WHILE THE COMPANY he founded is hard at work on the Noble M600, British entrepreneur Lee Noble has revealed renderings and details of the first supercar from his new company, Fenix Automotive.
Set to go on sale later this year, the as-yet unnamed Fenix supercar is a mid-engined two-seater powered by a choice of two GM-sourced V8 engines: a 360kW LS3 and the supercharged 485kW LS9.
The V8 engines are packed into a spaceframe chassis and paired with a Graziano six-speed manual transmission, along with double wishbone suspension and steel brakes.
Weighing in at around 1200kg, Noble expects the Fenix supercar to catapult to 96km/h (60mph) in less than 3.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed over 320km/h.
Development is underway at Noble's factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he has drafted the same crew responsible for the Noble M12.
"The M12 was hugely successful, but we needed to move the game on in terms of design," Noble told the UK's car magazine.
"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."
Noble said the first Fenix supercar will start at around AU$130 - offering technology and performance on par with the Noble M600 at far less than its AU$400,000 price tag.
Built to order, only 100 of the Fenix supercars will be offered, with production scheduled to begin around the middle of this year.