By Stewart Smith on 2018-01-31 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Lister Thunder set
to cause a storm
ICONIC British sports car maker Lister is set next month to reveal the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car it has built.
Named the Thunder, it will be unveiled at the Historic Motorsport International, staged at London's ExCeL, where full details of the new limited-production Lister supercar will be revealed.
Lister says that the aptly-named Thunder will have a top speed in excess of 200mph, with a blistering 0-62mph acceleration in just over three seconds, and a storming 666bhp - the most the legendary Cambridgeshire marque has packed into a car.
While the full specification for the Thunder will remain secret until its London reveal, Lister has revealed that power from the model's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 has been carefully tuned by its expert engineers.
Potential Lister Thunder drivers will need to be quick off the mark, as just 99 examples will be built, with prices starting at £139,950.
The Thunder will follow the 65-year-long Lister tradition of sports cars based around the superb mechanicals of Jaguar's finest performance models, with the Jaguar F-type providing the all-new Thunder's base.
Lister has a famous history in motor sport. The company was founded by businessman and racer Brian Lister in 1952.
Lister has always had strong competition ties to Jaguar. Its iconic Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly' sports car - an aluminium bodied racer powered by a Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type 3.4-litre, straight-six engine - enjoyed notable track successes when raced by Stirling Moss, among others, in the late 1950s.
More recently, the Lister Storm, first launched 25 years ago in road car form, used Jaguar V12 power to win the FIA World GT Championship in 2000.
As far as styling goes, the Thunder comes with a stylish carbon fibre front bumper with an extended splitter giving greater down force. Lister vents decorate the bonnet and Lister decals fit neatly on the side panels of the car, with the grille centre, decals and callipers matching the interior combination.
The Thunder's interior is finished in Bridge of Weir Nappa hide, and is available in 36 colours. Lister logos are stitched into the headrests and the seat pattern echo's the car's grille.
The dashboard, door cards, roof lining and steering wheel are all hand stitched in matching Nappa leather, with the seats, dashboard and roof lining all hand finished with a contrast stitching to match the accents of the exterior.
Lawrence Whittaker, Lister Motor Company chief executive, said:Although we are not directly affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover, Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 65 years.
"Our new Lister Thunder is the fastest and most powerful Lister ever. I am utterly proud of what we have achieved, and the Thunder is just the beginning."
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