Most people think that electric engines and, by extension, electric cars are ’silent’ or just ‘too silent’, and they are right. The fact they do not make enough noise is seen as a problem in terms of road safety as pedestrien, cyclistand and other people mught not detect the presence of such vehicles when out of sight.
This is an issue that Audi has been trying to address for quite some time, and not only for safety reasons. In fact, a supercar that doesn’t roar is kind of missing the point, meaning that the ’sound’ of a car is something that simply defines it, just like its design, and every proper motorist knows that only too well. The video above just shows how the house of the four rings is working on the problem, and what they are doing is giving their new electric sportscar R8 e-tron a pre-recorded sound, coming from a studio.
Rudolf Halbmeir is the sound engineer which is in charge of giving the Audi R8 e-tron a ‘voice’, and he’s doing that with keyboard and a PC. The video is pretty self-explanatory and is quite indicative of where the automotive industry seems to be hading for. Pretty interesting watch indeed.