The Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Feature An Optional Engine Noise
What has this world come to?
1. An option will be available for the all-electric crossover that broadcasts engine noises into the cabin, making it feel more like an actual Mustang.
2. These engine noises will sound like they are coming from the front of the car, however in reality, they will be coming from the vehicles speakers.
Most gear heads are hung up on the fact that the Mach-E is not a real Mustang. Ford's answer? Fake engine noises! The engineering supervisor of the Mach-E, Leeway Ho, says "It's one of those things where we're trying to give people the Mustang experience." This is quite an interesting approach, if I do say so myself. Leeway also says "It's not just the power, it's the sound that comes with it. Without the sound, you're just a regular EV car." I think this is a great point, they're has to be some quirks that set a car apart from all the others, and this is one of them for the Mach-E.
While this isn't completely wack, seeing as the Federal safety regulators in the U.S require electric vehicles to make some sound while at low speeds, an engine sound is probably not what they were expecting. Turning the sounds on and off will be controlled through the settings, located somewhere in the huge infotainment system provided in the Mach-E.
How Does It Work?
So how does this magic happen you might ask? "It's electronically generated but it's based on vehicle torque," Leeway says, "It's taking a look at your incoming torque and power signals, speed and it's doing the math to say we should generate this frequency at this loudness." The sounds were developed using sound profiles from movies, machinery, the Formula-E race series, and even roller coasters! Ford says that the Mach-E sounds include "futuristic sound profile elements with hints of conventional Mustang sound elements."
Are Sounds Different In The Mach-E GT?
Heck yes! The noise also changes depending on which mode it is set to: Whisper, engaged, and unbridled. How will it change? It will be "cranked up more," Leeway said.
Leeway describes the new feature as "audio wizardry." Perfect.