The Noble M14 Sports Car

The Noble M14 – A close look at this sports car including performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices from Classic to Modern.

THE CAR

Designated the Noble M14 sports car, the next addition to the Noble line-up of super cars was introduced, in late 2004, at the British Motor Show with a price tag of £74,950.

Its designers had an eye to it competing with such prestigious rivals as the Porsche 996 Turbo and Ferrari 360 Modena.

The styling was to be distinctive, and moving away from that of its predecessors, whilst incorporating forceful features in the front section.

The rear of the car featured an arc of six different lights, and the two exhaust pipes were positioned centrally, for maximum impact, and above the rear diffuser.

Since the M14 was now marginally longer and wider than the M12, this led to an increase in available space within the cabin, as well as creating an additional luggage facility in the front.

The interior received leather trim throughout, whilst wool carpeting covered the floor area.

No expense was spared when it came to the seating, which had a carbon fibre frame, and was covered in leather. The position of the sets was fully adjustable in all directions.

With an eye to the driver, the M14 was fitted with air conditioning, electric windows, a heated windscreen, an immobiliser, and optional satellite navigation.

It had a composite glassfibre body on a steel space frame chassis, and the cabin was constructed with an integral roll over cage for additional safety.

The additional luxurious fitments increased the curb weight from 1080 kg to only 1150 kg.

It used 33 cm AP Racing vented and drilled disc brakes all round, 18 inch alloy wheels, a redesigned steering wheel, and power-assisted steering.

THE ENGINE

Following on from the M12 GTO-3R sports car, the Noble M14 was powered by a highly tuned 3 litre, Ford Duratec V6 engine, fitted with two Garrett T25 turbochargers that produced 0.7 bar of boost, together with two intercoolers, that were positioned behind the rear wheel arches, and helped to produce additional storage space at the rear of the car.

Linked to this unit was the same six speed manual gearbox used in the M12 series, with gear ratios chosen to produce relaxing high speed driving.

With a compression ratio of only 8.5:1, this arrangement developed 400 bhp at 6100 rpm (redline was 7200), and 385 ft/lbs of torque at 4750 rpm, the majority of which was available at around 3000 rpm, so increasing the engine’s flexibility

This produced a top speed of 190 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 secs. Technical data:

COMPETITION

Typical competition for the Noble M14 included the following sports cars: Porsche 996 Turbo S, and Ferrari 360 Modena. Noble performance:

This concludes my Noble M14 Sports Car Review.

How To Get Your Car Out of a Ditch

Rain and motor oil makes for slippery roads. So do bald tires, low tire pressure, reckless drivers, and several other types of inclement weather conditions. Overall, there are many reasons why car wind up in ditches. If you just drove your car into a ditch, there is no need to worry. You have several options to choose from, all of which will help to ensure your safety, protect your vehicle, and get you back on the road again. Continue reading to learn what you can do to get your car out of that ditch!

Ensure Your Safety

Even though you are on the side of the road, you are still vulnerable. So the very first task you have after driving into a ditch is ensuring your safety and the safety of your passengers if you have any. Do this by first by turning off your ignition and putting your hazard lights on. Next, you will need to also put your parking brake on to prevent sliding down further into the recession. If you are in a high-traffic area or on a dangerous roadway, you should contact police and inform them of your accident so they can help block traffic.

Adjust Your Car’s Weight

If your vehicle was not damaged, you might be able to drive it out of the ditch yourself. Do this by adjusting your vehicle’s weight. If you have heavy items in the backseat or trunk, get rid of them temporarily. This includes all passengers. Just be sure they are safe and far from the side of the road. A lighter load can help your car get out. Also be sure to remove your parking brake before trying to drive out. If you are stuck in snow or mud, you will actually need the extra weight to gain traction. This brings us to your next option.

Get Some Traction

Your car is stuck because it lacks a sufficient amount of traction to grab the ground and propel itself out. To remedy this problem, find some traction. If you have rear wheel drive, place something that will provide traction behind the rear tires. If you have front wheel drive, place these items in front of the front tires. Items that may work include carpet mats, sand, cardboard, clothing, and blankets.

Call the Professionals

It is pointless to try over and over again if your car is stuck. After a few attempts, if you are not successful, it is time to contact a local roadside assistance or towing company. They have the proper equipment to safely pull your car out of a ditch. They operate on a 24 hour basis, and can respond to your location quickly because they are dispatched from the road. Their rates are fair as long as you choose a reputable and experienced towing service.

Me & My 280Z

Driving a stick took some getting used to, especially since I usually wore heels, but when I drove my Datsun, I operated the vehicle. Driving up the mountain from Ramona to Julian in Southern California was pure pleasure.

Initially, my little ride was great going to MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. My former car, a Galaxy 500, was like a boat to drive and maneuver. One day, I hit three cars trying to park. My journalism teacher Johnny Heard let me call my dad from his office. He stifled a laugh with a cough when I said, “Dad, I hit a couple cars.”

One really strange thing happened somewhere around 2009. I was leaving the Raven Orchard in Julian and my horn started blowing non-stop. I was already nearing Lake Cuyamaca so I pulled into the restaurant.

People came rushing out and the cook asked what the problem was. “I can’t get it to stop honking,” I shouted over the obnoxious noise. In the 30 plus years that I’d had the car, the horn never once worked. I had an air horn behind the passenger seat that I had as a back up.

Returning to the orchard with the horn still in full shrill, I had to pass through town. I waved like I was in a parade and held Billy the Boxer’s paw up. Finally, my Irish friend Patrick Brady cut the wire and silenced the beep.

Here’s where it got really bizarre. As I left the mountain for the second time, I took the scenic route, as the incredible landscape came into view, the car’s horn started blowing again! I pulled over and got out to stare at my blaring car.

Returning to the orchard, my friend googled that there was a back-up horn that kicked into gear if the primary horn failed. It is incredible that both went haywire on the same day. I’ve always wondered if the person in Japan that built my car died that day. The second horn was the car saluting its creator.

One of the best memories I shared with my Dad was when he walked out of the Marriott in Mission Valley. He was stunned when he saw the beautifully, restored version of that precious 2-seater. He laughed and said he needed it back now.

Sparkling rust paint to match the original, a new engine and all the bells and whistles: an awesome stereo, new seats, carpet, interior and the dash was upgraded. A Bose stereo was installed and placed in the rear of the coupe rather than behind the seats. The car could now be filled with music and often was.

At 17, when I drove this car, my long, blonde Texas hair got the attention. At 47, people just wanted to take a closer look at my ride. It was truly restored with love and was worth the 10k that was spent.

And then, I got into trouble with the IRS. They seized my Z and sold it at auction. I read that the opening bid would be $4500. The car was 35-years-old at the time and we were the original owner. I felt like a piece of my family left when I lost this heirloom.

Different Types Of Car Repair Services

Whether we like it or not, chances are that we’ll have to take in our auto for car repair at one point or another. It may be for simple maintenance and service such as an oil change. In the case of a collision or accident, damages may be more extensive and require more care including dent removal and auto body work. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of car repair.

Auto Body Repair can restore a vehicle to its original condition after a serious collision. A certified technician performing auto body repair may perform simple tasks such as replace the bumper or fix minor dents. In case of a serious accident additional work may include straightening the frame.

Daily usage can give a worn appearance even on the most well-maintained cars. Detailing involves a very thorough cleaning inside out. The technician may use polish in order to smooth out tiny scratches and wax is applied to achieve a glassy showroom quality shine. Additional procedures may involve cleaning the engine, shampooing the carpets and even neutralizing unpleasant odors. It’s a good idea to detail a car before you decide to sell a vehicle because it boosts up the car’s value.

Many people also find themselves having to replace auto glass at one time or another. It is illegal to drive with a cracked or broken windshield due to the fact that it obstructs the view of the driver. It is actually very dangerous to drive with a cracked windshield; any force to the windshield can cause it to break. It’s important to have auto glass replaced as soon as possible if there is any damage in order to avoid bodily harm.

No one likes unsightly dings or dents on their car. “Paintless Dent Removal” is a process where tools are used to repair the dent. This technique can also be used to fix repair caused by hail damage. This process only works on minor dents.

Always ask for an estimate before you have any services performed on your automobile. In some cases you may opt to purchase your own parts online since that may be cheaper than purchasing it through the repair shop. It is a good idea to make sure that all the technicians are properly certified. Car repair and auto body services enable us to keep our cars running smoothly and looking great for many years to come. Taking good care of your auto also assures that you will be able to fetch a good price once you decide to sell it.

Newly Launched Nissan Evalia XV-S – A Sneak Peak

The lately introduced face-lifted version of Nissan Evalia MPV, Evalia XV-S which is priced at Rs. 10.55 lakhs at ex-showroom Delhi is all set to rock the Indian roads. The silently launched top-of-the-line variant has been updated with some new features like 15 inch alloy wheels and captain seats.

A Sneak Peak

The new face-lifted MUV launched by the Japanese manufacturer is an upgraded version of the top end XV model. This version comes with rear wiper, sliding windows and captain seats for the middle row. However, the design philosophy has not been touched. Except for the rear washer, wiper and 15 inch alloy wheels, rest all features remain unchanged.

The seven seater vehicle is undoubtedly a good drive and also features rear AC vents to comfort the passengers at the back seat. The tilt steering option in the MUV further enhances the overall driving experience, depending on different city conditions. The cushion pillow set, seat belt pad, neck pillow set, steering wheel cover and carpet mat are some additional features provided by the company.

A 1.5 litre dCi K9K diesel engine powers the MUV that churns out a maximum power of 88 bhp, 200 NM of torque along with an impressive fuel economy of 19.3 kmpl. The five speed manual transmission transmits power to the front wheels, which is amazingly good. On the whole, Nissan Evalia XV-S has a hugely spacious cabin and is an ideal people carrier. Nevertheless, people will end up paying Rs. 30,000 extra for the new version and there are no much changes in the design and the mechanical.

Thumbs Down!!!

However, there are no major updates, but the additions have been done to the new XV-S variant only, which means customers who are not very pleased with this new model will not be able to enjoy the new features in other Nissan versions. Moreover, customers will need to pay Rs. 30,000 extra for the XV-S, as compared the top end XV model.

In contrast, where Innova has been able to maintain its virtue and super-excellence in the market, Nissan Evalia XV-S has turned out to be more like a utilitarian. Its van like design and ergonomics have given it thumbs down for personal usage.

If you are really not impressed with the new XV-S and are ready to invest your hard-earned money on any of the 2012 Nissan models, then you can buy any of the models and enjoy a heavy discount of nearly Rs. 2 Lakhs.