Unique of the Week: 2009 Mosler MT900S

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Weighing just 2,200 pounds, the Mosler MT900S has a quarter mile time of 12 seconds flat.

Founded in 1985 by Warren Mosler, the small supercar company was originally called Consulier Industries. It was later split up and became Mosler Automotive when its parent company changed its name to Consulier Engineering. And the newly named company soon launched the Intruder, which was basically a rebodied version of their original car, the Consulier, but was powered by a new 300hp GM LT1 engine. In 1996, a modified Intruder took part and won the One Lap of America competition.

In fact, the car was later banned from the event after winning it three times. Being replaced by the Raptor in 1997, the most significant difference was the new car's V-shaped split windshield that was able to reduce drag. Powered by the same GM 5.7-liter V8, it could go from 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and had a top speed of 163mph. In 2001 it was replaced by the also rear-wheel drive MT900, of which three versions have been built. The standard MT900 was again powered by the LS1 V8 with 350hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and featured a carbon fiber chassis.

Although many claimed it had a plain looking exterior, Mosler stated this was the result of it being specifically designed for improved aerodynamics. The MT900R was launched at the same time and was the racing version of the base car. It had its official debut at the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona. And in 2003, the MT900S was launched, one of which is now for sale on eBay. Now powered by a 600hp Corvette Z06 LS7 7.0-liter V8, it was penned by Corvette designer Rob Trenne, whose previous work included the C5 Corvette. According to Warren Mosler himself, "the MT900S road car was designed to be the extreme performance vehicle."

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It officially set 9 performance records, including 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 179mph. In addition to the V8 and its carbon fiber body, it has a six-speed manual, six piston brakes, Alcantara seats, a JVC stereo and JL audio speakers, and Bluetooth. With a silver exterior and black interior and only 1,528 miles, it has a 'Buy it Now' price of $259,888. Interestingly, 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas was the first person to take delivery of a MT900S in 2006. Although it can't go into hyperdrive like the Millennium Falcon, the Mosler MT900S definitely has it where it counts. Photos courtesy of eurocaroc

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