• Jan 6, 2010

Fenix Automotive supercar – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lee Noble has risen from the ashes of his former company, the eponymous Noble Automotive, and launched a new supercar under the Fenix Automotive banner. The company's first new product is a clean sheet design that owes little to the old M12 and M400 cars that were sold in the States as component vehicles. While it shares similar specs and general shape with the new Noble M600, it has nothing else in common with the latest vision-warping supercar to bear his name.

Where the M12 and M400 were stripped-down flyers powered by various versions of the European Ford 3.0-liter V6, the Fenix will be powered by a choice of Chevrolet V8 powerplants. Customers can specifiy either the 480 horsepower LS3, or the 638 horsepower LS9 from the Corvette ZR1. With a projected curb weight of just 2,645 pounds, the supercharged Fenix should be able to sprint from 0-100 mph in under seven seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 mph.

The first prototype will be undergoing development around the company's manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Fenix supercar will go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2010 and U.S. sales are a possibility. The Fenix is expected to offer a level of performance and sophistication that would rival $240,000 thoroughbred sportscars while costing about half as much. No official pricing has been announced yet, but the company did issue a press release, which you'll find after the jump, and a pair of photos in the gallery below.



[Source: Fenix Automotive]

PRESS RELEASE

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.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi R8? At least that's what I thought of instantly when I saw that image.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jesus, If I were a guy I'd have a woody after looking at lines on that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....And for their next car the Fonetic
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'M ALL "SUPERCARED" OUT......I REALLY DON'T CARE FOR THESE "HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW" COMPANIES.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My god, its like the perfect blend of Alfa (headlights), Lambo (splitter/intakes), and Ferrari (a bit in the shape of the grill). Very classy, I likes. Can't wait for more images.

      I also like how they only listed 0-100mph times. For this class of vehicle, there's no need for 0-60 times. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I TOTALLY AGREE, A REAL MISH-MASH OF SORTS
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lee has a TON of experience designing chassis and building cars.
      Nice to see he get's to start with a clean sheet - I wish him much luck.
      If his past work is any indication, this should be a wonderful car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree.. I think it will be a great car, he's been making a lot of new cars recently and this one will not disappoint as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, next to murray I can't think of a greater independent car designer/engineer/producer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks kinda like an Apollo. Might be the lighting, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BTW, I'm not the first guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlight designs look lazy. I hate cars that just stick three circles on each side and make them headlights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cant wait for this. Lee has an excellent resume, I just hope he can stick it out with the company. There will definitely be buyers for this car in the UK, whether there's enough to keep the company afloat I'm not sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather buy the Lexus LFA and feel ripped off than buy this, just because it's using a Government Motors' engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, i'd be real pissed every time I blew the doors off of every single car on the road that I encountered thinking about how all this power comes from GM.

        /rolleyes
        • 5 Years Ago
        This may be an understatement, but... You're an idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Venom - thank you, very entertaining because a) Noble has a lot more credibility with road going supercars than Lexus or Toyota for that matter, b) my frist thought was 'lexus, this is how it's done'.

        Awesome awesome news, can't wait to see this thing, it should be faster than the M600 or several seconds faster than the LF-A around the topgear test track. Brilliant news.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps one of the stupidest comments I have ever read.
        If you hate the American government so much, why don't you hop on a plane and get the f*ck out of this country?
        The government runs the police, firefighters, and military.
        Do you hate them too?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go ahead and buy a Lexus, it's a free country.

        But I'd like to remind you that Fenix and Lee Noble had nothing to do with GM's bankruptcy, and GM doesn't give the slightest damn whether you buy his vehicles or not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lee Noble seems to stick around at the companies he starts up until it's time to actually start selling them. Ultima GTR, Ascari Ecosse, and Rossion Q1 and miscellaneous Noble M cars, take a look at the production numbers, other than the Ultima kit car there have been only a handful of cars produced. I'm not sure why people still care about this guy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Handful? There's atleast 700 Nobles out there..
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