Formula One Engine Break-In. Music To My Ears.

If you didn’t know, I am a big Formula One fan. Watch to the end this video of an F1 engine break-in. It’s music to my ears, especially at 18,000 rpm (idle at 6000 rpm). Several times had the opportunity to be a spectator of the F1 Monte-Carlo Grand Prix (it was last weekend). What you hear is amplified by noise reverberation on the walls of the city tall buildings x 25 cars. Better wear ear plugs. Watch the exhaust turn red and notice the mechanic standing on the right. If he is not deaf, he is going to be very soon…(thanks Mike)

15 Responses to “Formula One Engine Break-In. Music To My Ears.”

  1. 1 TodT May 23rd, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Wow! Spectacular, how fun would that be?

  2. 2 Jeremy May 23rd, 2010 at 7:43 am


  3. 3 Larry R May 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Would have liked to be there. Thanks, Cyril, that is awesome.

  4. 4 Ken Glenn (Rat Judge) May 23rd, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I have one up on you Cyril. Here is a link to a formula one engine that sings a song. Realy!

  5. 5 JimC May 23rd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    absolutely cool. It would be a life long experience to have the opportunity to travel to Monte Carlo and watch the race. awesome.

  6. 6 1550tc May 23rd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Cyril, do the math per second on the up and down movement of a piston doing 18,000 rpm its unblievable how these engines last 200 miles!!!

    I love the techno wizzadry of f1 but nothing beats a WOO sprint car doing 10-11 second laps on a tight 3/8 dirt track!

  7. 7 1550tc May 23rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm


    If your an f1 fan you will love this artcile from 05 on the plugs!-column

  8. 8 ROCKSTAR May 24th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    MotoGP & WSBK > F1 & Nascar

  9. 9 A 1 cycles inc. May 24th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    no matter the rpm and sound piston speeds over 6000 ft. per second break things! that 200 gram piston weighs over 14,000 pounds at the top of the stroke! its crazy..and f1 is so takes about 20 years for f1 technology to reach our motorcycles and about 10 for the cars to reap the benefits..amazing stuff

  10. 10 cwglide May 24th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    WOW, that is crazy. Is this how they break in F1 motors? Or are they testing the point of engine failure? Thanks Cyril, fun watching it.

  11. 11 Sturgis biker May 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Cyril there is not a sweeter sound on this planet than that of a F1 engine. Thanks for the link.

  12. 12 maroco May 24th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Big power,in theory this cars can run up side down in a tunel.

  13. 13 Chief Waldo May 24th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    F1 engines are made to such tight tolerances, that they can’t even turn over when they’re cold. They have to be hooked up to heated coolant and oil supplies and given time to get to operating temperature before they can even be cranked over and started.

    There’s some amazing technology there…

  14. 14 Greghor Oct 7th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi, glad to visit you..

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