Imagine a 640hp V8 coupled to a chassis weighing some 200kg less than your average mid size hatchback. Reckon you might be interested? Thought so.
Welcome to Fenix Automotive, the latest motoring incarnation of Lee Noble. Yes, that knockabout Brit who loves strapping big motors to lightweight bodies. Having sold off his Noble Automotive outfit, Lee has embarked on a new challenge.
To begin that challenge Fenix have released these two renderings of their new supercar-with-no-name. Like previous Noble cars Fenix will build their bodies in South Africa, where testing is currently underway.
Lee Noble is excited, and looking forward to driving the car on familiar roads, “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.”
That 640hp, well 638hp to be precise, will be delivered courtesy of the 6.2-litre supercharged LS9 V8 found inside a Corvette ZR1. If that all sounds a bit too much to handle, then you can also opt for a 480hp version from the LS3 V8.
With a target kerb weight of 1200kg Lee Noble says his latest weapon should reach 0-160km/h in less than seven seconds. Blimey, that’s quick!
While there’s just these two images and some big horsepower claims to go on right now, I have to say, this is one very tasty looking supercar. Let’s just hope the invitation to view the company website which, at the time of writing, does not work isn’t a sign of things to come.
TEASER PICS PROVIDE FIRST GLIMPSE OF NEW LEE NOBLE SUPERCAR
Leicestershire – These are the first official shots of Fenix Automotive’s astonishing new supercar, which is due on UK sale in the second half of this year.
While Lee Noble has given a strong hint that the car will be a ‘natural, but even more focused’ successor to his iconic M12, his new design is fresh, bold and dramatic, with a premium feel normally associated with exotica costing over £150,000.
“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 also announced that it will be offering a choice of two engines for the new car. GM’s 480bhp LS3 V8 will be the ’base’ unit, while the 6.2-litre supercharged LS9 V8, as seen in the recently launched Corvette ZR1, will provide customers with a 638bhp power option.
Factor in a target kerb weight of 1200kgs, and performance in either car will be prodigious, but Fenix estimates that the LS9-engined car should accelerate from 0-100mph in under seven seconds on its way to a top speed of around 200mph.
“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.”
For more information about Fenix Automotive, go to www.fenixautomotive.com.