There is no doubt that Tesla cars have electrifying performance but going from 0 to 60 in three seconds without a rumbling engine sound is not a complete experience for a sportscar lover. This can now be solved with a fake external noise of a V8, or V10 or V12 engine.
Electric cars are the future and as the desirability and value evolves quickly with time, but with their silent operation they also pose a problem to pedestrians and visually impaired individuals. To tackle this problem, a UK firm has developed a bolt-on fake exhaust system for electric cars. Milltek Sport exhaust company has started shipping the Active Sound V2 fake exhaust system for electric cars, which was showcased at last year’s SEMA auto show in Las Vegas.
The new product, like its predecessor V1, can be controlled form the Milltek Sport Active Sound Control app and features 8 pre-loaded tunes that range from 5 cylinder to V12. The Active Sound V2 system features a carbon fibre speaker that is housed inside a motorsport grade stainless-steel exhaust. The system can be installed and used like a plug-and-play kit and creates realistic exhaust sound that is algorithmically determined based on road speed, accelerator position and speed of the motor.
New features include ‘A Mode’ and a pop/crackle output, which is activated to lend a performance exhaust experience when the foot is taken off the throttle. The A Mode adjusts the sound of the system to match that of a petrol engine according to the rev range. The Active Sound V2 can be retrofitted to various types of vehicles, while the installation has been simplified with the Bluetooth receiver and sound generator integrated into a single unit.
As the electric vehicles increase in population on the public roads of the world, it is equally important to make their presence known to road users. The European Union already has a directive that mandates all electric and hybrid cars to emit sound warnings to cyclists and pedestrians when used at low speeds. As the speed increases, the tire noise and wind resistance noise are enough to make the cars audible.
In India, there is a similar system introduced by Revolt Motors with its RV400 electric motorcycle. The RV400 can be configured with four pre-loaded sounds – Revolt, Rebel, Roar and Rage that can be selected through the MyRevolt app that is paired to the motorcycle.