Mosler are a relatively new
name in the motor sport world. The first race car left the
factory in 2001, bringing founder Warren Mosler's dream closer
to reality. Since then the cars have campaigned in numerous race
series all over the world, including the FIA GT, Grand Am,
Japanese Super Touring and many others. The Mosler MT900R has
scored some notable successes too, including winning the British
and Spanish GT championships.
The car is powered by a
mid-mounted 5.7 litre, 445bhp Corvette V8, giving the 2,100lb
car phenomenal performance. Top speed is in excess of 200mph.
For more information (including
prices!!) visit www.moslerauto.com
seem to be on a roll recently. Their recent JGTC cars have flown
off the shelves, and more new models are on the way (can't
the meantime, without the fuss and fanfare that seems to
surround some companies, up pops another cracking model - the
Mosler MT 900R.
car, the Morrison-Mosler Racing which competed at Spa in 2003,
is the first of several planned liveries.
The model looks
very sharp. The body shell is very neat and tidy, with lots of
crisply moulded details. The car looks like it's covered in
vents, louvres and ducts, all of which are faithfully
look oversized, but when you look at the pictures of the real
car there isn't really a problem.
is very good, a nice glossy silver with no visible flaws. The
tampo printing, although fairly restrained on this livery, is
sharp and clear. The colours are solid and opaque, but there are
some minor gaps where the printing crosses panel lines.
interior is a bit dark and gloomy, as you'd expect in a racing
car. It includes the usual 'relaxed' driver, roll cage, fire
extinguisher and some nicely detailed digital instrument
displays on the dashboard. It's certainly enough to please most
The body is
secured with three screws, two at the front and one at the rear,
which makes it very easy to achieve some chassis 'float'
especially at the back.
care when removing or refitting the body. The front towing hook
fits through the bodyshell, and could be easily damaged.
chassis is dominated by the NC5 motor in it's bright pink
wrapper. The motor is rated at 20,000rpm and 290gcm of torque at
14.8 volts. It's mounted as an angle-winder driving the rear
wheels through bright red gears (12:32 ratio). Metal bearings
are fitted as standard.
interesting to note that the motor is mounted the opposite way
round to the NSX and Supra - the gear is on the left side.
The chassis is
quite flexible at the rear. This hasn't caused any problems, but
some people may wish to reinforce this area.
A button magnet
and a standard 'unsprung' guide are also utilised.
both the real car and the model are made for the track, so let's
see what it can do.
Well it's a
Ninco, so it's quick! And quiet too. It threw itself round my
track with complete composure, faster and faster as I got more
confident with it.
and braking are very sharp, almost instant, and grip levels seem
Running on my
painted Scalextric track, it will twitch and slide a little but
it sorts itself out rapidly. Real provocation will push it into
a spin, but it shows no desire to tip or roll over.
initial laps I trued the tyres (both wheels had small moulding
pips on them which needed to be removed as well). I also took
the opportunity to shorten the front axle by 2-3mm because it
was too long and rattling!
I took the magnet out...
the mag the Mosler still has lots of grip. Sure, you need to be
a little gentler on the throttle, slightly slower into corners,
but it's fractions only - the car's natural balance and
stability are always evident.
car to the NSX and Supra, the Mosler is lower than either and
has a slightly wider rear track. Overall it's longer and has a 7
- 8mm longer wheelbase. It doesn't sound much, but it's nearly a
10% difference. I suppose that's why it feels so much more
stable. Whatever the reasons, it's a great car to drive with or
really become a fan of Ninco cars, the NSX and Supra are cars I
always want to drive, and the Mosler has added itself to that
two more liveries planned this year (Kenmore and Gulf), so it
shouldn't be too hard to find one you like.
cars are usually good value and the Mosler is no exception.
Definitely worth adding to your collection!