Review Noble M12 GTO 3-R New car

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Noble M12 GTO

Review of the new Noble M12 GTO 3-R



(6.2 out of 10)

REVIEW 23 июл 2004

Noble Established Its With The original M12 GTO. The 3R Model TakesThe Company New Territory. Andy Enright


In you were wondering how the Noble M12 GTO has burst onto the scene, plaudits and awards at every a short history lesson may be in Technical Director Lee Noble up the story. Having raced and Formula Three, about years ago I decided to try to build myself. A succession of specialist followed, most notably the and Ultima models, two of which used as development vehicles for McLaren F1 prototypes.

That’s how I learned the chassis and tuning, through many of trial and error.

Noble’s is decorated with images of his racing at Le Mans and Daytona and some way to explaining how a ‘new’ had produced a car that felt so straight out of the box. The M12 GTO wowed and established Noble as probably the premier niche sports car Unable to turn over the of the likes of Lotus and TVR can, have its advantages.

Development times can be cut if you’re relatively and swift and the logical development of the M12 GTO was sitting before us on the airfield at

The GTO 3-R ditches the 2.5-litre engine in early M12 models in favour of a 3.0-litre unit. It’s a turbocharged Ford Duratec V6 but this time round capable of generating some of power – up a whacking on its predecessor – but equally the torque has also risen making the Noble feel more powerful than

Capable of reeling off the sprint to in 3.9 seconds and demolishing the 100mph in 9 seconds flat, the M12 GTO 3-R is a bona premier league performer. it’s not the outrageous bargain its was, as Noble have quick to capitalise upon the welter of rave reviews, for the GTO-3R having crept up to

Noble M12 GTO

It won’t have escaped notice that this the GTO-3R out of one pool of competition included cars like the TVR the Porsche Boxster S and the BMW M3 and lumps it in with the big boys such as the 911 Carrera and the Honda NSX-R. the Noble doubtless has the legs on of these cars, it can’t to compete with big money budgets and some of the detailing seemed acceptable for a £40,000-odd car now difficult to stomach when up serious money.

The scenery explodes through the screen when the throttle hits the bulkhead.

Whereas the of Noble’s last offering, the could best be described as the M12 is a more … and assured The body shape is like a scale Group C Le Mans but the design is elegant and, importantly, the badge is developing a kudos. Visibility is good, alcantara lines the internal cage and a steely hued fabric thinly pads the

Your contact points the car feel like serious equipment; a carbon fibre steering wheel, aluminium set, narrow buckets and a chromed pool ball of a knob to prod the engine play. A dual seat system of standard three-point belts and five-point racing allows you to signal your of progress to the local constabulary.

As the Noble’s sonic barrage, a of orchestra pieces battering other with their The exhaust stakes claim rising to a hacking bark every blip of the stiffly throttle. The engine generates the gruff metallic tones by waffling air intake and a storm of induction as the turbochargers spool up around 2500rpm. The power in the steering is welcome, but forget any other electronic aid.

Traction control or ABS don’t in the Noble vocabulary. Deploying the AP Racing calipers firmly, is enough to hang you from the before dry grip is relinquished. little turbo lag, and a power to weight ratio in of anything a Lamborghini Diablo VT or 360 Modena can muster, the scenery through the M12’s screen the throttle pedal hits the

The six-speed gearbox, faired in and Quaife differential all mark the as something a little different to a M12. There are still no brakes to be had, but cornering has been taken to a new level of despite the GTO 3-R escewing the fitment of roll bars. Don’t ask me how it it’s probably just the of Lee Noble’s amazing heuristic solving skills.

The ride is more supple any car that corners in this has a right to possess, the car running on low 18-inch Bridgestone rubber.

If looking for a car that will without petulance to a track destroy virtually any sort of and the happily tool back afterwards, the Noble M12 GTO 3-R has few rivals at any To match its lap times you’d need to be spending over on a Porsche 911 GT2 or otherwise indulge in the of flyweight buzzbox that trailering to and from events.

carping about the value seems rather churlish.

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