In 1985, a bond trader named Warren Mosler started a company called Consulier Industries. Consulier Industries introduced a lightweight, mid-engined car named "Consulier GTP". The main idea behind Consulier was to create a performance car, the relied on being lightweight, rather than high power, much like Lotus.
The Consulier GTP is what started it all, the worlds production car with no structural metal. It utilized a fiberglass monocoque chassis, and the series 2 used a carbon fiber / kevlar body. This made the Consulier extremely lightweight, the Series 1 weighed in around 2,200 lbs (998 kg). To help keep the weight down the Series 1 Consulier GTP was equipped with a Chrysler Turbo 2.2L, which was sourced from the Dodge Daytona.
The GTP was criticized for being so hideous, but regardless of looks, it would prove to be highly successful at the race track. The Consulier won many races, until it was banned by the sanctioning body IMSA in 1991.
- 0 - 60: 5 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 13.9 seconds
- 60 -0: 100 feet
- MPG: 30+ mpg
The thing to remember, is that those performance numbers were tested in 1987, the Consulier GTP far exceeded any other cars of the time. This car was so fast that Mosler Automotive (formerly Consulier Industries), set a $100,000 prize to anyone who could race a street-legal production car around any racetrack in America, and beat the Consulier, no one was able to get the cash.
The MT900 was released in 2001, and was built from the ground up to be a lightweight race machine much like the Consulier. It came about from a man named Rod Trenne who worked at Unigraphics, who had designed a car, and wanted Mosler Automotive to built it for him.
Rod Trenne mentioned that he wanted to take it racing, and thats where the development of the MT900 began. The major thing that set the MT900 apart from the Consulier is the engine, gone was the turbo-4-banger in favor of an LS1 V8.
- 0 - 60: 3.5 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 12 seconds
- Top speed: 150mph
- MPG: 19/28
Mosler had taken the first MT900 Photon to Motortrend, where they tested it and set 9 performance records with it. In europe it has been banned from FIA international racing because the competition had no chance.
Mosler Automotive was never very successful at selling their cars. But they proved a point, light weight is the key to a better car. The Consulier out-handled every car on the road and even by todays standards is a fast car. The MT900 is just ridiculous, big power, low weight, and good aero. Although their cars look a little weird, we think its perfectly okay.
When you're trying to do something way outside of the box, such as a the worlds first composite car, function is far more important than form.