Back in February we told you about Noble Automotive selling the rights to M12 and M400 production outside of the UK to raise some capital for development of the M15. At least in the States, they ended up handing over the rights for M12 and M400 production to their U.S. distributor, 1G Racing, of Cincinnati, Ohio. As part of that agreement, 1G had to rename and rebadge the car. The company got to work, addressing a few problem areas in the process. What you see above is the result, the Rossion Q1. It's still recognizable, but sports a subtle makeover. Slightly less raw looking than the Nobles, the Q1 still looks the business.
Rossion Automotive Vice President Dean Rosen tells us that the Q1 has been refined, both inside and out. Power, which was already more than adequate at 425 hp, has been bumped to 450. Slightly heavier, but still weighing in at just 2,500 lbs, the Q1 will rock to 60 in just 3.2 seconds, capture the quarter in 11.4, and continue on until it reaches a top speed of 185 mph. All the while, it encases the driver in a more comfortable interior that now includes features like satellite navigation, power mirrors, "hand-stitched sumptuous interiors," and a top notch sound system. Prices are about the same as the M400 too, starting at a base around $69,000, or about $90,700 with a complete drivetrain installed. Rossion is already taking orders and hopes to start deliveries later this year.
More pics available in the gallery below. Full press release after the jump.
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[Source: 1G Racing via Noble Forums]
Dear Noble Forum members,
We take great pleasure in announcing the birth of our new brand. The long anticipated announcement is here. As a token of our appreciation for your support over the years, we have decided to debut this announcement here before it goes out to over 400 press outlets. Without further ado here it is:
ROSSION AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES WORLD DEBUT OF THRILLING NEW ROSSION Q1
Rossion Q1 Redefines Supercar Landscape Offering Ultimate Performance in Luxurious Road Car, Perfectly Suited for Street or Track
CINCINNATI, OH (July 11, 2007) – Rossion Automotive proudly announces the worldwide debut of their new supercar, the Rossion Q1. The move into production for the Rossion Q1 began after 1G Racing acquired both the intellectual and design rights for the Noble M400 and M12 platforms earlier this year in February. While further stressing the performance aspects that made Noble platforms such a startling success, the new Rossion Q1 incorporates dramatic design and a comfortably refined interior to create a versatile supercar that mesmerizes on the road as easily as on the track.
"We are extremely proud to launch the Rossion brand with the introduction of the new Q1," says Rossion Automotive Vice President Dean Rosen. "The Q1 is about achieving the very highest possible levels of performance and blending them with luxurious touches traditionally absent from cars of this caliber." The Rossion Q1 is for the enthusiast looking for a refined road car that pushes the limits of performance in every way."
The Q1 offers one of the most superb driving experiences available with a wide array of the highest quality comforts with available options including satellite navigation, power mirrors, hand-stitched sumptuous interiors, and high-grade sound system. The sensuously-styled body covers the fiery power of the Q1 with a suggested drive train offering a visceral 450-horspower and 400 ft. lbs. torque. To maximize performance, the mid-mounted engine is set into a feather-light frame offering a slim total weight of under 2,500 lb.
With 0-60 mph times posting an ethereal 3.2 seconds, a daunting 11.4 second quarter mile time with well over 1G of lateral track skid pad, and a blisteringly fast top speed of 185 mph, the Rossion Q1 will offer even the most accomplished drivers a truly world class driving experience.
Available with one of the most versatile high-performance packages available today as a component vehicle, the Rossion Q1 will be hand built in limited numbers at the same 380,000 square foot production facility the M400 was produced. The Rossion Q1 chassis will have a base price just under $69,000 (U.S.) minus drivetrain. Owner completed cost with suggested drivetrain Base price $90,700. Initial orders are now being accepted for the Q1 with first deliveries set for later this year.
Please visit the new website at www.rossioncars.com to see images, and to see what we have in store for the future. We have been working very hard these past 8 months to create this brand, and we want to thank all of you for your feedback and developmental ideas that have gone into the making of the Rossion Q1.
Rest assured that there will be continued and uninterrupted parts and service to our Noble owners out there. We are all fortunate to be owners of a Noble. We are all special in that we own one (in some cases two) of 220 M12's or M400s that will ever be sold in the USA. Car number 220 will be retained by us and displayed in our facilities for all to see. The M400 and M12 will forever hold a special place in our hearts because this incredible supercar launched us into the future.
We would like to welcome all of our Noble owners into the Rossion family.
We will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have, but please be patient with us, as the next couple of days are going to be extremely hectic! We will respond to you as quickly as we possibly can and would prefer that you email us at email@example.com.
Have a great day!
Dean Rosen & Ian Grunes
Owners of Rossion Automotive