One of the big things people like to complain about when it comes to EVs, other than price, is the noise they make – or lack thereof. Now, an exhaust system company has come up with a complex sound system that you can fit to your EV to make it sounds like an angry V8 muscle car.
Created by exhaust manufacturer Borla, the system comprises a 300-watt amplifier and dual 6×9 inch drivers that are fitted beneath the rear of the car. Once fitted, the Active Performance Sound system allows EV drivers to give their car the roar of a V8, reports Business Insider. The site explains:
For now, the system is available just for the F-150 Lightning and for Ford’s Mustang Mach-E. The system comes pre-loaded with a few different sound profiles: a Shelby Mustang GT500, Mustang GT 5.0L, Charger SRT 392 and Corvette C8 — notably, no sound profile from an actual Ford F-150.
And the company plans on offering more than just regular engine sounds, too. Users will be able to access a sound library through an upcoming app that is “ever-expanding with internal-combustion favorites and imagined sounds of the future,” according to the company’s website. The company says it’s working with FX artists to create other more alternative sound options like jet fighters or sci-fi propulsion noises.
So if you want your Mustang Mach-E to sound a bit more like a fighter jet, then you might be interested to learn how the $1,600 system all works. Well, according to Borla, the system connects to the EV and collects data like throttle position, RPM, braking, motor load, wheel speed and more. This is then fed into the system’s Digital Signal Processor, which turns all that data into an engine note that changes with your driving.
TikTok user TFLstudios shared a clip of the kit in action at SEMA, showing off the synthetic engine note that can be produced. In the clip, which is linked above, the system is fitted to an F-150 Lightning and it sounds fine. It’s not quite like the real thing but remains a far cry from the screech of a Formula E car.
What do you think? Would you prefer your Mustang Mach-E to sound like it’s got the beating heart of a Charger installed up front, or do you prefer the futuristic hum that comes with most modern EVs on sale today? Let us know in the comments below.