Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lee Noble Teases New Fenix Supercar, gets Corvette LS3 and ZR1 Powerplants


Lee Noble, former owner (until 2006) and boss (until 2008) of Noble Automotive, has released the first teaser photos of his new supercar venture with Fenix Automotive. The two-seater supercar will be fully revealed in a couple of months and first go on sale in the UK in the second half of the year. The lightweight supercar will be offered with a choice of two Corvette engines: the 480bhp LS3 V8 and the ZR1's the 6.2-litre supercharged LS9 V8 with 638bhp.

Not forgetting his previous company, Fenix Automotive's boss pitches the new supercar as a "natural, but even more focused" successor to his Noble M12

"The M12 was hugely successful, but we needed to move the game on in terms of design," said Lee. "The new car's styling owes nothing to what I've done before and has quite literally been a 'clean sheet' exercise from the start. It's edgy, with powerful lines, and aerodynamically will be in another league to any of my previous cars."

Fenix said that the car will tip the scales at around 1,200 kg or about 2,645 lbs estimating that the LS9-engined version should accelerate from 0-100mph (160km/h) in under seven seconds and reach a top speed close to 200mph or 322 km/h.

"Our first prototype is now in build and development will start in around one month's time," said Lee.

"We'll be hot-weather testing the first prototype on the mountain roads around Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where the car will be manufactured. But I'm itching to get the car back to the UK where I can set it up on roads I know well," he concluded.

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