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Twin-turbo V6 coupé will have a fibreglass body, crack 0-62mph in 3.5sec

Lee Noble, the designer and engineer who founded sports car manufacturer Noble, is making a bold return to the low-volume industry with a production version of the lightweight, 500bhp-plus track-focused test mule he demonstrated five years ago.

Named the Exile (as is Noble’s new business), the road-legal mid-engined two-seat coupé combines a motorsport-bred chassis with supercar-quick acceleration.

Now powered by a 504bhp twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre Ford Ecoboost V6 (replacing the mule’s Cadillac V6), the Exile should accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.5sec and on to a top speed of 165mph, according to its maker.

“The only changes we’ve made have been a dry sump for better track performance and bespoke mapping of the ECU,” said Noble. “Durability and simplicity were key here – and making it pretty quick, too.”

Drive is delivered to the Exile’s rear axle via a Graziano six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential to the same spec as the Lamborghini Diablo’s.

“It’s bulletproof and it will shift gear as quick as I can move my arm,” claimed Noble.

Currently weighing just 1100kg in prototype form, the Exile will be one of the lightest performance cars of its kind.

Its chassis comprises a semi-monocoque centre section and a steel tubular perimeter frame with a bonded-aluminium honeycomb skin for greater torsional rigidity.

Its all-round double-wishbone suspension is controlled by three-way adjustable dampers, while six-pot Wilwood calipers and ventilated brake discs feature at each corner.

To avoid the need for costly type approval, the Exile has no anti-lock braking, traction control or stability control.

The car’s rakish new body (rendered by Autocar, based on Noble’s drawings) is formed from a glass-reinforced plastic composite and is 4216mm long and 1828mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2438mm.

The latest prototype’s body has been CNC-machined and is ready to be fitted to the rolling chassis (pictured left) in the next few weeks ahead of initial whole-car testing.

Noble aims to sell 200 Exiles per year at a unit price of “less than £100,000”.

He is holding talks with several investors to fund the project, which could once again involve manufacturing by High Tech Automotive in South Africa, which part-built the successful Noble M12.

Mike Duff

Mike Duff
Title: Contributing editor

Mike has been writing about cars for more than 25 years, having defected from radio journalism to follow his passion. He has been a contributor to Autocar since 2004, and is a former editor of the Autocar website. 

Mike joined Autocar full-time in 2007, first as features editor before taking the reins at Being in charge of the video strategy at the time saw him create our long running “will it drift?” series. For which he apologies.

He specialises in adventurous drive stories, many in unlikely places. He once drove to Serbia to visit the Zastava factory, took a £1500 Mercedes W124 E-Class to Berlin to meet some of its taxi siblings and did Scotland’s North Coast 500 in a Porsche Boxster during a winter storm. He also seems to be a hypercar magnet, having driven such exotics as the Koenigsegg One:1, Lamborghini SCV12, Lotus Evija and Pagani Huayra R.

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Peter Cavellini 28 January 2022

No ABS or Traction control or stab control?, I'd have thought these were standard stuff these days,not all of the potential buyers will reactions like an F1 driver, nice looking Car, a clean shape,and if they can keep the weight down it'll be agile also.

Overdrive 28 January 2022

Didn't Lee Noble have a go at producing another sports car a few years back, which came to nothing, after leaving Noble?

Bob Cholmondeley 28 January 2022
Overdrive wrote:

Didn't Lee Noble have a go at producing another sports car a few years back, which came to nothing, after leaving Noble?

Give him a chance, he does have form in getting cars to market. I think this car is much more likely to reach customers than the vapourware TVR.

Bob Cat Brian 28 January 2022

Coincidentally announced a few days after his old company announced their new model.