Lee Noble, the founder of Noble Automotive, is launching his own line-up of cars under the Specialised Sporting Vehicles banner, starting with a 515bhp per tonne track car called the Exile.
Currently being tested in prototype form - which was revealed at the National Kit Car motor show on 30 April - the Exile uses a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 Ford engine and will be launched by the end of this year.
Packing 515bhp per tonne — just 10bhp less than the BAC Mono — the Exile is, in Noble’s words, “bloody quick” and has a top speed of 180-190mph.
Acceleration hasn’t been measured yet, but Noble is aiming for a 0-60mph time of between 2.4sec and 2.9sec, which would make it one of the fastest-accelerating cars available. “McLaren territory,” said Noble. Further down the line, there could be plans to set a lap time at the Nürburgring.
Noble pegs the Exile as a road-friendly track car. Its bodywork is made of mostly carbonfibre, but with GRP body panels in places to keep costs down. A price of less than £90,000 is the target.
Although the car’s design has been finalised, the Exile is still in the development stage. It was originally fitted with a 3.6-litre General Motors engine but it is now being tested with the same twin-turbo V6 used in the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Noble wouldn’t elaborate on the engine troubles that have delayed the car’s progress by two years, but he said he is on track to complete the car by the end of the year.