The Jaguar I-Pace produces a fake noise to mimic the sound of an engine, and it sounds ridiculous.
Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, recently hit public roads. As the first real competitor to Tesla, it’s getting a lot of attention. One thing that’s especially getting attention is a curious design choice from Jaguar Land Rover engineers to include an artificial noise generator in the car to mimic the sound of an engine.
The sound they came up with (as recorded by Roadshow’s Tim Stevens) has the same general cadence of an engine, but everything sounds a little off. Here, we’ll show you what we mean:
It sort of sounds like what you’d imagine a futuristic car’s engine to sound like if you were watching a bad sci-fi movie.
The reality with a purely electric car is there already is some noise from the electric motors, but that noise is pretty high pitched, and only happens when you really put your foot down. Otherwise, the car is mostly silent as the motors only engage when there’s throttle to be applied. This can be off-putting for lifelong motorists who are expecting the thrum of a combustion engine at all times.
The solution, at least in Jaguar’s case, was to fake that engine noise. Whether or not they were successful is a matter of personal preference. Luckily, you can adjust the fake engine noise to your taste, turning it up, down, or even completely off.
This isn’t the only fake noise that the I-Pace makes. While under 12.5 mph the car is essentially silent, which poses a risk to pedestrians. So the I-Pace actually makes an acoustic tone to alert everyone around it while at low speeds.
Is it a little bit like alerting everyone around you that you’re driving an annoying electric car? Absolutely. Will it change the soundscape enough to actually prevent an accident? That’s more difficult to answer. We’ll have to wait and see.
No matter what your opinion, fake noise is starting to become an industry trend. The Porsche Taycan electric sedan (or the car formerly known as Mission E) will also perform its own pseudo-engine noise by shielding the high-frequency notes of the electric motor and bolstering the low-to-mid range frequencies.
What a world.