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Old 05-07-08, 01:28 AM
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New car and a road trip

Not that everyone follows my every car move...but I changed cars. I sold off the Lotus Elise a couple months ago and was waiting for a car to be built in UK, but that car is delayed and the frustration was building. I might get it by fall. Or winter. Or 2009.

So... yesterday I picked up this-






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This is a Noble M400. Designed and started life in South Africa. There is not much of any street car that can touch it as far as speed.

2006 Noble M400 finished in Silver with Black Alcantera interior. The M400 is a more refined variant of the widely acclaimed M12.

As with all Nobles, it was designed to be a high-performance track car that is also road-legal. The M400 benefits from larger turbos with higher boost, a front anti-roll bar, stiffer springs, upgraded shocks, Yokohama AO48 tires, an upgraded gearbox, more supportive seats, and a narrower central tunnel.

Power comes from a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which produces 425HP and will run the M400 from 0-60mph in just 3.3 second, and from 0-100mph in just 7.8 seconds! Top speed is 185mph and the car will pull 1.4Gs on the skidpad! The M400 has been praised as one of the most incredible supercars ever built.
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Road Trip!

The car is located in Connecticut. I am planning on flying out in early June (just a few weeks away) and picking it up. Driving to a friends in Connecticut, then to Watkins Glen racetrack in New York. I will be at the races for a few days.

Then drive to Detroit Michigan to see the in-laws. Then I have to decide...

CONSIDERING-

Driving to Philadelphia then Virginia down Skyline to Asheville NC. Then across to Deal's Gap and Tail of the Dragon. Then back north to Chicago. This adds a week to my trip.

Or..the shorter version.

Leave Detroit and head to Chicago and forget the trip to North Carolina.

From Chicago, pick up remnants of Route 66. Head through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, to Los Angeles... all along Route 66 as much as possible.
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Well, I'm glad you're up and feeling better! When you're done out east you can add an extra lef out to Colorado and drop off that car, mmkay?
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Car looks sweet, but you are going to drive that thing across the country? Doesn't seem all that practical. How is the gas mileage?
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Originally Posted by mbs
Car looks sweet, but you are going to drive that thing across the country? Doesn't seem all that practical. How is the gas mileage?
When I bought my Lotus I drove it across country. The Lotus is a lot less practical. Well... except the Lotus had a trunk. This has no trunk.


Gas mileage? This is no Prius! I have no idea what it is.

To me it is a lot easier than those crazy nuts that take motorcycles on long distance trips. I will have GPS, Laptop, Valentine 1, catheter....

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Originally Posted by melbatoast
Well, I'm glad you're up and feeling better! When you're done out east you can add an extra lef out to Colorado and drop off that car, mmkay?


I am still recuperating, but certainly on an upward trend. Because of that situation, I intend on taking it easy. Normally I bonzai my roadtrips. In the Lotus, I drove from Austin Texas to San Diego in 19 hours straight.


Now... not going to happen. Going to take it slow and easy. Stop a lot.

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Originally Posted by mbs
Doesn't seem all that practical. How is the gas mileage?
FYI, when you buy an exotic; practicality and gas mileage isn't even part of the equation.
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practicality of a true sports car are smiles and panties dropping.
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Nice ride, Randy. If I see a gray cloud whoooosh by me on the 805, I'll know it was you.
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How many cupholders?

If you follow the Route 66 trail you'll be going through Springfield, Illinois; there are a few tourist type of things you could do. Lincoln's tomb is less than a mile from Route 66 and would be quick. The Lincoln presidential museum is very nice but will take a couple hours to really see, then there's the other things like Lincoln's home, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the old state capital (where Lincoln was a state senator), etc.
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We still have a spare bedroom. You're still welcome to spend a night here.
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Will the trip have good music?
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Originally Posted by mrhan
FYI, when you buy an exotic; practicality and gas mileage isn't even part of the equation.
I guess I thought if you were going to drive it across the country (as opposed to track driving), then yes, gas mileage and practicality of driving it across country would factor into the decision.
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Man, our baby seat would look AWESOME in that.
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Originally Posted by RandyC
Then drive to Detroit Michigan to see the in-laws. Then I have to decide...
This is the point where your car is stolen, stripped and sold for parts.

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Just kidding...I love Detroit. Seriously.
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IT seems an awful lot like the car that this guy just bought

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f94/...00-sold-56141/

Nice car Randy, I take it this means you are feeling much much better?
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Originally Posted by Mole177
practicality of a true sports car are smiles and panties dropping.
That sounds like something that men think is what women think.
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
IT seems an awful lot like the car that this guy just bought

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f94/...00-sold-56141/

Nice car Randy, I take it this means you are feeling much much better?
I am feeling a little better. Not allowed to race yet, and I worry a little that I am not up to driving across the country. But we will see.
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Originally Posted by mbs
I guess I thought if you were going to drive it across the country (as opposed to track driving), then yes, gas mileage and practicality of driving it across country would factor into the decision.
Really not that much. The other car I am waiting for has no windshield or roof or heater or AC or carpet or padding or doors. The Noble seems very practical. At least I don't have to wear a helmet on the freeway.

And mileage is not really a factor assuming the tank is big enough. I know, not very "geeen" of me... but I also assume I will have better mileage than the person in the Escalade in the next lane.
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Originally Posted by Heat
How many cupholders?

If you follow the Route 66 trail you'll be going through Springfield, Illinois; there are a few tourist type of things you could do. Lincoln's tomb is less than a mile from Route 66 and would be quick. The Lincoln presidential museum is very nice but will take a couple hours to really see, then there's the other things like Lincoln's home, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the old state capital (where Lincoln was a state senator), etc.
So, this Lincoln fella's pretty big around these parts eh?
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Originally Posted by RandyC
Really not that much. The other car I am waiting for has no windshield or roof or heater or AC or carpet or padding or doors.
We have lots of those around here if you are looking for another.
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I wonder how many Nobles have gone through Tail of the Dragon. You sir, are my car hero.
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The Noble kicks all kinds of ass. Apparently among the best handling cars in the world. Where's the twin-turbo six in it from? I thought Noble typically used V8s?

Also, you really have a thing for small British sports car manufacturers. What's next, a Bristol? Perhaps a vintage Lister?
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If you go through Deal's Gap, I hope you mount lots of cameras.

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