AN Anechoic Chamber sounds like somewhere Hannibal Lecter was kept in jail.
But it’s got nothing to do with Silence of the Lambs.
It’s actually got everything to do with noise of a Big Cat though.
The Jaguar F-Type SVR rips from 60mph in just 3.5 seconds all the past 200mph.
On its tail end, it has a large spoiler that actively ensures proper aerodynamics are at work. From its tailpipes, it undoubtedly roars out the best sounding exhaust note from any modern production car.
But remarkably this F-Type SVR, besides being a glorious sporting coupe, has the soul of an artist.
To highlight the sound made by the F-Type SVR, Jaguar turned to science and art. Jaguar assembled a set of speakers, a set of plates, millions of tiny seeds, and the car in its Anechoic Chamber in Gaydon, England, with the idea of creating art.
The “Art of Sound” Cymatics project used the sound from the F-Type SVR piped through the speakers and up at the large plates above them. On top of the plates, the seeds danced to the frequencies produced by the car. The result? Sonic art.
As you can see in the video Jaguar produced, as the exhaust tone pops and snarls its way up through the rev range, the seeds dance differently as the tone and frequency of the sound produced changes. This results in shifting artwork created by the very sound itself. Those various sounds are represented by different patterns on the plates.
It’s a dramatic way to visualise what our ears hear. It’s also rather cool to use a car to create art in this manner.
Best enjoyed with a nice glass of Chianti, apparently.