Martin Short and Warren Mosler have been working away at the details of this project for some
weeks, but those details are now settled and confirmed – and ready to be presented to potential
The bare outline is that here is a one-make GT series for next season, for Mosler MT900s, that
will initially run, in the first year, as part of the Dutch Supercar Challenge races (where Moslers
already feature anyway). So it’s eight meetings and 16 races, with a substantial prize fund on
offer - there’s a novelty for GT racers – but the personnel at Mosler Europe are actively
encouraging owners to race in other championships and races too. The Mosler Challenge is
designed to appeal to both existing and new Mosler owners, and any team contemplating
becoming one of the latter will be able to take up a novel and very attractive purchasing plan.
There are two different versions of the Mosler on offer, so there’s an MT900 for different pockets
The overall themes for this new concept could be summed up as ‘fast, cost-effective, reliable GT
racing, carried out in the right spirit, with a prize fund, TV coverage (on Motors TV) and the full
support of Mosler Europe’.
The Prize Fund
Let’s start here, as this is such an unusual feature of modern GT racing, in Europe at least.
Prize money will total 10,000 Euros per (two-race) event, allocated to the following finishing
positions in each race:
1st position : 2,000 Euros
2nd position : 1,250 Euros
3rd position : 750 Euros
4th position : 600 Euros
5th position : 400 Euros
So potentially entrants could win 4,000 Euros at one race meeting – and there’s an end of season
prize fund too.
1st position : 15,000 Euros
2nd position : 10,000 Euros
3rd position : 5,000 Euros
Participants running in every event will receive 2,500 Euros at the end of the season.
There’s an attractive series of European circuits for Mosler Challenge runners to explore next
year. The Dutch Supercar Challenge schedule looks like this:
Races available so far (provisional) for a Mosler GT3 car, not including VdeV can be found on the
website at http://www.mosler.co.uk
But Martin Short is adamant that he expects Mosler Challenge runners to make full use of their
cars in other events.
"An owner of a GT3 Mosler could run it in Belcar, British GTs, Britcar, the Zolder 24 Hours, Spa
24 Hours – and the Mosler Challenge. We’ve shown over the years (at Silverstone, Bathurst and
Daytona) what a good endurance car it is: the engine will do two 24 hour races before it needs a
rebuild (costing typically around £5000 maximum) – or a lot of shorter races.”
The Choice of Cars
Buyers have a simple choice: a Challenge car at 150,000 Euros, or the GT3-spec. car at 225,000
“The Challenge car is essentially what we ran from 2003,” explains Martin Short, “but it should be
as quick as the GT3 as it will have the same engine, gearbox etc, but will likely be a little lighter.
The Challenge car isn’t a 24 hour car, but rather a less expensive option for certain customers.
The Challenge car wouldn't be eligible for GT3 events”
The higher spec. car has a MoTec engine management system, a flat-shift gearchange, AP air
jacks, 4-way Dynamics dampers, central wheel locking, rose-jointed suspension, 24 Hour spec
Uprights and bearings, and other differences (bodywork and wiring, for example).
Whichever car a buyer chooses, it is “crammed full of quality components,” says Martin Short.
Purchasing a Car
Here’s where Mosler Europe has made the Challenge significantly different from almost any other
area of motorsport, and Martin Short is rightly proud of the offer he and Warren Mosler can make
to potential purchasers.
“Thanks to Warren Mosler, Mosler Europe will finance the cars over a three year period. For 2008,
buyers will need to pay a deposit, and then make the first year’s payments over the course of the
year, at a cost of only 5% interest. Once the second and third year payments are made, the car
belongs to its owner, simple as that. But if for any reason someone wanted to stop after one year,
we would take the car back, as long as it is in good condition – so payments up to that point
would simply be a lease arrangement.”
Mosler owners can now plan a three year programme, over a whole variety of events, without
having to provide the cost of the car ‘up front’.
Teaming up with the Dutch Supercar Challenge
”Dick van Elk runs a very good series,” says Martin Short, “and his entrants remember why they
got into racing in the first place. A championship is meant to serve its competitors, just as Dick
does with his customers, we want entrants and drivers to enjoy their racing experience.
“In the first year of the Mosler Challenge, running as a class within the DSC, Mosler's will qualify
for overall awards within the DSC and will be competing for places, and prize money, within the
“The hospitality of the Dutch events is a major attraction, and prize-giving after the races is
organised as a proper event. Drivers enjoy being a part of that series: we know that because
there are three moslers running in the DSC already. It’s a very good model for how a
championship should be run.”
Warren Mosler has committed to at least a 3 year program, and it’s likely that the Mosler
Challenge will be a stand-alone series in 2009.
Balancing the Entries
The organisers are taking a ‘balanced view’ regarding balancing the performance of the cars and
“We expect the best teams and drivers to be the winners,” explains Martin Short, “because that’s
the essence of racing. But we don’t want anyone to run away with the races. We’ll be balancing
entries with pit stop penalties, to bring the competition closer together, if necessary. This will
allow all types of Moslers already racing in Europe to take part, without any need for engine
changes etc. We wont be turning away and Moslers because they are not the same spec as a
GT3 or Challenge car, that's for sure.
We want drivers and teams to get into GT Racing, and step up, with our help. When I was in one
make TVR Tuscans, I always looked to GT racing, and couldn't figure out how I could get on the
'merry-go-round'. Now there is a much easier route, and with a car that will do 1 to 24 hour events
without any need for expensive development.
Martin Short and Warren Mosler have definitely got something here. Motor racing at this level can
never be ‘low-budget’, but they’ve proposed some excellent features for the Mosler Challenge.
They recognise that the success of the Challenge depends upon providing what potential entrants
want. They’ve offered just that, haven’t they?