Great Brit: Noble M12 GTO 3R-News & Reviews-Unique Cars

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Noble M12 GTO

06 Jun 2012 | You don’t have to for the Mother Country to appreciate the performance of this low-volume

FROM THE ARCHIVES: First in Unique Cars #287, Jun

Old Blighty is a land of automotive On the downside, it’s the home of tax, a chequered manufacturing and Prince of Darkness electrics.

On the there are 18 race circuits per mile, a used Series 1 Elise costs about £9 and our masters love producing low high performance supercars.

One is Noble, a manufacturer of sportscars with true enthusiasts in If you’re not familiar with the that’s because they’ve officially been sold

So your only road-going is likely to be in Adelaide where Wright’s M12 GTO 3R now resides. This is his 3R, having owned one in the UK before Noble-less for a period. That do, so prior to moving to Oz, Steve to get another M12, patiently it for a year.

He recently arrived on our with the car registered as a personal

The M12 was the backbone of Noble’s production emerging from the Leicestershire in 2001 with a twin-turbo Ford V6, before being by the M12 GTO 3 with an uprated 3.0-litre, by the GTO 3R, as parked before me. Finally, the M12 ended with the M400, the powerful track-biased example.

Back in 2004 Australians close to being able to buy a new M12 GTO 3R, but Noble gave the exclusive rights to the short-lived MG group, our chances departed with the ZT 180 et al. So, did we miss? Should we be sulking?

Yes we

The M12 uses a steel spaceframe bonded and riveted alloy and firewalls that could at home in pitlane or a Group B park.

Manufactured in South the chassis and GRP composite bodywork was to the Noble factory for assembly and fitout. Close inspection quality construction and attention to particularly panel gaps and fit and

The body curves cohesively, the impression this car was designed as a rather than an amalgamation of or the result of decades of upgrading, Esprit-style.

The nose differs the preceding M12 GTO 3 with fully-moulded replacing recessed single that were early in appearance, resulting in a more look set off by the large carbonfibre

The rear is dominated by a carbonfibre perched above the swooping line, with a rear doing a commendable race car

Undo the flush screws the front and rear covers and reinforce the supercar appearance as front and rear body tilt away from the

Up-front, the first thing you is – nothing. No spare wheel, no for luggage and generally nothing non-essential to making the car stop, or function.

Tucked amongst the frame is a alloy radiator with thermo fans, brake and reservoirs and not much else. the wheelarch panels sits the double wishbone suspension and adjustable coil-overs.

If the front’s the back’s busy. Stuffed the firewall is a modified version of Duratec quadcam 3.0-litre V6, transversely with the Getrag gearbox tucked on the passenger with power fed via a Quaife differential.

In case you were the Duratec was too Mondeo, twin turbos take power and up to 263kW/475Nm. Combined with a weight of less than it’s easy to believe the time of 3.7secs and top speed of 270km/h.

There’s plumbing resembling a miniature desalination no doubt easy to follow for who runs a pool maintenance With the front-mount radiator the travels a fair distance lap, plus there’s a top-mount air-to-air intercooler the spoiler, isolated in a sealed box also houses twin air so there’s plenty of tubing too.

Add a couple of turbos and exhausts, and it’s no wonder a pipe or three. However, a glance reveals a logical, layout where provided the floor panel and a couple of panels are removed, access quite as nightmarish as first except the battery. Floor-mounted the engine and firewall, you’ll the battery police by never the water levels.

The rear also scores wishbone suspension with Bilstein coil-overs, and while the AP Racing brake rotors are the diameter front and rear at the rears are slightly narrower. AP four-spot callipers all-round care of clamping.

Wheels are to the GTO 3R, the 10-spoke alloys a Noble and measuring 18×8.5 (front) and (rear), with Bridgestone trusted to keep the thing on the

Steve’s happy with the habits and reliability, citing no particularly when compared previous rides which early Elise and Exige and an early Esprit, which tested his patience. The 3R on the other has done 10,000 pain-free

“I think you’ve just got to 15mins looking over the and you can keep on top of it,” he says. big things are okay, it’s the small niggly things. all replaced our rear exhaust

In terms of user friendliness, the rates surprisingly high, in comfort and driveability. The cabin is easily accommodating my 190cm with enough head for a helmet.

The one-piece leather seats are heavily bolstered but the leather-trimmed doors match, and the trim of the cabin works being a good balance of with just enough

The internal rollcage is trimmed in and there’s a choice of inertia and harness belts depending you are on track or road.

Visibility is forwards and decent out-back to the large rear window and big Probably the biggest downside is the of storage, with the door pretty much it unless you a seat forward. You couldn’t an overnight bag if you had a passenger.

The simple is to never take a passenger.

the weakest link in the fit and finish is the steering wheel and column, the wheel looking a bit too boy racer and the column surround appearing an disappearing to reveal exposed and wiring under the dash. you have to be lying on the road the door open to notice, and be easy to change the non-airbag

These are minor gripes fade once the start is engaged and the V6 crackles into At fast idle, there’s an rumble through the car that to occupants of something special.

around the ‘burbs, the 3R is highly with typical backstreet easily negotiated in third at speed thanks to strong and the small turbos. Coupled the comparatively roomy cabin, visibility, power steering and the but non-ABS brakes, there is no with suburban manoeuvrability, than the very low and long splitter as evidenced by the fact is on his third example.

It’s an combo: stunning torque that will keep you on the all day and enough explosive high rpm for the odd angry burst.

Meanwhile, the howl behind your coupled with a rorty that sounds astonishingly to a barking flat-six Porsche demands you drive everywhere spirit.

Dynamically, in the dry at least, the suggests it could handle more, and I suppose the M400 it can. Steering is direct, but not kart-quick. There’s an obvious in being able to cover clean sheet of design with a purpose-built chassis than trying to adapt a platform, so we shouldn’t be surprised by the prowess of the Noble.

The best way to describe it is to confirm it’s all you had hoped, both in of ability to change directions and its behaviour under high Helped by the tricky Quaife power can be applied with in the dry, though I would be in the wet for fear of overpowering the Bridgestones.

the suspension tune is one of the better to grace this earth, and controlled with no hint of pitch or movement, but compliant, up bumps and undulations with

It’s a truly entertaining car and the UK expertly fills that of supercar madness, but with practicality and poise to

appeal to a audience.

When MG bombed we were denied; we missed out on and its fantastic 3R.

2004 Noble M12 GTO 3R

steel spaceframe, GRP composite, coupe, full rollcage


Engine: 3.0-litre V6

Drivetrain: mid-mounted, RWD

Transmission: manual

Noble M12 GTO
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