October 11, 2017 at 4:24 PM
Whilst the sound of a V8 engine firing up is music to the ears of some, not all would agree - especially not those who have their weekend lie-ins frequently ruined by noisy cars. That's why Ford has developed a new performance exhaust system for the new Ford Mustang which includes Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start - fondly known as "Good Neighbour Mode" to Ford engineers.
The idea was the brainchild of Ford employee, Steve von Foerster, after police responded to noise complaints lodged by his neighbours about his loud car. “I love the sound of the V8 engine, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighbourhood. I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’” said von Foerster, a former engineer.
Mustang's Quiet Start goes one better than existing sports cars, which currently offer active exhaust systems that can be turned off, by offering noise scheduling. For example, between 9pm and 8am, Mustang owners can eliminate the V8 engine's roar. According to one of Ford's exhaust development engineers, the noise level is reduced to a more comfortable 72 decibels with Quiet Start activated. Furthermore, the new exhaust system automatically adjusts the decibel level of the exhaust note depending on the selected drive mode.
Read more about Ford Mustang's new exhaust developments here.