RIP sweet prince.
There is nothing worse to a gearhead than a car being destroyed in a blaze. We've all seen countless exotics being engulfed by flames, and the latest to fall victim to this horrific death is a rarely seen Noble M400 that was torched in San Francisco while traveling on US-101. There aren't many of these British-designed, South African-built beasts on the road in the US, so to see one go in such tragic circumstances truly breaks one's heart. Noble never sold its products in the US, but its range of supercars has been touted as being some of the most analog and driver-focused vehicles of the past few decades, and its supercar styling and humble engineering have turned it into somewhat of an international cult classic.
According to CHP San Francisco, it "responded to a call of a vehicle fire on Sunday afternoon. The driver of this rare vehicle, a Noble M400, was lucky enough to realize that flames were spewing out the back end of the vehicle, while traveling on US-101 n/b."
By the time the authorities arrived, the car was already engulfed in flames, and there was nothing the team could do to stop the car from a fiery death.
"The driver managed to pull over on the freeway shoulder of the Candlestick Park off-ramp, and safely exit the vehicle, as it became fully engulfed in flames. Personnel were called and arrived at the scene to help extinguish the flames, but this Noble appears to be a total loss. We are glad no one was injured during this incident," the CHP concluded.
The Noble M400 was designed in Britain and produced in South Africa from 2004 until 2007. This rare mid-engined two-door coupe features a transversely-mounted mid-engine twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 borrowed from the first generation Ford Fusion and Mazda 6. This powerplant is treated to high-lift camshafts, revised fuel injection, and Garrett AiResearch T28 twin-turbochargers for a total power output of 431 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a Getrag six-speed manual with Quaife automatic torque-biasing differential. The Noble M400 is capable of a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph when it's not on fire.