Here Comes The GT3 Mosler
This weekend’s Britcar 24 Hours sees the first public appearance
of a GT3 (test mule) Mosler – entered, naturally enough, by
Martin Short’s Rollcentre Racing, the winners of the 2005
event, and Short is the man in charge of Mosler Europe.
Three of last
year’s winning crew – Short, Jamie Derbyshire and Nick
Jacobs - are joined by Ed Morris, so all four have 24 hour experience.
does the chassis, which is last year’s winner (right), but
it’s running in a different specification this time, and it
could turn out to be a very significant machine going into 2007.
real difference in the spec. is that it’s running the stock
7 litre LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06,” begins Martin Short.
“But we only fired it up for the first time on Monday of this
the 24 Hours takes place tomorrow (Thursday September 7), with practice
and qualifying on Friday.
a wider issue here than simply running the car in a GT3 specification
in one race.
all part of a programme to prepare the car for GT3 next year,”
continues M. Short. “We’re working with Peter Wright
at the FIA so that he knows what performance can be expected from
the car. Undoubtedly it will need slowing down – but that
puts us in a very nice position: we’ve got a strong, reliable
package, one which won’t need any upgrades or changes for
reliability, and the FIA will need to slow it down, rather than
us try and make it faster . There’s no need to alter the basic
specification from where it’s been for the last few years.
FIA GT3 Championship holds a special interest for us, and although
the final spec. needs to be ‘nailed down’, we’re
anticipating a price of £130,000 to £150,000 + vat,
ready to go. The parts are also very cheap: I’m lucky because
I don’t need to make a living selling Mosler parts –
because we don’t sell many! The running gear is all tried
and tested and very tough, and the stock LS7 engine costs just £8,400.
It needs some modifications, but we’d anticipate a cost to
the customer of £12,000 for a spare– but for that price,
he’s buying an engine that should complete a number of seasons
on the track without a rebuild.”
the Mosler as a “fully developed, reliable, turn-key package,”
and it’s hard to argue with that view.
have competed successfully at numerous other 24 Hour races, Bathurst
(a second, and then the next year, a fifth overall), Daytona (GTS
class winner), the Zolder 24 Hours last month (third in class),
the Spanish GT Championship (2004 winner) and in British GTs –
2003 Champion, and runner up (with the Balfe Mosler).
With road cars
being produced by Breckland Technologies at a rate of two each month,
plus a new facility at St. Ives to produce race cars and look after
road cars, Mosler Europe, Breckland and Mosler in the US are building
for the long-term, and with potential interest from Britcar and
Belcar customers, the GT3 version of the MT900R could become the
most successful race car version yet.
can be converted to GT3s, so if a three-car team looks likely for
next year, they wouldn’t even need to buy three new cars.
that the Jaguar has been welcomed into the International GT3 arena
already," says Martin Short, "without a car turning a
wheel. "Stephane has given his blessing that we can run the
Mosler in the National GT3 classes: however I am hopeful that we
will be able to go International FIA GT3 sooner rather than later.
We are very serious about this. We have the first of a run of six
GT3 cars in build at our new facility in St.Ives. We have shown
good support to British GT over the last four years, and the GT3
concept is just where we want our cars to be, but preferably, internationally
as well. I would worry for my customers if they invested money in
a GT3 car and then couldn't run it in the big series. I would struggle
to sell the cars on the basis that they would be "good for
National, and hopefully we will be going International". It's
going to be a struggle isn't it? I believe Stephane wants 'manufacturer'
names in GT3, and I can understand that. I hope though that he will
also look after his friends.....who have cars, with pedigree, reliability,
and sensible costs and pace."
is looking forward to this weekend’s Britcar 24 Hours, but
certainly isn’t making any assumptions about being the favourite:
he’s too experienced in endurance racing… and knows
that anything can happen in events of this kind.
a far less pressured event than others, and everyone is happy to
go racing. And it's all thanks to that loony James Tucker!”
are some top quality driver line-ups in the race again this year,”
adds Jamie Derbyshire, “of which we’re just one, and
it’s definitely going to come down to whoever has the least
amount of trouble and time in the pits that will win it.”
as we stay out of trouble I think we should be in good shape for
a chance to cross the line first on Sunday afternoon again.”
Jamie Derbyshire with the winning car last year. Snot green again