Dodge introduced the Charger Daytona Banshee electric muscle sports car concept in the middle of last year. It was the first demonstration of what a future of powerful American vehicles without internal combustion engines might look like. But the car doesn’t want to give up its iconic sound. That’s why Dodge is working on a unique Fratzonic sound system. But the first version didn’t exactly wow fans. Now they’re trying it with a refined second version.
Quiet electric cars have no soul
We’re still used to the idea that sound is the soul of a car. That’s what Dodge believes, and that’s why they’re constantly working to improve the new sound system. It’s not just digital. The SRT division has added a musical instrument to the car. The principle of the instrument is reminiscent of an organ. A stream of air passes through tuned tubes and the result is an almost combustion car rumble. Listen to the Charger for yourself, this is already a success.
The first version was not nearly as pleasing to the ears of fans. It was too electronic and artificial and lacked deep tones and didn’t resemble the sound made by the engine. So the developers worked on a new version and presented it for the first time to visitors at the Chicago Auto Show last week.
Organ and speakers instead of exhaust
The power, volume and other aspects of speech are related to the position of the accelerator pedal and the speed of the car. And they certainly don’t skimp on volume. It maxes out at 126 decibels, the same as the exhaust of the most powerful Hellcat with an internal combustion engine. If you’re already loving this performance and can tick another box on the new electric car’s features list, you’ll have to wait a little longer.
Production isn’t scheduled to start until next year. In the meantime, the developers can continue to work on improving the near-perfect sound replica. But it’s good to know that it’s not just Dodge that’s working on such a system, even if it’s the furthest along in fidelity of all its competitors so far. Lamborghini has already applied for a patent on the sound of its hybrid 12-cylinder. Even Ferrari is working on a patent for its future pure electric models.