Noble lets the M12 and M400 go

Noble M400
Noble M400
Noble Automotive has assigned manufacturing rights to the M12/400 series vehicle in the USA to 1g Racing. The assignment allows 1g, based in Hamilton, Ohio, to continue production of the vehicle which is still in demand in the USA and elsewhere.

Noble retains full rights to the car in the UK and control over the use of trademarks and naming.

Under terms of the agreement, 1g is required to re-badge and re-name the car by July 15th 2007, and is permitted to modify the vehicle to suit the needs of the 1g customer.

Company boss Lee Noble said: "The M12 has been a very successful model for Noble Automotive and we have learned much from it. Our new model will be a big step forward and this will leave no room in our line up for the M12/400 as we need to concentrate all of our attention on the development of our new model. However we will remain committed to all Noble owners, and will maintain the supply of all M12 and M400 parts for our owners and dealers."

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  • brav 27 Feb 2007

    sledge Hammer said:
    my understanding is all the nobles were mfg. in s.a.. 1g are tight w/the mfg and can getproduct direct, u.s. motors are all differant , no standard to the u.k. motors and updates ect were not up to u.k.specs. (differant product) So start from scratch!


    Yes, rolling chassis are shipped to the US direct. Wouldnt make sense to send them to the UK and then here. The US motors are all exactly the same. maybe a step up or two from a UK M400 block (but we use same for 3R and M400), with extra oiling ability internally. Bout it. Hardly any nobles have been modified internally, if any at all. A few have bolt ons and some have valvetrain work. If anything, our engines were a bit better. IIRC, the US MFG was supplying engines to Noble?

    All of us on this side of the pond are hoping for a positive outcome, and it seems it will be, as we might have a slight say as to how the 3R and M400 get tweeked along the way.

  • Digga 26 Feb 2007

    yak293 said:


    we are about 1km e/s/e of you ..


    yak



    That's less than 10 seconds away by GT3!

    It figures now - there's not too many places in sunny Rugeley with enough spare cash sloshing around to run a GT3! Very nice.

  • yak293 26 Feb 2007


    Yak,

    That stretch is a 50mph limit, but my travails are regualrly disturbed by all sorts of interesting diversions; pairs of super bikes wheelying past, Gallardos etc. none of which seem to worry about said limit. Plod does, occasionally patrol and has even been known to depoly the odd scamera team.

    One of the best noises I've heard has to be the current, V10 engined M5 at full chat. Waiting for an Enzo flypast...

    digga

    will try not to wake you up, next time i will turn off the sports button prior to passing the back of your gaff!


    Not sure where you know me from though


    digga

    we are about 1km e/s/e of you ..


    yak

    Digga
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    Edited by yak293 on Monday 26th February 10:58

  • pbsaxman 25 Feb 2007

    DanH said:
    pbsaxman said:
    So it would appear that my M400 may have been the last one new for the UK. Unless of course any of you know better


    Indeed. You waited a long time for her too if I recall?


    Certainly did. Maybe it was a special

  • Digga 25 Feb 2007

    yak293 said:


    Staffordshire. Was it you who thoughtlessly distracted me from trying to earn a living as you blasted down the Rugeley eastern by-pass then? Sounded superb.

    FWIW, I took a de-tour past Noble (being nosy) on the way to taking the Griff to Mallory Park last week, and the only 'interesting' machinery in evidence there were two 996s...


    might have been!!

    if it was me I can categorically confirm I was not exceeding the speed limit!

    do you have any idea of the limit on that lovely bit of straight road ??

    bye the way if think we know each other!

    don't work too hard

    regards

    yak
    [quote]

    Yak,

    That stretch is a 50mph limit, but my travails are regualrly disturbed by all sorts of interesting diversions; pairs of super bikes wheelying past, Gallardos etc. none of which seem to worry about said limit. Plod does, occasionally patrol and has even been known to depoly the odd scamera team.

    One of the best noises I've heard has to be the current, V10 engined M5 at full chat. Waiting for an Enzo flypast...

    Not sure where you know me from though!

    Digga

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