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The new Formula One season is upon us. Behold The Chemical Brothers’ 15,000 bpm remix.

The 2019 Formula One racing season is about to begin which means more stupidly fast and expensive cars roaring around tracks from Australia (the site of Sunday’s race) to Canada (June 9 in Montreal) to the final race in Abu Dhabi on December 1.

These cars are miracles of engineering and much of what is learned by F1 teams eventually makes it into the vehicles we drive today.

This year’s cars will all use 1.6 litre turbocharged 90-degree V-6 engines capable of winding up to an insane 15,000 RPM. That’s a little higher than the tach goes on your car, innit?

These specs gave the PR wonks at F1 an idea. They asked The Chemical Brothers to create “the fastest remix of all time.” Tom Rowlands thought this was a great idea.

The result, known as “WGTT15000BPM F1 NEEEUM MIX,” is a 15,000 bpm version of their song “We’ve Got to Try,” which will appear on the Chems’ upcoming album. It’s not long–three seconds, actually–but it’s supposed to mimic the sound of an F1 car at full bore.

That’s it. And yes, it’s on streaming services. And although streaming payments don’t kick in until the song runs for 30 seconds, F1 paid Tom and Ed a healthy commission in advance. It will also be used as “the new global sonic identity for F1.” If you’re a fan, you’ll be hearing this a lot starting this weekend.

Here is the original version of the song. As a friend of mine says “Dogs make everything better.”


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