One of the defining differences between men and women is in how funny each gender finds farts. The humor doesn’t lie in the olfactory aspect of the emanation, but in its aural properties. Decibel level, duration, and octave are all factors by which flatulence is judged by men, while women tend to be tone deaf to the whole thing. As you know however, she who smelt it, dealt it.
Auto exhausts are much like our own, and there is debate over what exactly makes up a proper exhaust note. Some people like the hive of flaming bees that seems to be the auditory output of many a fartcan equipped ricer, while others appreciate the deep rumble distilled from a fat V8 through a set of restriction-free glass packs. Hybrid drivers – like the ladies – typically would rather never be reminded that their cars even have exhausts!
What about you, is the sound your car makes as important as what it does while making it? I started thinking about this in the middle of a pedal to the floor acceleration run in a top of the line Tesla Model S. That was a surreal experience as the car is ghostly silent while still plastering eyelids to foreheads as it leaps forward. That car has amazing, super car like acceleration, but lacks the aural accompaniment one usually associates with such effort. It was weird and it got me thinking about the overall experience we may expect of our cars. What do you think, is a car’s exhaust note important to you?
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