2002 Noble M12 GTO-3 review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 26 January 2007 , 17:01:20 byAlina

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Noble M12 GTO-3

Noble developed the M12 GTO, a model powered by a 3.0-liter engine capable of developing 30 horsepower more than the 2000 model. The body is made of composite materials and it can reach a limited top speed of 165 mph. the price for the car starts at GBP48.000. In the future, the carmaker plans to create the GTO-3T, a race-ready model that will be powered by an engine capable of developing 400 horsepower.

The M12 GTO is a race car built for the road, with a 3-litre engine which develop 30 more horsepower over the 2000 model. Except the engine much of the other parts of the car remain the same as a previous model.

At it's base, the GTO has a transversely mounted Ford Duratec power plant housed within a space frame chassis. The engine is mildly turbocharged to effectively increase power with minimal lag.

The body of the M12 GTC-3 is entirely made of composite materials. It features a large rear wing and front splitter to increase down force for and aft. This down force restricts the car to it's 165 mph top speed, but aids greatly in high speed handling.

Where the M12 GTO wins it's power to weight ratio. Weighting almost 700lbs lighter than our Enzo Ferrari, the M12 GTO makes greater use to its horsepower than almost any other car. The M12 GTO is not a luxury car and it doesn't come with power windows, traction control or ABS. The costs associated with such non-refinement keep the car at a modest price. Hardly any other car on the market today can complete with the 48 000 pound price tag.

In the next year, Noble plan to release a race-ready model called the GTO-3T. It will be a no compromise track car including an FIA roll cage combined with a 400 horsepower engine.