You may have heard about Ford’s “Active Noise Control” system in the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost that is used to amplify engine’s sound and get rid of unwanted sound frequencies. Well, guess what? 2015 Ford F-150 uses this same system as well on the 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 models, as confirmed by F-150 Chief Engineer – Pete Reyes. The trucks with the naturally aspirated engines: 3.5L V6 and 5.0L V8 do not utilize this system.
This is an interesting turn of events for the light duty truck segment. There has been a trend to quiet down modern pickup trucks and make them more civilized for everyday duty. However, truck and performance car fans will say that the engine’s sound is an important part of the overall driving experience.
Turbocharged engines are inherently quieter than normally aspirated counterparts, because the compressor’s turbine sits in the path of the exhaust and thus smooths out the outgoing sound. High performance turbo motors often sounds like jet engines, where all you hear is the sounds rushing air as it’s sucked in and expelled.
Ford points out that there is nothing “fake” about the engine sound coming from the stereo. This sound is not synthesized by the computer. It is the sound wave from the engine that has been altered to amplify some frequencies and cancel others.
Here is the story on the engine sound augmentation on the 2015 BMW i8 and the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. The video is also attached here.
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Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.