The Noble M12 was the brainchild of Lee Noble, it was meant to compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche at a much lower price. The M12 is track car with a license plate powered by a twin-turbo Ford V6.
Lee Noble has a rare talent for setting up the chassis on his cars so not only is it quick but very useable. This isn’t a grand tourer since there’s little in the way of luggage space as standard but for fast road driving or track days it delivers in a way that nothing can do better.
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2005 Noble M12
|GTO-3R Coupe||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||RWD||6M||3.3 sec||11.8 sec @ 118 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
A Brief Glimpse at the History
Lee Noble is a British car designer and engineer who founded Noble Automotive in Leicester in 1999 after working on low volume cars with astronomical price tags for Ultima, Prosport and Ascari. He wanted to keep the ethos of these niche cars but he also wanted to dramatically reduce manufacturing and retail prices and make pure drivers cars.
This is a formula that has traditionally ended in disaster (or, more often than not, bankruptcy and subsequent obscurity) but since he came out with the 2.5-litre V6 M10 in 1999 that looked not too dissimilar to the Toyota MR2, he hasn’t looked back.
Noble M12 Specs
- Engine: Ford duratec V6, 2544cc displacement, 314HP @ 6,000 RPM
- Torque: 320 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm
- Transmission: 5 speed manual
- Steering: Hydraulic power steering
- Braking System: Four-wheel power-assisted discs with ABS, and with front and rear ventilated discs
- Curb Weight: 2161 lbs
- Top Speed: 165mph
- 0-60 time: 3.9 seconds
The Noble M12 pulls supercar numbers at the track: the quarter-mile happens in 11.8 seconds at 118 mph, and it pulls an even 1.00 g on the skidpad. As a reference point one of the fastest cars of its time was the $448,000 Porsche Carrera GT that was able to do the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 132 mph. When talking about a car that is almost as fast as the Porsche Carrera GT it would expected for its components to be sophisticated but it is the opposite the that, the chassis is made from steel tubes, and the body is fiberglass. The mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 360-hp V-6 uses the engine block from a Ford Taurus, and the six-speed transmission is from the European Ford Mondeo.
The M12 is fitted with racing harnesses and racing seats, providing race car like crash safety. To help drivers with its extreme performance the M12 comes with ABS, traction control, 330mm discs up front and 300mm discs at the back.
Comfort and Quality
You won’t find Porsche or Audi build quality or refinements in an M12, there is a radio and good air conditioning and that’s about it in the comfort department of the M12. The buyers of the Noble M12 were not buying it for its quality or comfort, they were buying it for its outright speed.
To learn more about Noble M12, visit the official Noble website.
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