Car Feature>>the Super Gt Mosler Mt900m

SUPER GT is known for the wide variety of low-volume production-based cars, and the Mosler certainly is one of them. The latest interpretation of the car to run in the series is from a team that’s new this year, and remarkably only the foreign-based outfit in the series.

Based in Singapore, ThunderAsia Racing has committed to the full season after a toe-in-the-water exercise last season at Sepang.

Unable to make their scheduled appearance in the season-opener at Suzuka, the team were eager to make the most of their debut outing in the following round, at Okayama.

All hands on deck! It’s a uniquely international crew that take care of the car; Singaporeans, Europeans and Japanese all mucking in.

Power comes from 3.4-litre Judd unit, tuned to comply with GT300 Regulations.

Inside the cockpit, the car is well laid-out, but smaller than expected.

It sure looks the business.

Drivers Melvin Choo and Tim Sugden pose ahead of what should be an eventful season.

Of course, this isn’t Melvin’s first appearance in SUPER GT, last year at Sepang he shared this Mosler MT900R with marque boss Martin Short.

The car ran as an exhibition entry, ineligible for points. In its then configuration, the machine was far quicker than the regular GT300 cars, and it quickly rose to 2nd overall in the opening laps (after qualifying eighth). Unfortunately, a steering linkage problem put paid to the pair’s day before half-distance.

Still, it was exciting to see an ‘outside’ entry racing alongside the rest of the cars. It’s all too rare for even domestically-based spot-entries to make appearances.

Melvin came back to Japan later in 2009 when the GT3 Asia series was a guest support event at the Autopolis SUPER GT round in October. For that weekend, Choo’s mount was his GT3-spec version of the car, one in which he regularly competes. He won one race at Autopolis, and came 2nd in the other.

The first example to race in the JGTC was back in 2001, the chassis then passing through the hands of a number of smaller teams in the following seasons. This is from 2005, when A& S Racing were campaigning the car.

By 2006, it looked like this.

And in 2007, had morphed into this livery.

This latest version is the most serious effort by a Mosler-equipped team so far. Let’s hope Melvin and Tim have better success than their predecessors. And maybe their involvement in the series will spur on other teams from overseas to take the SUPER GT plunge.

– Len Clarke



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is this car based on a production car?


Yes, the Mosler MT900 is a production car. Limited production, but production none the less.


Yes it is. Mosler MT900. The company is based in south Florida. They started out making the Consulier GTP in the mid-late 80s.


GOoooooooooooooooooo Mosler!


I never understood the JGTC regulations, in the GT300, find cars like this Mosler, once there was a McLaren F1, a Diablo and a lot of cars that are now competing (or should) in the FIA GT1 which is closer to the GT500 category in th JGTC.

The point is, cars like the Mosler seem to be too big and too powerful to compete in the lower category, so why not tune them to participate in the GT500? Maybe the GT500 is reserved for Japanese cars?

Some one has the answer?


Darmanos: It has to do with the aerodynamics, and how the car is built. GT500 cars are purpose-built, and have aerodynamics dominating the design criteria. Massive front and rear diffusers that far exceed that allowed in older FIA GT, ALMS GT1, or the new GT1 WC rules. These are basically prototypes with silhouette bodies placed on them, compared to ALMS GT1, which still actually used the original chassis, albeit heavily modified. The ALMS GT1 and old FIA GT cars that were campaigned in GT500 were never even close to competitive, as they simply didn't have the aerodynamics (downforce) to be able to compete, therefore more cars "imported" from other series usually opt to be restricted down, power-wise, to the GT300 class as the aerodynamic and chassis rules closer reflect that of other series around the world.


nice review, it could be cool if you could do as well for the others makes running in Super GT...


@Juluis: Yes it is based on a low-volume Corvette-powered supercar, the Mosler MT900. Mosler's been in the low-production sports car business since the '80s. Some of their cars (Google "Mosler Consuiler") are butt-fugly but they are all wickedly-fast track cars.


McLaren F1 copy.


this car always reminds me of the maclaren f1 gtr, now even more with the gulf livery!!


Thank you malcolm.strachan, i think i was underestimating the GT300 category a little bit...


in a nutshell.. a pig ugly car.. but a 'low-production Monster' on the track!! thanks for the reminder..


thanks malcolm.strachan