2007 Noble M400 Autoweek

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2007 Noble M400


Formula One legend Ayrton was once disenchanted with state of affairs. The early-’90s toward gizmo-laden cars with active suspension, control, ABS and semi-automatic gearboxes in his view, corrupted the art of driving and the field of driving talent. So Senna emerged from the of a Penske CART car devoid of all “driver aids” during a test in late 1992, his was pure and predictable. “It’s a car!” he enthused.

Remember words as you lower and fold into the Noble M400: sideways into the thinly carbon fiber bucket, your legs into the offset pedal box. Try not to like a complete tool the car to your back via the four-point racing harness—there is a regular too, but if you don’t like the of cinching up, perhaps you should on to the Jaguar dealer. Otherwise, the key and listen to the fuel pump’s breathing before awakening the twin-turbo Ford Duratec V6 a push of the starter button. your left foot the nearly pointless metal of a footrest and depress the clutch two-plus inches of formula travel—and engage first through the short-throw shifter.

Dial up some revs, say or so. 3…2…1…

Done. Sold. See ya.

The order form might you to think that this is new-era Coyote “kit” car for die-hards who just can’t to forget Hardcastle McCormick . But the acceleration, which easily up to the claimed 3.5-second 0-to-60-mph and fine fit-and-finish put an end to any concerns the M400’s origin.

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in the U.K. by former racer and Lee Noble, Hi-Tech Automotive the car in Port Elizabeth, South Hi-Tech ships rolling to U.S. distributor 1g Racing in Ohio, at the rate of six per month. there, you must source an and transmission; 1g Racing provides a of drivetrain distributors.

Noble this Ford V6—developed by AER and by Roush Racing. It is the same that powers the Mazda 6 and other Ford conveyances. But higher-lift cams, twin intercooler, forged pistons and rods, it’s now good for 425 hp at rpm and 390 lb-ft at 5000. The shifter, to a six-speed Getrag gearbox, is the weak link. It is generally to use, though the action at times.

Finding fifth and sixth is sometimes difficult and awkward at

An even more important 2337, as in pounds, the curb after engine installation in the steel space-frame chassis. The plastic body helps weight low, as does a lack of sound-deadening material. Add it all up and the comes to 401 hp per ton, hence the designation. But this is about more than speed-of-light runs, though passengers disagree: You’ve likely seen so many wide-eyed, facial contortions, followed by a mixture of laughter, screams and (these join a noxious of fuel vapor and exhaust invades the cockpit).

Every so often, a car comes that so mesmerizes body, and spirit that it taints view of all machines driven

As is the case here. This is for exceptional performance as a track-day standard full roll-cage as a reminder—but the M400 also pure driving experience you can use on the

The power amazes, but pitching the car a corner at speed mesmerizes more. The steering, light and a bit dead on-center, comes as lateral forces build. It loud and clear, and usually you that the chassis balance is that far more grip to be exploited.

So much grip, in that approaching its limits on but a racetrack is an insane exercise.


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The double-wishbone/coil-spring suspension is stiff and little body roll, yet is jarring nor unstable. Apply lock and the front end responds to the degree that ethereal cars such as Porsche’s new 911 (driven shortly after we the M400) feel sluggish and luxury-oriented in comparison.

Push too hard into a corner and the Noble understeers, but some steering and apply and the balance returns immediately. The remains well planted 95 of the time but dances at your foot’s command, coming into line with a of the steering wheel as the Quaife torque-biasing differential works out the The M400 rewards quick and reactions; there is of course no control or stability program to you out from oafish inputs.

Yet its surprise. The ride is comfortable, only by the biggest bumps and The AP Racing brakes are of the non-ABS with a firm pedal and feel.

However, our test car a pulse through the pedal, the of track days endured we took delivery. It’s easy to lock the brakes, but is modulated fairly easily.

The pedal has a long travel soon feels natural and is for the control it allows. And control is when the Garrett turbos to deliver their full 12 The boost hits like an bullet, engine shrieking and chirping behind you just each shift, the mid-range from 4500 rpm to the 7200-rpm rev crossing into the realm of

The soundtrack of engine, turbos and noise makes in-car or listening to the optional stereo challenging, but then that’s the The M400 defines “driver’s as well as anything on the planet. like a Caterham or Ariel might— might —cause you to just that bit more, but the is so much more useable the comparison is irrelevant.

At a starting of about $89,900 (if you install the yourself), the M400 comes up in a few spots. The Alcantara-lined minimalist is assembled well but doesn’t to mainstream competitors, and the plastic and Ford Mondeo switchgear are common. The roll-down windows lower two-thirds of the way, the optional a/c blows hot or cold nary a useful setting in

You probably won’t make long drives beyond getaways, as cargo capacity is to a six-piece custom luggage set fits in the crevice behind the But if these things concern well, you just don’t get it.

Mr. on the other hand, certainly

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