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Lee Noble Launches Fenix Automotive, Plans New V-8 Supercar

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Noble Automotive Ltd., more commonly known simply as Noble, is a British sports car manufacturer that was established by Lee Noble back in 1999. The company’s lineup has consisted of a series of high-performance mid-engined sports cars and is about to gain a new addition in the form of the 650-horsepower M600 on sale next year.

The founder of the company, Lee Noble, however, actually sold it off in August of 2006 and eventually retired back in February of last year. Noble was never one to sit on his hands, however, and has since launched a new company called Fenix Automotive for a brand new supercar.

Due for launch next year, the Fenix Automotive supercar will be a two-seater mid-engined vehicle with 650-horsepower and cost upwards of £100,000 (approximately $162,504).

Noble is working on the latest project in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and has enlisted the help of the same people that helped build the previous Noble M12 sports car. Noble is yet to reveal the name of his latest creation, however, he has revealed that it will run on gasoline and feature double wishbone suspension with steel brakes plus a spaceframe chassis.

Several different versions will be developed, with power ranging from about 400 to 650 horsepower. The gearbox will be a Graziano six-speed manual unit, which incidentally is the same one used in the upcoming Noble M600.

Other details include a 2,645-pounds kerb weight and a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.5 seconds.

According to Noble, the car will feature a special feature that will make compliant on the road or the track. The first prototype is already in development and production should start in the middle of next year. Only 100 units are planned and no details have been released on whether it will be manufactured in left-hand drive.

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  1. Do people actually buy these cars? Aren't those so called "super cars" from established manufacturers enough to satisfy the needs of the super rich? Why can't these resources be spent on developing cheerful, small, and fun sports cars that many can enjoy? Enough BS and lets give more people more fun cars.
     
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  2. Ever since I spotted a blue Noble on a flatbed for local delivery here in Upsate NY, I have been a fan. Theyre real user friendly track assault machines built with a purpose and theyre beautiful. I look forward to seeing what the sly old gent has come up with now! And Aiman, yes people buy these, no there will never be too many supercars, the super rich can never be satisfied and the resources spent are miniscule compared to large scale production volumes like Minis and Smartcars, silly argument AFAIK.
     
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  3. The appeal of these cars are hard to ignore, beacause no matter the price there are people who will buy them. These are apparent in the companies that begin and sell these type of cars. The passion of the people whom start these companies is evident in their products.
     
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  4. Three years after Lee Noble left his namesake company, he now works on his first project – a closed-roof, mid-engined two-seater that produces up to 650hp. The vehicle, which will cost less than £100,000, is slated to go on sale in 2010.
     
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