Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer Spotlight - Noble
Next in our series is Noble. Their founder Lee Noble was renowned for his chassis design which enabled the car to excel in areas such as feel, satisfaction and handling.
Lee Noble who would later go on to create Noble Automotive built up a reputation replicating supercars and having a special talent for developing chassis. He started in the 1980s where he was working on the Ultima which also experienced racing success winning two championships.
Lee went on to form Noble Motorsport and spent the early years recreating racing cars such as the Ferrari P4 using the same chassis of the Ultima. Other models were recreations of the popular Lotus 15 the Lotus 23b which later became the Noble 23.
The Birth of Noble
After a stint in Le Mans, the Daytona 500 and Ascari, Lee realised that he wanted to create sports cars and this inspired him to create the Noble M10 to critical acclaim. The success of this vehicle led to it sharing a front cover with the likes of a Porsche 911, Ferrari 360, 550 Maranello and an Aston Martin DB7 to determine the best Drivers car of 1999.
Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
Lee decided to improve the M10 after realising yet more potential and created the World-Famous Noble M12. The vehicle was heralded as a fantastic piece of engineering with handling better than Porsche 911's, Subaru Impreza, Lotus and BMW's.
This British road-racer handles like a big Elise yet has the pace to humble supercars - Evo review of the Noble M12
The Departure of the Founder
What followed next was the M400 which is a close relative of the M12 and then M600 which is still in production today and remains true to the Noble brand despite the departure of their founder who left the company in 2008 to move onto other ventures of which include the upcoming Exile.
The Noble brand is renowned for their driver experience and sleek drive. Noble has battled with industry heavyweights and came out on top in areas of handling, design which is coupled with speed. Have they fought so gallantly to be the greatest method of all-time? Or is there another manufacturer?
Next in our series is Rolls Royce.