V8, Twin turbo
/ 2810 lbs
The Noble M600 is the fastest and most powerful model ever produced
by the small British manufacturer.
Developed from the still-born Noble M14 concept and short lived M15
model, the M600 features similar styling, although underneath
the bodywork is a completely new drivetrain and engineering.
The M600 is the first vehicle from Noble to feature a V8 engine.
To be precise it is a longitudinally-mounted 4.4 litre V8 equipped
with twin Garrett turbochargers. The Motec ECU can be switched
between three different levels of power. 450, 550 or 650 can
be extracted from the engine depending on the drivers needs.
In the 650 hp configuration the engine develops 604lb-ft of
torque at 3,800rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual
gearbox from Graziano. This drivetrain gives the Noble M600
a 0-60 mph time of just 3.0 seconds and an impressive 225 mph
Noble have gone the other route compared with other supercar
manufacturers and decided to make the M600 as focused as possible
around the drivers skills. To achieve this they have decided
to omit any electronic stability aids or anti-lock braking.
The vehicle is however equipped with a traction control system.
This system is activated or deactivated using the missile launch
switch from a Tornado fighter aircraft.
To explain their decision to keep the M600 as a back-to-basics
supercar Noble explained; "The ethos of the M600 has
developed from a small team passionate about driving. This ethos
has evolved from our research of the available 'supercars' many
of which lean heavily on computer assistance. The use of fashionable,
but often inefficient paddle shifts, over assisted brakes and
inopportune traction control have all become standard features
of the modern supercar."
They continued; "We at Noble think it is time to break
the mould, feeling that this now ubiquitous 'digital' driver
assistance disengages the driver experience and reward. We have
often encountered, when turning off these devices, that computer
generated support can often cosmetically mask and flatter inferior
chassis and handling characteristics."
The M600 is based around a steel tube spaceframe with a stainless
steel central tub for the passenger compartment. The bodypanels
are formed from lightweight carbon-fibre. The mid engined layout
creates a 40/60 percent front/rear weight distribution.
Similar and related vehicles:
Noble M12 GTO