Want a proper analogue supercar? This Noble M400 is the car for you!
It's an immaculate example of a British garagista car that could potentially be yours!
In a world where supercars are ever-increasingly based around technology and where the internal combustion engine is being gradually phased out in favour of electric motors powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells (or even a combination of both), the analogue supercar has become a thing of the past. One of your only options now if you want a proper old-school analogue piece of performance machinery, your best option is to turn to the quintessentially British garagista manufacturer that is Noble. Perhaps the most iconic cars to come out of the Noble factory are the M12 and M400 models and one of those M400s has just recently come up for sale in America!
This Noble M400 was the track-focused version of the M12 and it's as raw as it gets. There's no real creature comforts of any kind. ABS? Nope. Traction control or stability control of any kind? Absolutely not. Airbags? Those are for sissies. This is a pure, unadulterated drivers' car and it's not for the faint-hearted! Thanks to its mid-mounted transverse twin-turbo 3.0 V6 that was originally sourced from Ford (If you've ever owned or driven a Mondeo ST220 you'll have definitely experienced this engine!) and given a new engine map from Roush and a kerb weight of 1060 kg (2,337 lbs), this absolute beast of a car can rocket from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and, with enough room, get you all the way to a top speed of 202 mph.
It being a track-focused car, it has a few very cool features that you won't find even in an M12, let alone in a standard road car. The seats are equipped with both three and five-point seatbelts (three-point belts for the road and five-point belts for the track). The M400 also boasts proper front anti-roll bars and much more track-focused suspension that includes shocks unique to the car and much stiffer springs than the M12 on which it's based. There's also those cool exterior tweaks that make it look like a GT racer. Whilst it's a track-focused car and designed to be thrown around a circuit like nobody's business, it is completely road legal so you don't need to put it onto the back of a trailer when you go home. You can drive to the circuit, do your track day and then drive home again all in the same car. Sounds pretty good, right?
If any of you who are reading this from the US think that this car looks familiar, that's because Noble's US dealer (1G Racing) ended up purchasing the production rights to the M400 along with other old Noble models after the original company folded and made its own version. Called the Rossion Q1, it's a more Americanized version of the car with different styling and a more powerful version of the Ford V6 that produces 450 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Noble M400 is more valuable to collectors over in the US however because of that Noble name and how comparatively rare it is in the US for a car that's a rare sight even in Britain, where the Noble company is based!
This M400 is absolutely immaculate. It's only ever done one track day in its life according to the listing and has only covered 8,500 miles since it rolled off the production line in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2007. How much will it set you back? There's no price given at the moment. M400s did retail for around $95,000 in the US back in 2007 when this one was sold to its first owner and with the rarity value and future classic status of the car taken into account, I wouldn't be surprised if it fetches near to that when the hammer drops in October!