British firm famous for its Knobbly Jaguar racers of the 1950s returns with 208mph sports car based on the Jaguar F-Type

Lister Cars has confirmed to Autocar that it will produce 99 examples of the Thunder, a high-performance Jaguar F-Type-based sports car that will be revealed in January.

The Cambridge-based company, which is famous for its Le Mans-racing Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ D-Types of the 1950s, has extensively rebuilt the Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 so it produces 666bhp.

Rory McDonnell, head of sales and marketing at Lister, said the car is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.2sec and a will have a top speed of 208mph. This comfortably beats the quickest series F-Type on sale, the SVR, which has 567bhp and completes the 0-62mph sprint in 3.7sec.

The Thunder's modifications include a new suspension setup to enhance its agility and a flashes of Lister green paint on its exterior. McDonnell confirmed that the car will also get a more luxurious interior with Nappa leather-wrapped seats.

The Thunder continues Lister's increasing activity after the company returned to building cars with a continuation Knobbly racing car in April 2014. This was described as “all-new and factory-approved” and is eligible for entry into FIA/HTP Appendix K historic racing. Earlier this year Lister launched a road-legal version of the Knobbly, of which 10 examples were to be produced, priced from £225,000.

CEO Lawrence Whittaker is also eager to develop an all-new Lister model. Autocar has previously reported his plans for a Lister hypercar to be capable of a sub-3sec 0-62mph time and top speed of 250mph. The new Thunder is understood to mark the brand's first steps towards its goal of becoming a new car maker.

Lister, a company that was born out of motorsport, last produced a new model when the Storm racing programme was born. In 1993, the brand created the Storm homologation road model that used a reworked version of the Jaguar XJR’s V12 engine, before taking it racing at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Storm raced in the event’s top GT1 category against models including the McLaren F1 GTR and Ferrari F40 LM through the late 1990s with limited success, but it later became a race-winner in the FIA GT and British GT championships from 1999.

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1 December 2017

I have seen this car, as the factory is a stones throw from the Mother-in-laws, and only 5 miles from me, and believe me, it has huge road presence and the sound is just awesome, this deserves to shift in significant numbers.

 

1 December 2017

the lister or that range rover?

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