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Noble Automotive, based in Leicestershire, have been hand-building remarkable sports cars for many years with the emphasis on driver satisfaction. The company ethos hasn’t changed from the start as we can see from this extract from their latest brochure; “We believe that many supercar manufacturers place too much emphasis on driver assistance, which, in our view, negates driver reward. Rather than rely on electronic assistance our back to basics approach concentrates on the more analogue qualities of design. By utilising a principle of pure engineering integrity from the chassis up we ensure that the driving experience is an honest reflection of the driver's skill, putting you, the driver, back in control.”
Introduced in early 2011 and still available today the, essentially bespoke, M600 was offered in three forms, the standard Coupe, the open-top Speedster and as we have here, the M600 Carbon Sport.
As with all previous Nobles, the M600 uses a mid-engined spaceframe chassis with double wishbones at each corner and coil-over dampers for its primary suspension. The spaceframe chassis is made from a combination of steel and aluminium and is, apparently, as strong and rigid as that of any rival. Using carbon fibre for all the key body parts, the production car weighs just 1250kg. The Carbon Sport is the only M600 model to be clothed with carbon fibre external panels and the effect is undoubtedly stunning
At the heart of the M600 is a twin-turbo 4.4-litre originally designed by Yamaha for use in Ford’s now-defunct Premier Automotive Group. It’s a traditional 32-valve, V8 set in a regular V design – not a flat-plane, 180-degree crank like those used in Ferrari’s V8 mid-engined models. In this instance, it has been comprehensively reworked by US engine specialist Motorkraft, who have added two Garrett turbos and a new Motec ECU to boost power to 662bhp at 6500rpm at 1.0bar of pressure, and 604lb/ft of torque at 6800rpm. The jaw-dropping numbers are 0-60 in 3 seconds, 0-120 in 8.9 seconds, and 0-200mph in 29.8 seconds.
Dating from 2013, this M600 CS is on offer from a private vendor and has covered just 11,500 miles. It looks simply amazing in polished Carbon with a Charcoal Grey interior and Carbon Sport details in red in the cabin. The wheel rims, brake calipers, engine air intakes and cam covers are also finished in red adding to the visual drama. It has a full Noble service history as follows; 19/06/2013 at 74 miles, 04/10/2013 at 901 miles, 19/11/2014 at 7,306 miles and 28/06/2016 at 10,108 miles. The appropriate registration number, M60 OCS, will remain with the car.
We have left the last word to Autocar magazine;
“Because in the end, it is its raw, brain-mangling performance that defines the M600. Not just in a straight line but also around corners, under brakes, during acceleration, everywhere and anywhere. What we are talking about is one of the fastest cars that has ever been built for use on the public road, in light of which £206,000 no longer seems quite so crazy.”