What if I told you that there was a supercar from the 1980s that cost less than the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa and could outrun them both on a race track? And what if I told you that this car could also yield 30 miles per gallon? You would probably think I was crazy.
Well, such a car does exist and in theory, it sounds fantastic. However, there is just one drawback to the Mosler Consulier GTP…the way it looks.
One of my favorite things about Barrett-Jackson is coming across all of the weird, limited-production, boutique cars that you just never see anywhere else. The Mosler Raptor GTR is a perfect example of this.
Started in the mid-1980s, Mosler Automotive has been the side project of hedge fund manager Warren Mosler. Unfortunately, the company seems to have dissolved in 2013. The Riviera Beach, Florida-based company made a variety of cars for the street and for the track, and one of these was the Raptor GTR.
History dictates that Americans are primarily focused on drag racing and NASCAR while Europeans are focused on Formula One racing. During the past couple of years though, I have noticed a surge of interest in road course racing in the USA.
These are not small time events where people dart around cones in a Mazda Miata or Honda S2000. If you can afford the annual membership fee, you can probably afford a purpose-built track car such as a Factory Five GTM, Gumpert Apollo, Ariel Atom, or Rossion Q1.
At the 2013 SEMA Show, I discovered another contender in the street-legal-track-day-car market: the Radical RXC from Radical Sportscars.
Check out this video clip from the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas as Simon from Spring Mountain Motorsports goes over some of the performance and features of the Radical RXC. We think you’ll be just as impressed as we were.
The great thing about the Radical RXC is that you can ditch the flatbed trailer – this is a completely street legal car! Put a set of plates on it and drive it to work, stop by the track and set a few lap times, then drive it home. Oh, to be rich!
By a show of hands, how many of you have heard of the British supercar manufacturer Noble Automotive? Not very many. Well then, even less of you have heard of the Noble’s sister car, the Rossion Q1. This is a pretty unusual car that deserves some attention, but before we delve into the Q1, it is necessary to cover a little backstory first.
I love the GTM Supercar from Massachusetts-based Factory Five Racing. I’ve written about it before when a beautiful blue one showed up at a local cruise-in here in Phoenix. At this year’s SEMA show, I spied this very sharp red and black GTM Supercar at the Factory Five Racing booth.As it turns out, the car belongs to Bob Bailin of Pennsylvania, a Factory Five customer. According to what I could find online, this car features a 505 horsepower LS7 engine from a Corvette Z06 and a Porsche transaxle. The car also features Corvette suspension parts.
The 1960s were unquestionably the golden era of muscle cars. Federal Crash Test Standards and the Oil Crisis of 1973 had not yet rained on everyone’s parade, and the Big 3 American automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) were engaged in a horsepower war with each company trying to one-up each other.
During this time car manufacturers were basically selling full-on race cars to the public. The Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Dodge Charger R/T, Plymouth Superbird, Pontiac GTO “Judge”, Oldsmobile 442, Camaro ZL1/Z-28/SS, Shelby GT500KR, and the Ford Torino Talladega all packed monsterous engines that were often underrated in terms of true power output.
One muscle car from this era that is not often mentioned is the Central Office Production Order Camaro, or “COPO Camaro.”
Have you ever thought about buying a Mazda Miata but were put off by the car’s lack of power or it’s ‘chick car’ image? Well, you’re in luck because the Catfish from Bauer Limited Production fixes both of those problems.
The Catfish is based on the 1990-2005 Miata platform, but you’d never guess thanks to the creative body work. The car rides on a tubular space frame chassis with an upgraded Mazda A-arm suspension and thankfully, looks nothing like a Miata.