn’t an engine, it’s god clearing his throat…”

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7 responses to “Aural Pleasure: Ferrari 412T1 Makes Sweet Love to the Tympanic Membrane, Yes?”

  1. engineerd Avatar

    There is something special about a V-12, especially when it redlines at 10,000 rpm.

  2. Wasabi Avatar

    Oh my god, I this is better than sticky. I want this as my ring tone, wake up alarm, wife voice, etc…..

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    1. scroggzilla Avatar

      Well, it's OK…..if you like your F1 cars with wings and stickers on 'em. As for me, I like my Ferrari F1 cars wing free
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  4. vince Avatar

    just one thing – this " very special" driving position on that picture improves the airflow to the overhead airintake (in some special situations on track) Michael Schumacher also did it a few times in his Ferrari
    Sorry for my bad english but this comment is coming from 25 miles north of the Nürburgring
    Greetings to all hoons from Germany and thank you for the music

  5. Justin Rajewski Avatar
    Justin Rajewski

    I just had goosebumps for 1:43. Then I hooked my laptop up to my stereo and cranked it to 11.