Lee Noble is back with a new company - Fenix Automotive - and he is aiming to recapture the spirit of the M12 with his new V8, £70,000 supercar. Autocar has gone through the archives to bring you the best moments from the company that still bears his name.
Noble’s first car, designed by company founder Lee Noble, was the awkward-looking but surprisingly excellent to drive M10, which Autocar first compared with a Lotus Elise Sport 135 as long ago as 1999.
It wasn’t the prettiest of sports cars but the mid-engined chassis was amazingly well resolved for a first attempt, and the Ford V6 provided a decent enough slug of performance to keep an Elise honest.
Then came Noble’s eureka moment in the form of the South African-assembled M12, over 1500 of which were sold in six years. It had the same excellent chassis response and fluidity as the M10, but with a twin-turbo Ford V6 and a much better-looking body the M12 won an instant fan base.