Supercar Buying Showdown: Noble M12 vs Factory Five GTM

If you walked into a child’s bedroom, circa the 1970s and ‘80s, you might have been greeted by a poster (or two) of supercars. Back then, the shapes and names were somewhat expected – Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari F40, Porsche 959 and the like. Now, that’s not the case.  These days there’s a veritable rainbow of popular mass market supercars ready to grace children's bedroom walls… or iPad screens. Amongst that vast fleet are two particular off-the-beaten-path models that although low in production, are brutally effective on track – the Noble M12 GTO-3R and the Factory Five GTM. Which is the one to buy? You tell us! Follow the links above to find both supercars up for sale online, and let us know which one you’d pick for a spot in your garage. RELATED: Take a closer look at the rowdy Noble M12 GTO-3R In 1999, racing driver and engineer Lee Noble – the brains behind the original Ultima track car – decided that quarterbacking one supercar project wasn’t enough. He pulled together funds and created a new company in Leicester, UK called Noble Automotive. Right off the bat his cars were smoking good. According to period road tests, his quickly evolving M12 GTO-3R was especially sublime. The 3R featured a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (plucked from a Ford), a six-speed gearbox (also Ford), limited-slip differential, and 352 rambunctious horsepowers eking to escape its midship. When they did, those ponies rocketed the M12 from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and through the quarter mile in under 11.8 seconds. The Nobles may have been built in South Africa, but the M12 could rival the best of Italy… many times at a fraction of the price. The striking red Noble listed above shows only 26,000 miles, and only 18,000 on its newer engine. RELATED: Lee Noble's Ultima track car has become a 1,000HP monster Located in Wareham, Massachusetts, Factory Five made its name by becoming the go-to producer of AC Cobra replica kits. Generally speaking, most of the Cobras you see prowling around probably got their start at Factory Five. But in the early 2000s, the company decided to build a supercar, a dream which finally came to life in 2007 with the GTM. A kit car itself, the GTM package retails starting at around $25,000 and can transform a donor Chevrolet Corvette C5 into a world-beating, mid-engine monster. Inevitably power comes from whatever LS V8 engine you opt for, but this track-tuned example sports an LS2 V8 built to crank out 550 horsepower at the wheels. It might just be the most hardcore GTM around. In fact it actually is the #16 car pictured on Factory Five’s website - now in new ownership and with a new, incredibly thorough rebuild. It’s also allegedly not far from street legal... just needs wipers and a horn. There you have it, the pride of Leicester against the beast from Massachusetts. Which supercar would you buy? RELATED: See more photos of the incredible Factory Five GTM supercar ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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