Global steel and engineering business, Liberty House Group, has been commissioned by Noble, a UK-based sports car manufacturer, to provide the advanced steel tubular chassis structure for its 650bhp M600 supercar.
Two of Liberty’s subsidiary businesses – Hub Le Bas and Liberty Pressing Solutions – are collaborating to deliver a number of the custom built chassis to Noble’s requirements.
Hub Le Bas, a UK-based distributor of steel tube and other related steel products, is providing tubes in four different grades: stainless, electric resistance welded, structural hollow sections and cold drawn seamless. These are then further engineered in-house using tube laser cutting machines.
The tube components will then be delivered to Liberty Pressing Solutions, a UK-based manufacturer and supplier of pressed components, assemblies and vehicle chassis. The business, which specialises in bespoke chassis production and assemblies for niche and luxury vehicles, then hand-builds the steel structures for the Noble M600 cars to the client’s specification.
Peter Boutwood, managing director and designer at Noble, stated, “The bedrock of an ‘analog’ car (one that does not take advantage of computer-led driver assistance) is the chassis. This vital and exacting piece of the manufacturing process is the foundation of a great handling car. Therefore it is absolutely paramount that the chassis is manufactured with skill and attention to detail. Finding people who share our philosophy for meticulous detail and precise engineering was not an easy task, so we are delighted to have Liberty on board.”
The Noble M600 chassis will be complemented by a super lightweight full carbon body and interior, bringing the vehicle weight to just under 1,200kg giving the M600 a power-to-weight ratio of 558bhp per tonne and a top speed of circa 225mph.