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Noble M400 

Broadcast dates : 8th May 2005
14th May 2005

The Noble M400 is a mid-engined supercar, designed in England but built in Port Elizabeth by Hi Tech Automotive for worldwide export. It uses a three-litre Ford Duratec engine with twin turbochargers, forged pistons, and high lift camshafts.

Mid-engined cars can be notoriously twitchy, but not this one. Clint was purposely squirting on excess power to break those rear tyres loose. And he loved the four-pot AP racing brakes.

The Nobleís predictable chassis balance allowed Clint to indulge in some serious oversteer. But he neatly gathers the car up, despite full dollop of some three hundred and twenty kilowatts!

In typical English understatement, Nobleís brochure proclaims performance as "quite brisk". And yet zero to one-hundred is claimed in under four seconds!
But itís the refinement of engine, suspension and gearbox that really impresses.

The rest of the carís build-quality matches that slick gear change. Upholstery, panel-fit, bodywork Ė all are top class.

Here are some specs to get the petrolheads salivating...
  • Engine : Twin turbocharged V6 petrol 2968cc
  • Power : 319 kW at 6500 rpm
  • Torque : 529 Nm at 5000 rpm
  • Transmission : six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • Acceleration : 0 - 100 km/h in 3,5 seconds
  • Top speed : 280 km/h
  • Price : R820 000
  • Test car supplied by Lazurus Ford, Centurion

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