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Mosler RaptorGTR : rare and fast super car priced at $700,000
Mosler developed and produced extraordinary street and racing machines with a principal focus on lightweight technologies. The primary ingredient in the Mosler vehicles was extensive the use of the strongest and most expensive materials in the world. For example, the roof structure was a total of 20 layers of 3×3 twill carbon-fiber yielding a safety cell that proved to be the strongest structure the crash-testing agency had ever tested. Pound-per-pound, carbon-fiber is 5 times stronger than steel.
Unfortunately Mosler was pulled into the vortex of the financial downturn and only produced one of its latest products, the 2012 Mosler RaptorGTR. This product features both light weight and high power, netting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any factory street car ever produced: 649hp/ton.
The development and testing process for a vehicle at the cutting edge of technology is lengthy and extraordinarily expensive. It’s the sport of kings. In the case of the Mosler MT900s (the first Mosler vehicle), even if the truly massive development, crash-testing, emissions-testing, certification and tooling expenditures are ignored; the cost to build every Mosler vehicle to the required level of perfection was breathtaking. Having first-hand knowledge of this process, it is clear why low-volume carbon-fiber hyperexotics typically cost more than $1,000,000USD.
Earlier Mosler products won the Car & Driver Lightning Lap both times that they competed against the best from Lamborghini and Ferrari. Mosler MT900R race cars hold the highest percentage of podiums/start of any manufacturer in FIA sports car racing. The pinnacle of the Mosler’s street & racing development is the RaptorGTR, which combines the proven, crash-tested, ultralight, LeMans Prototype-style construction chassis with a truly exotic powerplant with visible twin turbos and several upgrades to the interior and exterior. The combination produces 838hp at an overall weight of 2580lbs; netting a power-to-weight ratio of 649hp/ton. The turbos behind the 7.0L forged V8 engine produce a fighter-jet soundtrack above 4000rpm that is unlike anything else on the road.
Acceleration = Force / Mass. The RaptorGTR’s 838hp doesn’t sound superlative compared with the 1200hp Bugatti Veyron SuperSport, however horsepower is only half of the equation. The other equally-critical factor is the weight that the engine has to propel. The RaptorGTR’s 2580lbs (1173kg) is nearly a ton lighter than the 4545lb (2066kg) Veyron SuperSport. The Bugatti’s power-to-weight ratio comes in at 528hp/ton. This is 121hp/ton less than the RaptorGTR. For reference, a 2012 Porsche 911 has a power-to-weight ratio of 230hp/ton.
The chart below tabulates the power-to-weight ratio of the top supercars and hyperexotics available in 2012. Figures are estimates based on published data.
|Product||Power||Weight||Hp/Ton||Price (USD)||Production (est)|
|Bugatti Veyron SuperSport||1200||4545||528||$2,400,000||100|
|Ferrari F12||730||3355||421||$450,000 (est)||3000|
Only one person will get to enjoy the machine that Ezra Dyer of Automobile Magazine described as: “It’s like a bomb went off behind the rear bumper and we’re surfing the shockwave.”
The only place this vehicle will be shown is at the Epic Hotel, Miami on October 12-14thst, 2012 during the Festival of Speed. See FestivalsOfSpeed.com for more information.
Additionally, RaptorGTR #001 will appear in Kat Deluna’s upcoming “Wild Girl” music video.
Although only one person can own the highest power-to-weight ratio street car in the world, millions of enthusiasts will get to enjoy the online version of the RaptorGTR exclusively through AutoClubRevolution.com; a new online racing community developed by the engineers behind the largest console racing games. The virtual RaptorGTR is launching in time for Christmas as the highest performing car in the game: VPR over 600. Stay tuned for the exact VPR figure.
The 2012 Mosler RaptorGTR was developed by Supercar Engineering in cooperation with Mosler and fully built by Mosler Automotive. Supercar Engineering developed and owns technologies integrated into the RaptorGTR.
The RaptorGTR was intended to be the next model to extend the Mosler line. Macroeconomic conditions, phase-in of electronic stability control requirements on low-volume vehicles built after September 1, 2011, and other looming regulations for the American market has led to the Mosler factory being idled after the first RaptorGTR was completed and sold to Supercar Engineering on August 25, 2011.
Supercar Engineering purchased the RaptorGTR from Mosler in conjunction with an Exclusive Distributorship in China and Thailand. Since the change in circumstances has resulted in only one Raptor being built, SEI is marketing this unique vehicle to China as well as Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. The list price is $700,000USD. Interior and exterior can be tailored suit the buyer’s taste. Please direct inquiries to Supercar Engineering, Inc: 203.668.3904 or Supercar.Engineering.Inc@gmail.com. Supercar Engineering is responsible for the content of this release. See RaptorGTR.com for more information and photos.