Watch 'Retired' V6, V8 And V10 Single-Seaters Make A Lovely Racket At Monza

This footage from the BOSS GP series features an eclectic mix of single-seater racing cars from the past, all producing very lovely noises
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We’ve had eight seasons to get used to the noise of F1’s hybrid powertrains. The disappointment of these 1.6-litre V6 units during the early days feels like a long time ago, and thanks to some epic racing in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, it feels like most are over the issue of a lesser aural spectacle. And yet, occasionally a video like this pops up to make us pine for the good ol’ days.

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It contains footage from the BOSS GP series at Monza circuit (by the looks of it a practice or qualifying session) shot earlier this month. The name stands for ‘Big Open Single Seaters’, and it’s a broad church of a series, catering for stuff from F1 and other formula series too.

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From F1 we have a Benetton B197 from the 1997 season with its 3.0-litre Renault V10 switched for a 4.2-litre Judd engine of the same configuration, a Toro Rosso STR1 packing a Cosworth V10, and the team’s later STR3 F1 with a Ferrari 2.4-litre V8. There are Dallara GP2 cars from 2005, 2008 and 2011 all powered by a 4.0-litre Mecachrome/Renault 4.0-litre V8, a Dallara World Series car with a Zytek V8, and finally a Lola T96/50 F3000 car using an Alfa Romeo V6.

A diverse range of power plants, then. All together and one track, they make for a spectacular cacophony of internal combustion.


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