Here Are the 15 Best Sounding F1 Cars

Formula 1 cars make some of the greatest noises on Earth. Here are the best of the best, according to you.

Ferrari 412 T1
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Yesterday, we asked you to name your choice of the best sounding Formula One cars. As always, there were a ton of responses, but here are the nine answers we saw mentioned the most.

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Minardi M191B

The M191B wasn't particularly successful during its time in F1, but it did have one thing going for it: That wonderful Lamborghini V12 sound.

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Ferrari 312T

The 312T used a 3.0-liter flat-12 engine layout to create a lower center of gravity. The "T" in its name represents the transverse gearbox layout used to give it better weight distribution. Also, it sounds nice. Very nice.

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Mercedes-Benz W154

It might not be as ear-piercing as some of the other cars on this list, but Mercedes's W154 Silver Arrow still makes a thunderous noise. A 3.0-liter V12 from the '30s will do that.

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Honda RA272

Honda was mildly successful with the RA272, winning the Mexican Grand Prix in 1965. Equipped with a 1.5-liter V12, it emits an impeccable noise.

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Cosworth DFV

The DFV isn't a car—it's just an engine. Developed by Cosworth, it was featured in all sorts of F1 cars throughout the '60s and '70s, used by teams like Lotus, McLaren, and Brabham. It was successful, and more importantly for this discussion, it sounded great.

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McLaren-Honda MP4/4

Today's F1 cars aren't the first to use forced induction. The series used turbo V6s back in the 1980s. The difference? The 1980s versions actually sounded good. Let the MP4/4 demonstrate.

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Ferrari F1/87

Ferrari's early turbo V6 cars didn't sound half bad either. If you're not into today's muffled V6 hybrid sounds, these cars are the ones to listen to.

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Red Bull-Renault RB9

With these last few seasons of turbocharged hybrid V6 cars, it's easy to forget what immediately preceded them. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter V8s were some of the greatest-sounding motors to come from F1.

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Lotus 43-BRM H16

The Lotus 43-BRM is equipped with a 3.0-liter 16-cylinder engine formed by stacking two 1.5-liter flat-8s and gearing the crankshafts together. Unsurprisingly, it creates a symphony even at idle.

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Ferrari F2001

Though many people call for the return of V12s to F1, just as many people want the V10s back. The screeching wail of Ferrari's 3.0-liter was unlike anything else.

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McLaren MP4/20

Of course, Ferrari wasn't the only one with a magnificent-sounding V10. The whole field was made up of various V10s at the time. The McLaren MP4/20 stands out as being one of the greatest.

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Williams FW14B

The 3.0-liter V10s are great, but they weren't the only 10-cylinder engines to grace the F1 world. The earlier, larger-displacement 3.5-liter V10s made a great noise as well. Listen to both to see which one you like best.

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Mercedes-Ben W125

If you've never heard the roar of the Mercedes W125's supercharged straight-eight engine, well, you're in for a treat. It sounds unlike anything else.

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Matra MS11

The MS11 saw competition in 1968, equipped with a 3.0-liter V12 and a seriously cool-looking exhaust. It never won a race, but that almost doesn't matter considering how good it sounds at full-tilt.

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Ferrari 412 T2

Back in the 1990s, F1 was still running V12s. Perhaps the greatest sounding in the field was Ferrari's 412, equipped with a 3.0-liter unit capable of revving past 15,000 rpm. If you're going to watch one video today, let it be this one. You won't be disappointed.

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