The Abarth 500e has been making waves in the automotive industry with its exclusive Sound Generator function that transforms it into an electric hot hatch with an unexpected combustion engine roar. This unique feature has been created by a dedicated team of sound designers in collaboration with the Sound Design Studio of Stellantis, the same entity that validated the sound of the historic Abarth exhaust system, the Record Monza.
The project, which lasted about two years, involved over 6,000 hours of analyzing and creating the perfect sound for each stage of the driving experience. The technical director followed the management phase of the project. At the same time, NVH specialists worked on sound improvement, focusing on both the creative and technological parts of the sound creation process, following the different stages from software development to sound creation.
Part of the tests and sound studies were performed in a semi-anechoic chamber, where the current sound of the Abarth petrol engine was recorded during all the different phases of the driving experience: acceleration, deceleration, braking, fast cornering, and much more. Specific sound calibrations were also carried out to create a new sound in a virtual matrix enriched by additional tones.
The matrix has been tested offline in the studio and on the static car through various iterations and setups to get the perfect blend of output. Thanks to the software, the matrix adapts the various sound components to obtain the best immersive result for the driver. Additional sounds have been layered onto the matrix to blend the historic Abarth sound with the futuristic feel found on the new Abarth 500e.
The Sound Generator System is directly proportional to the car's driving speed, and the sound is processed differently through the external rear loudspeaker. From IDLE to SIGNATURE, the Sound Generator offers a range of sounds that maintain the typical timbre of Abarth's internal combustion engines.
The new Abarth 500e electric sports car can offer all the luxury car features in just 3.6 meters without renouncing the irreverence inherent in the brand's DNA. Thanks to the Sound Generator, it is the only Hot Hatch able to evoke the sound of the historic ICE and to supply the acoustic power of a sporty ICE engine that reaches the limits allowed by the homologation regulations.
The Abarth 500e is a perfect fit for those passionate about technology, as it combines cutting-edge electric power with the classic Abarth sound. I can attest that the sound generated by the Abarth 500e is on par with the main cars in the higher segment, paying homage to 75 years of adrenaline-pumping racing engines.
The Abarth 500e is a joy to drive. Its unique sound adds an extra level of excitement to the driving experience. Whether you are cruising on the highway or zipping through city streets, the Abarth 500e offers a fun and exhilarating ride.
The Abarth 500e designed by Stellantis Sound Design Studio is a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation and excellence. Its exclusive Sound Generator function offers a unique driving experience that will impress Abarth enthusiasts and automotive enthusiasts alike. So, why not take a test drive and experience the Abarth 500e electric sports car for yourself? You won't be disappointed!
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