Mosler Men In Cologne
The Professional Motorsport World Expo in Köln, Germany (November
7 – 10) is a new event, created largely for the benefit of
professionals. Bart Mampaey, team owner and manager of RBM, the
reigning World Touring Car Champions, described it as “well
organized, from the parking through to the welcome desk to the show
As already known
to dsc readers, there was the launch of a new racing car: Martin
Short and Mosler Europe presented the Mosler MT900R GT3. They received
initial approval in September, to run the car in the European GT3
capable of building a good number of cars for next year –
about ten – with the aim of six of them going to the FIA GT3
series. The others might go to national GT3 championships, such
as Belcar, the new German GT series and other domestic series such
as British GTs,” explained Martin Short yesterday.
“The car is has been racing in various forms since 2001, and
has finished numerous 24 hour races in that time, with some great
results. It's been fine-tuned to become this GT3 car, one of the
great features of which is the 7 litre Chevrolet LS7 engine (derived
from the Corvette Z06). The advantages of this engine are its cost
and its prodigious torque, power and reliability. And should anyone
need a replacement engine, it costs just £12,000 complete.”
And then there's
the cost of the complete car: 200,000 Euros.
One of the happy
Mosler customers was also in Köln. Guino Kenis runs a Mosler
GT2 in the Belcar series and has been very successful this year.
“Indeed, except from the first race in June, where we retired
after a puncture, we always finished on the class 2 podium, with
the season’s highlight in Spa in September. Together with
Michaël De Keersmaecker, we finished first in class and third
overall, behind the two SRT C5-Rs,” says the BMW dealer from
Turnhout, Belgium, and owner of the G&A team.
Mosler is a superb race car. The driving of it is close to the Super
Touring BMW I drove in the nineties. If you want to go really fast,
you have to drive within the small rev range of the 5 litre Chevy
engine, which makes it not so easy to go fast but on the other hand,
it’s really challenging for a real race driver. It’s
the complete opposite of the C5-R I drove on the Bugatti in the
FFSA GT; that’s a car running on torque. Last but not least
the Mosler is reliable, as we proved during the Zolder 24 hours,
by finishing sixth overall.”
Mosler runs the 5-litre Chevy owing to the Belcar rules.
made the point that since running the Mosler, "our workshop
is now immaculate, because we don't work all hours on the car, as
we have done in the past."
G&A will run at least one Mosler in Belcar 2007.