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Noble's Fenix takes flight

2010-01-07 07:39
Rising from the ashes as it were, Lee Noble's new supercar goes on sale later this year and his new company Fenix Automotive has released the first images and details.

Regarded by the man himself as being a "natural, but more focused" successor to his iconic M12, Noble also announced the source of firepower for his latest creation.

A choice of two GM-sourced engines will be offered for the new car - a 358-kW V8 for the "base" model and a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 with 478-kW on tap that has been pilfered from the latest Corvette ZR1.

Fenix Automotive targets a kerb weight of 1 200 kg, which also means that the company's projected 0 - 160 km/h sprint time of under seven seconds will not really come as a surprise.

As for the car's design, Noble admits that while the M12 was massively successful, the new car needed something extra.

“The new car’s styling owes nothing to what I’ve done before and has quite literally been a ‘clean sheet’ exercise from the start. It’s edgy, with powerful lines, and aerodynamically will be in another league to any of my previous cars,” Noble assured.

He's also promised that development will start in around a month's time. Residents in and around Port Elizabeth should keep their camera phones ready.

“We’ll be hot-weather testing the first prototype on the mountain roads around Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where the car will be manufactured," Noble said.

If the might of the M12 and M400 are anything to go by, the latest car seems very, very promising.


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