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Making the Hybrid sound like a sports car engine

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#1 OFFLINE   C0recollector

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 11:27 PM

I got this bright idea (debateable, I know) to make my hybrid vehicle sound like a sports or muscle car. My thought was to use my bluetooth ODB2 adapter to grab the RPM data on my Android Torque app and find some way to send that to a bluetooth (or hardwired) speakers in the hood. 

 

Then I discovered several apps in the playstore that already seemed like they would do exactly this. But after trying them I see problems working with hybrids and I'm wondering if anyone here has any good ideas (or has already figured out a solution). 

 

Here are four apps I found:

 

XLR8 - Uses only GPS and phone sensors. Reaction time is delayed. Engine sounds seem the best of the lot. Won't go to landscape mode.

SoundRacer OBD2 - Uses OBD2 RPM sensor. Odd interface

DragFX - Connected to OBD2 and read the RPM sensor correctly. Less than realistic sound.

OBD2Engine Sound - Didn't try this one yet

 

The problem is that all the apps that use OBD2 sensors turn off when in EV mode and that just defeats the purpose of emulating a real engine. None of them let you choose a different sensor (I'm not sure which one would actually work best). 

 

I looked at the Torque plugins but didn't see anything that would do this.

 

Any other ideas?


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#2 OFFLINE   inco

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:01 AM

I agree that idea is debateable. No arguments from here about that and I'm now at the age where the sound isn't needed or beneficial any more. I guess I have 'matured' ;)

 

Giving it some thought though we do have electric cars now that are too quiet and a danger for some folks, especially those who may be blind. I recall Nissan was exploring that issue and perhaps Tesla, Mitsu may be also. However your desire is to be heard in a different manner - power and all - like good old straight pipes with mufflers removed. Perhaps the Nissan Leaf forum or other similar forums, have ideas. You want your noise full time and I get it and maybe those sites can help you with some ideas.

 

I had a Suburban a few years back with the 454. A couple of Flowmasters added made all the difference, in fact I called it the "Thunderburb". The sound was sweet. My SIL thought I was crazy doing it, but I explained that aside from giving it "tude" or attitude, it was done to help improve the mileage! :happy feet:


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#3 OFFLINE   SteveB_TX

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:07 AM

:lurk:


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:14 AM

If I wanted mine to make noise, I would go a completely different route.

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

 

Now There would be a unique sound! 

 

For what you want to do, I would think tying it to the accelerator pedal would be a better way to go. Reason being, the ICE in the Hybrid doesn't REV up like on conventional cars.  So you would need an app that would read MPH and pedal position, then based on an algorithm of a muscle car, create the exhaust notes and shift points regardless of what the ICE and EV is doing. 


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#5 OFFLINE   C0recollector

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:14 PM

If I wanted mine to make noise, I would go a completely different route.

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

 

Now There would be a unique sound! 

 

For what you want to do, I would think tying it to the accelerator pedal would be a better way to go. Reason being, the ICE in the Hybrid doesn't REV up like on conventional cars.  So you would need an app that would read MPH and pedal position, then based on an algorithm of a muscle car, create the exhaust notes and shift points regardless of what the ICE and EV is doing. 

Exactly my thoughts.

 

Any ideas on how to implement short of learning how to write a native Android app?

 

I did find on Torque that the "PedalE(%)" option seems to measure the pedal position very accurately. Speed is also working great. I guess the best option to date is to ask one of the existing app developers to add an option to measure a different attribute than RPM for us hybrid owners or to find someone that could write a Torque plug-in.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 03:49 AM

I want mine to sound like the Jetsons car


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:24 AM

Bat Mobile!


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 02:48 PM

This reminds me of the Formula One drivers. They recently switched their cars to hybrids. The big fear was that the cars wouldn't be powerful or fast enough (which turned out not to be true) but now the drivers complain that they aren't loud enough! They're looking into ways to make them louder.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:40 PM

I'm just glad that changing the ICE Air Intake got rid of most of the noise that sounded like Calvin giving the Raspberry --->  20431778063calvin12_zpscb6eb2eb.jpg


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:48 PM

Sounds more like when my horse has Colic and starts farting after treatment.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

Figure a way to clip a baseball card on the side of your wheel like you did to your bike when you were younger. 


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 06:17 PM

I couldn't afford baseball cards. I used cardboard I got from the grocery stores. It give a more rich, deeper sound and lasts longer.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 06:56 PM

I used credit cards that I found in the trash. :)


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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:34 PM

Who are you trying to impress?  I mean....HEY, these kids and their rice burners with the fart can mufflers are bad enough going down the road sounding like they need to upshift into the next gear are bad enough. Taking an "executive looking" car like the Fusion and making it sound loud?  Bubba, PLEEZE, give me a break!


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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:42 PM

Don't take this 6 month old thread so seriously... seems like nothing more than some fun banter.

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:52 PM

I got some Ford Mustang V-8 audio tracks off a site and put them on a thumb drive and plugged it into my 2010 FFH. Sometimes I'll roll down the windows at a stop or parking lot and select one and play it real loud with the Sony system. Stupid but fun.


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Posted 28 November 2014 - 03:45 PM

I agree that idea is debateable. No arguments from here about that and I'm now at the age where the sound isn't needed or beneficial any more. I guess I have 'matured' ;)

 

Giving it some thought though we do have electric cars now that are too quiet and a danger for some folks, especially those who may be blind. I recall Nissan was exploring that issue and perhaps Tesla, Mitsu may be also. However your desire is to be heard in a different manner - power and all - like good old straight pipes with mufflers removed. Perhaps the Nissan Leaf forum or other similar forums, have ideas. You want your noise full time and I get it and maybe those sites can help you with some ideas.

 

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"Giving it some thought though we do have electric cars now that are too quiet and a danger for some folks, especially those who may be blind."

I really don't think this is only a problem with EV. My last car, a 2011 MKS was so quiet you could not hear it unless you were right next to it, whether it was running or not :shift: .



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Posted 02 December 2014 - 10:06 AM

Here she comes now sayin' Mony Mony



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Posted 15 March 2015 - 02:42 PM

I have the loud tires rumbling on my Jeep..it's nice to get in my 13 FFH and here nothing...well maybe a slight rattle on the backseat...personal opinion I'm maturing and the tuner sound is annoying and now the gas trucks with the monster "diesel" exhaust is also ridiculously annoying. Fast and quiet FFH
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 05:17 PM

Im thinking of getting an 05 F150 with the 5.4 and putting a Magnaflow system on it. VRROOOOM. For those days when I need a little reminder of how quiet my car is. 


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