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Noble M12

January 11th, 2009 by Rolph · No Comments

Now this is exactly the kind of car that I was not expecting in the parking lot of a Tesco’s, on a Thursday night somewhere in one of Essex’ many sleepy towns. Some 2000 of these cars were produced, so it isn’t the rarest of finds, but still. I was pleasantly surprised. The pictures aren’t that good, really, but a camera phone and poor light conditions just don’t match. It is not all that likely to spot one in the Netherlands, so I will post the pictures anyway. At least till better ones come around! šŸ˜‰

Some facts straight from Wikipedia: Like the Noble M10, the Noble M12 is a two-door, two-seater model, originally planned both as a coupe and as a convertible. All M12s have been powered by modified turbocharged Ford Duratec V6 engines. The M12 has a full steel roll cage, steel frame, and G.R.P. (fibre glass) composite clam shell body parts. These cars are extremely lightweight and stiff. Although looking to be track derived, the M12 performs very well on both road and track, with surprisingly good ride quality, but a rigid feel. This is achieved by having no anti-roll bars on the car. This allows suspension to be made hard without making a back breaking ride.

The coupe evolved through four versions, of Noble Cars itself. Indeed the M400 is an ultimate version of the M12. After the production of these 4 coupe variants, Noble Cars sold the rights for the production of this model to “1G Racing” an US company which, starting from 2008, is going to sell a new model based on the M12.: the “Rossion Q1”. And there is another company which is also going to production with a model developped from the M12: Salica Cars 1 with their Salica GT and Salica GTR

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