American Mosler coupe and Dale Brede to make Nations Cup debut in Adelaide.
An American-built Mosler coupe, a car that has captured hearts at the past two Bathurst 24-Hour races, will make its debut in the Australian Nations Cup Championship with a young V8 star at the wheel this season.
Adelaide team Rupprecht Motorsport will enter a new Mosler MT900R for 29-year-old Dale Brede, with their first race scheduled in round one of the GT sports car series at the Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide on 18-21 March.
The car is expected to arrive in Australia by airfreight in the next fortnight.
It was built before Christmas at Mosler's Florida factory under the supervision of owner Warren Mosler, who attended last November's Bathurst 24-Hour.
Currently, it is in England for detail completion by Mosler race expert Martin Short.
Brede's car will be the latest version of Moslers entered in the 2002 and 2003 Bathurst 24-Hour events by Short's Rollcentre Racing team, for which Ralph Rupprecht was race manager.
Short and his co-drivers finished second in the inaugural race and fifth in the second race last November.
The low-slung, sharp-sounding Mosler was one of the most popular cars with fans around Mount Panorama.
Ross Palmer, Executive Chairman of Nations Cup and Bathurst 24-Hour organiser PROCAR Australia, welcomed the Mosler as another significant step in the growth of the series, which is about to start its fifth season.
"Last year we had Peter Brock and two 7.0 litre Holden Monaros come into Nations Cup and now I'm very pleased to welcome Ralf Rupprecht Motorsport, Dale Brede and the fabulous Mosler MT900R," Mr Palmer said.
"It will undoubtedly be a spectacular performer and the signing of Dale to challenge other young guns such as Paul Stokell, Nathan Pretty and Allan Simonsen, plus the existing entry of renowned makes like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Monaro, BMW, Porsche and Viper, shows the Nations Cup is a very high-class competition.
"The new season should be a thriller. Ralf Rupprecht has advised PROCAR a second Mosler is a big chance and I'm expecting confirmation of at least two more new GT cars from other teams in the next few weeks."
Rupprecht is looking forward to showing the Mosler to his home crowd at the Adelaide Parklands circuit.
"The Adelaide street circuit has some special memories for me and it's only 15 minutes from our workshop, so I can't wait. It will be great to start our season in Adelaide," he said.
"Dale has been successful in many categories from karts to V8 Supercars and we believe that he is the ideal choice for the car. We are over the moon about having him on board."
Brede, from Canberra, has completed two seasons in the Konica V8 Supercar Series, including a series second, and had valuable Level One experience with the Holden Young Lions team last year.
"Motorsport is all about passion and when Ralf first spoke to me about the Mosler, I was hooked," Brede said.
"It is simply the best car to run in the series.
"I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that Ralf and I give this car a winning debut season Down Under."
The Mosler MT900R, a competition version of the roadgoing Mosler MT900S, weighs in at just more than 1000 kilograms with a carbonfibre chassis, Chevrolet 5.7 litre V8 engine and sequential-shift transmission.
As well as Bathurst, competition results include the 2003 British GT Championship.
The Australian Nations Cup Championship will be part of the PROCAR Champ Series, also featuring the Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, V8 Brutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship and the Formula Green Futureracers Series.