The last time Riviera Beach-based supercar maker Mosler Automotive made waves in automotive circles was about a decade ago with the release of its lightweight speed demon, the Mosler MT900 (see Eric Barton's piece on the subject).
Now there's the Mosler RaptorGTR, which includes some superimpressive claimed stats, a whole lot of drama, and a music video that's almost as cool as Rico Suave. Let's start with that video:
What? Who? What?
After years of music videos airing on MTV and the like involving fast cars, women, and crappy music, it's never quite reached that level of weird.
Even worse, the video was followed by an exposé from Jalopnik in which the folks at Mosler claim the man behind the video, Todd Wagner -- an alleged business partner -- doesn't have a distribution agreement for the car. Aside from that, Warren Mosler told them his company isn't even producing the car.
To make things worse, the car itself had a bit of a problem before that "music" video.
In what we can only describe as the most apologetic segment of The Car Show we've ever seen, a test of the car didn't quite live up to the expectations, and heat issues eventually made the RaptorGTR profoundly weak.
Even better, the music video used a short clip from that segment (around 1:52 in the music video) of The Car Show crew trying to take a corner in the RaptorGTR and spinning out of control.
Still, that strange music video has nearly 100,000 views on YouTube, so it has to be worth something, right?
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