Back in November we told you that kit car builder extraordinaire Lee Noble was coming back with a new venture called Fenix Automotive when he announced that they will unveil a new super car by the end of 2010. These are the first teaser images supplied by the manufacturer. The new automobile will be a more natural and even more focused successor to Mr. Noble’s iconic M12. The firey Fenix Automotive super car will be bow tie powered, available with either a 480 HP 6.2 Liter fuel injected LS3 V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette or a 620 HP LS9 from the ZR-1. Tipping the scales at around 2400 pounds, the lightweight Fenix will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 MPH in under 7 seconds on its way to a projected top speed in the neighborhood of 200 MPH.
Press release after the jump.
These are the first official shots of Fenix Automotive’s astonishing new supercar, which is due on UK sale in the second half of this year.
While Lee Noble has given a strong hint that the car will be a ‘natural, but even more focused’ successor to his iconic M12, his new design is fresh, bold and dramatic, with a premium feel normally associated with exotica costing over £150,000.
"The M12 was hugely successful, but we needed to move the game on in terms of design," said Lee. "The new car’s styling owes nothing to what I’ve done before and has quite literally been a ‘clean sheet’ exercise from the start. It’s edgy, with powerful lines, and aerodynamically will be in another league to any of my previous cars."
Fenix also announced that it will be offering a choice of two engines for the new car. GM’s 480bhp LS3 V8 will be the ’base’ unit, while the 6.2-litre supercharged LS9 V8, as seen in the recently launched Corvette ZR1, will provide customers with a 638bhp power option.
Factor in a target kerb weight of 1200kgs, and performance in either car will be prodigious, but Fenix estimates that the LS9-engined car should accelerate from 0-100mph in under seven seconds on its way to a top speed of around 200mph.
"Our first prototype is now in build and development will start in around one month’s time," said Lee. "We’ll be hot-weather testing the first prototype on the mountain roads around Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where the car will be manufactured. But I’m itching to get the car back to the UK where I can set it up on roads I know well."