THE much-vaunted Lister Thunder, announced to a blazing fanfare back in January, is no more. Instead, get ready to welcome the Lister LFT-666, the first of a mere 99 examples of which will hit the roads in October.
It's basically the same car, but, for reasons known only to themselves, the British specialist sports car maker has decided to rename its Jaguar F-Type-based supercar.
Which might disappoint some buyers who rushed to place orders thinking that Thunder was a more than apt name for a 666bhp car - the most powerful in the brand's 65-year history - capable of more than 200mph.
According to company boss Lawrence Whittaker, there's one very good reason for the name change - Lister is now working on creating the world's fastest SUV.
"Originally, we named the prototype the Lister 'Thunder' ", he says, "however, due to future model lineage, all 99-production models will now be known as the Lister LFT-666, a befitting title and one where an intrigued passer-by instantly knows the brake horse power of each Lister model.
"We also have more new models to follow soon, including exciting news on our attempt at creating the world's fastest SUV, which I can announce will be named the Lister LFP."
Full details of that model will follow in due course, says the company, but you don't have to be a genius to work out that it will be based on Jaguar's F-Pace luxury SUV, given Lister's long-standing partnership with big cat brand. LFT for Lister F-Type and LFP for Lister F-Pace - get it?
Since it was revealed at the turn of the year, Lister has been busy refining and developing its take on the F-Type.
The LFT will feature all-new Lister designed carbon fibre body panels, helping to create a lighter and more aerodynamic vehicle. Exclusive Lister replacement parts include the front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, a new grille design and new lightweight alloy wheels fitted with Michelin tyres.
By replacing many of the GRP parts of the standard F-Type, Lister has created a lighter and stronger car that offers improved aerodynamics on both road and track with the end result being a much faster car than the standard model. Lister has also re-worked the suspension and some interior parts, including the steering wheel and seat design.
In addition to the 99 examples of the supercharged five-litre V8, priced from Â£139,950 for the ‘base' car, Lister will also offer wheel and body enhancements for standard Jaguar F-Type models worldwide, with kits starting from £9,750 for the Lister badge, bumper and wheel upgrade. Non-tuned cars with the Lister body enhancements will be known as simply the Lister LFT, with no BHP denotation.