On this week's episode of The Downshift, we're treated to an interview with Mosler Automotive founder Warren Mosler, where he talks about his Mosler MT900 supercar, the Consulier GTP, and the conditions that led to his company being bought out by Rossion.
This week's Downshift kicks off with Mosler talking about his company's genesis: the Consulier GTP. The Consulier was one of the first vehicles ever built in which the composite body provided the vehicle's structure, making it lighter than performance cars of the mid-1980s. Though it was powered by a small Chrysler-sourced 2.2-liter turbocharged I-4 making 175 hp, the Consulier's 1900-pound curb weight made it one of the fastest cars of the day.
We then get a look at the oddball vehicles from Mosler's history, including its attempt at building a van and an electric vehicle. After selling off its EV business, Consulier became Mosler, and went to work on the MT900. Powered by a 435-hp LS1 5.7-liter V-8, the carbon fiber 2002 MT900 went off to blow away performance records of the day; when equipped with a single-clutch automated-manual transmission, the MT900 accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and completed the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds at 126.9 mph.
Despite the killer performance, Mosler couldn’t get many buyers to bite, and last month the automaker was sold to Ohio-based Rossion, builders of the Rossion Q1, an updated version of the British Noble M400. With a new owner, there could still be life in the Mosler MT900 just yet.
You can learn more about Mosler Automotive in the latest episode of The Downshift below.