First Drive: Mosler Photon

A stripped-down, track-focused variant of the luxurious MT900S, the Photon has an interior of mostly exposed carbon fiber. A powerful A/C system keeps the interior cool--important, since the side windows are fixed.

What (and who) is Mosler?

You know the adage about joining them if you can't beat them? In Warren Mosler's case, his defeated -- and disgruntled -- rivals got together to ban him instead.

Mosler got started in racing with his Consulier GTP. In 1991, after successes in SCCA club racing, Mosler moved up to the professional ranks. In the inaugural race of the IMSA Supercar series, Consuliers finished first and fourth. But IMSA didn't want to see such a weirdly angular (read: incredibly ugly) car embarrassing exotic Porsche 911 Turbos and Lotus Esprits, and weight penalties eventually rendered the car uncompetitive.

A radically reworked Consulier called the Intruder won the One Lap of America in 1996, and a rebodied version dubbed the Raptor prevailed in 1997 before being "absent by popular demand," in the felicitous phrasing of Car and Driver's Tony Swan, the following year. After a Raptor won again in 1999, it was "disinvited"-car scribe Dan Neil's description-by race organizer Brock Yates. Starting to see a trend here?

The lightning-quick carbon-fiber MT900R qualified on the class pole for the 24 Hours of Daytona three consecutive years and scored a GTS win in 2003. The reward for this achievement? The car was essentially banned by Grand-Am, and it no longer races in the United States. But the MT900R and the MT900GT3 continue to win GT races and championships in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ironically, the chassis of these all-American cars are assembled at Rollcentre Racing in England. At last report, no fewer than twenty-five cars were being campaigned worldwide.
-- Preston Lerner

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Hello Mr. Mosler,I just have to say I echo the previous poster's comments and that I feel guys like you can bring America its soul back.I also think your cars are amazing and I know I certainly can't afford one. That's why, since you're not really concerned about selling them, I'd like to ask you to give me one. For free. In return I promise to drive it all around and be an absolutely awesome ambassador of good will for Mosler Auto!Much mahalo & aloha,Steven
To get a sense of the performance advantage of my cars, when raced in GT3 around the world, under the 'equalization formulas' the Mosler's are required to carry approximately 400 lbs of ballast and the engines are restricted,while running against the likes of the latest Porsches and Ferraris allowed to run hundreds of pounds lighter than their street weights.
America needs more "hyper-exotic" and "boutique" automakers. In automakers like this is where you find a nation's soul and passion for cars.
Excellent write up, thanks!My goal has always been to produce the world's top performance car manufactured US road legal, and to the best of my knowledge the Photon continues that tradition. Performance enhancing changes from the MT900s include the narrowed body work that substantially cuts drag and improves acceleration, top speed, high speed handling/cornering as it further lowers the record lap times of the MT900s. And it was probably capable of going at least 5 seconds a lap quicker than the 911 you were following.Note that the quotes presumably from me were not my words.Also, Todd is a consultant, and not an employee, with aspirations of buying Mosler Automotive. I know of no partnership with Santa Fe though from this article it certainly looks attractive! The forecasts, visions, and opinions are entirely his own. (And the power steering is optional)The Photon offers the experience of extreme performance. Warren Mosler

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