My Noble story started in 2008 when through a friend I found a non running Noble M12 , it supposedly had a knackered gearbox and engine problem , I bought the car very cheap with the idea of fixing it up and selling for a profit , little did I know I was heading for a love affair that has lasted 7 years !! And still going . Here she is after a couple of months of ownership .
he problems turned out to be seized linkage and the turbos had fell off the exhaust manifolds !!! cost £200 to fix then we were on the road !!
over the years I have pretty much rebuilt the entire car but first up was a sump upgrade and suspension work so I could get her on track !!
Hear we are at Silverstone , it turned out to be a brilliant car on track and after a year of track days and trip to Le man it was decided more power was needed , over the winter she was rebuilt and power was increased to 467 bhp and 420ftlb of torque , bade her feel pretty brisk ?
Her we are at Rockingham having fun .
There era is much more to the story if you guys are interested I will add more info ect .
these always make me think an elise and esprits lovechild. friend of mine was deciding bewteen getting one of these or a tvr. he has a chimera and as much as i like it i think i would have chosen the noble. good to see it being put to use.
Thanks guys , so far it's been an interesting jorney !!! She started life as a bog std 3 litre car with a 5 speed box , over the winter of 2008/9 I decided to remove the engine for some upgrades and to upgrade the 5 speed box , the engine had done 32000 miles as sounded sweet so an upgrade to valve springs and turbos along with modifieing the fuel system resulted in 468bhp which although very fast was also quite laggy so over the winter 2009/10 the engine was removed again and some more upgrades resulted in 500bhp which was deemed to be the max for the std engine . In 2010 along with the owners club we heady for Spa and the ring , both amazing places but for me Spa was truly epic !!
After many hours the engine bay started to look better !! It was a state when I first got her !!
In 2010 we did 10 track days !! Including spa twice !!
Yep she certainly surprised a few people !!! Over 2010 /11 more upgrades followed including new lower rear wishbones , adjustable dampers and lots of other small Tweeks to help with cooling , in 2011 another 11 track days were attended and I was really starting to come to terms with the incredible handling and power , I was 6 seconds a lap faster around Silverstone GP than in my Ultima !!!! 2011/12 saw some massive upgrades , out went the 5 speed box and a upgrade to a full motorsport 6 speed ment more power could be found , help from Jetstream motorsport and Martin Cheetham resulted in a brand new engine built with all forget internals , the plan was 600 bhp and 500ftlb of torque . There then followed the most difficult 3 months of car ownership I have ever been through !!!! Firstly the new gearbox was assembled incorrectly !! To get the box out the car the engine has to come out so in feb 2012 I had to take the brand new engine out !!! Box was sent away and fixed then I put it all back in ready for mapping . Then on mapping day the new engine dropped number 1 rod !!!!!!!!! Resulting in me having to remove the engine again !!! I was exhausted and quite frankly could have just left it in the garage !!!
Over 2012 it was also decided a colour change was in order and after discussion with a good mate who is a vehicle wrapper a pretty discreet colour was decided !!!
The end result for me was stunning , not to everybody taste but I thought she looked so aggressive in the green !!
On the engine front it turned out to be a faulty crank and in May of 2012 she made 612bhp and 500 ft lb of torque in a car that weighted 1090 kg !!! The performance was breathtaking !!!!