db sound tests

Could anyone please tell me what the usual method for sound tests are at track days.ie distance from exhaust and RPM on static test ditto for drive by.I have been told that a lot of tracks are quite tolerant within reason!.What have been other peoples experiences and has anyone been stopped for this reason.I ask because I have hired a meter from book-a-track and am looking to book a few days shortly.Also A good question Isuppose would be where are the more tolerant venues

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You have to check each venue and each date as some have noisey days and quiet days - here is a typical “low noise one” - Look at venue information on the Bookatrack site.

98dB @ 0.5m, 45� from Exhaust, � max RPM. 87� dB Drive-by

Bear in mind that the 3/4 max RPM puts an exige at 6K - you can try it lower to cheat a bit but often you get too much “burble” or missing so try your noise meter at different RPM’s but bear in mind they often have no idea what the max is and will often accept anywhere from 4.8K upwards

Try to hold the revs steady as well at your chosen setting, this can have a great effect…

Driveby is not just exhuast noise, so inlet roar/reasonance can have an effect on that.

Its worth noting that the 0.5m at 45 degree is the same as the MSA 12.17.8 and here they state that measurements must be taken outside with no large reflecting objects ( walls etc ) within 3m and background noise should be at least 10dba below the tested level.

The driveby should be done witin 8m of the car as that is the maximum where the direction is controlable.


My car with 190 upgrade, plus Supersports exhaust & de-cat pipe was regularly measured at Oulton at “bang on” the 106db limit - but at [color:“red”]5250 rpm!!! [/color]

Last week, at Oulton, after fitting the Eliseparts silenced de-cat pipe, I asked (cos they weren’t going to do it) to be sound tested. Result = [color:“green”]100db at 5750 rpm [/color]

Mine with exact same setup as Pesky also reaches about 100 dba … so seems right to me !

I have the Powerspeed exhaust to fit next week so we will see if that helps at all

With regards to the noise restrictions, I did some poking around.

“…the sound generated reaches a level of 100 dB, loud enough to cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes per day!”

At 106db, after 4 minutes, it can cause “serious and permanent ear damage” :open_mouth:

Does anyone wear earplugs?

Does anyone wear earplugs?

Pardon, could you repeat that please

Is the Elise parts replacement something that can be done at home or a dealer job?.Anxious to get this sorted as I spent a day at Elvington a couple of weeks ago and it’s sort of give me the erge to do a few more track day’s.(If I can afford the tyres)




Technically it’s an easy job - undertray off, then direct access to the existing cat (or cat replacement pipe)which is approx 15" long.

Only problem is getting underneath the car to get the undertray off - without a ramp or a trolley jack PLUS axle stands.

Job will take between 30mins & 1 hour - depending upon above comment.

Thank’s Rob, Looks like the next job then.I have a set of spanners a trolley jack and stands,just need to get the mrs a pair of overalls and job’s a good un.Oh and by the way I have a funny story about a sun visor when you have five.



Without stating the obvious (oh go on then, I will!) - make sure your car is warmed through prior to a noise check - cold exhausts are much noisier.

My car is about 107 dB when cold (according to MSA scrutineers at Sprints), and drops to 102 dB when above about 65 degrees - and you don’t want to be thrashing it at high revs colder than that anyway

Steve you may want to make sure you’ve got a new set of bolts just in case you have to cut the old’uns off. Gets a bit hot near the Cat!


Eliseparts silenced de-cat pipe, Powerspeed system … 93db

at 5500 and 0.5m at 45 degree today at Curborough

Ok ,so today I did a test with the meter at .5mtr at 45 degrees from the exhaust reading at a constant 5000rpm was 101db,but lift off to quick and the resulting snap crackle and pop wang the metre around to 117db.So i think the answer must be rev the car if tested to about 4500rpm and then gently lift off. should give me a reading of about 98-99 db (according to my mate with the meter).Or am I being a little to optimistic.

Thanks for the input so far.



I think your optimistic !

4500 is a bit low and most noise testers will know your trying it on to be honest …

However, the test is at the constant revs - ie 5K - just hold it at that until he tells you “ok”