2005 Noble M400 – Noble Intentions

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Aaron Yee had taken his ’05 Lotus Elise about with regards to he could, with a long list of mods that included a supercharger, carbon seats, more robust brakes, and a set of Nitron coilovers. It wasn’t practically being done or bored. How will you get sick and tired of 260 hp propelling 2,000 pounds? He hadn’t. He just saw an all-natural transition towards thethe first to realize that cars perform better with less mass. He just immortalized with the famous quote, Add lightness to travel faster. The ethos of striving toward favorable power-to-weight ratios can be a British tradition Chapman could easily take credit when you look whatsoever the manufacturers who came during and after his time as well as adhered to the mantra. Companies such as Ginetta, Radical, Ariel, TVR and Marcos and Caparo certainly fit the mold.

To this list, you can even add Noble, which was founded in 1999 by designer and engineer Lee Noble. His first car, the M10, was much like Toyota’s MR Spyder and didn’t sell very well. But his second car, the M12, made others take notice. It’s mid-engined like the M10 but bigger and powered by a twin-turbo 2.5-liter Ford V6 (and later a 3.-liter version). It wore some swoopy, yet purposeful, fiberglass bodywork that was neither groundbreaking nor behind the times. The company continued to improve upon the car and in the end created a track version from the M12 renamed the M400.

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Yee said his M400 is one of about 220 Nobles that have been imported to the Usa, 100 of these being M400s. Nobles are imported as kit cars exclusively by 1G Racing, which started in Ohio and is also now situated in Florida. The cars are imported without engines or transmissions along with the buyer has to acquire the drivetrain from a separate supplier so that you can qualify like a kit car in the eyes of the feds. 1G eventually bought the rights to the M12/M400 and now produces a newer version of the car called Rossion.

Yee has owned his for nearly 2 yrs and in that time, he’s expanded its envelope with thoughtful, functional upgrades. He said the mods aren’t aimed at creating the most-powerful M400 around, as that would probably end up hurting its driveability. Instead, he chose proven bolt-on parts. Yee has received almost all of the tuning done by TurboHoses ofLivermore and California, that hasYee said a stock M400 dynos at 350 whp, and his car measured 400 whp before the exhaust and intercooler were installed. With some fine-tuning of the ECU, he’d expect to see 425-430 whp. So, plug in the 2,337-pound weight Noble claimed for the car and you’re looking at under 5 pounds for every horsepower at the crank. That explains why a stock M400 can clock -60 mph from the low-3-second range and scoot down the quarter-mile in around 12 seconds, give or take a few tenths.

As well as the straight-line performance, Nobles have also been lauded for his or her handling. Yee said his M400 feels just as precise and flickable as the lighter Elise, but because it weighs 300 pounds more, furthermore, it feels more stable. By looking at 245/40-18 Nitto NT-10 and 01s mm for the rear with 275/35-18, he added 20 mm of width to the contact patches on the front corners. Handling was further optimized having a corner balance and alignment from theAs much as he likes the car’s blistering acceleration and scalpel-sharp handling, Yee also likes being the only Noble in the many car shows he attends within the Bay Area, which oftentimes ends with him taking home the trophy for best exotic. With that exclusivity also comes the trouble of getting parts. Noble stopped making replacement parts for the M400, and Yee heard that all the old stock has since sold out. The owner’s stuck with having the part fabricated if anything from a body panel to some window regulator breaks. That’s why he decided to preserve it rather than changing excessive.

That hasn’t stopped him from putting miles on it. Mostly in the twisties around the Bay Area, where’s he’s not afraid to cane it without mercy, even though yee said he usually drives it 5 times a week, sometimes to work or for quick errands. It’s pure and rawfree and pure of computer-controlled minders that only detract in the experience. Maybe instead of the 3M matte blue, Yee should’ve wrapped it in a shade of green, for envy.

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