Lister shows off Thunder sports auto

Lister shows off Thunder sports auto

Lister Cars, the British race vehicle company famous for fielding some of the coolest competition cars of the 1950s, has just revealed the Thunder.

Ninety-nine Thunders will be built but no price has been released as yet.

Founded by talented businessman and racer Brian Lister 65-years ago, Cambridge-based Lister has always had strong competition ties to Jaguar. See, Lister and Jaguar have shared heritage; Lister built its own racer off the Jaguar D-Type which was raced by Sir Stirling Moss in the 1950s.

Lister says those numbers make the Thunder the brand's fastest and most powerful road auto to date, however, the Thunder was created to be the most comfortable too.

Revived British sports vehicle marque Lister has unveiled its first new auto since the Storm of the 1990s.

The Thunder is based off the Jaguar F-Type R, using that model's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood. Anyway, like what you see here, or would you like Lister to be braver still? The carbon fibre front bumper is custom made, with an extended splitter giving greater down force. A solid brass Lister badge adorns the rear spoiler, chromed for the best effect.

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Lister will also offer a carbon fiber bonnet as an option, as well as a retro-fit carbon fiber kit for existing Jaguar F-Type models that will cost £19,950. It's almost £30k more than an F-Type SVR, but you do get a new carbon bodykit, making more downforce than standard, and a choice of 36 colours of Nappa leather inside.

Inside you won't forget you're in a Lister, the brand logo is embroidered into the headrests of the seats, which, like rest of the interior, are trimmed in Bridge of Weir Nappa leather that's available in 36 different colours. As for the dashboard, door cards, roof lining and steering wheel, they're all hand stitched in matching Nappa leather and finished with contrast stitching matching the accents of the exterior.

"We came to the inaugural ExCel show previous year and it was one of the best shows we have attended, quickly selling a new Knobbly whilst on the stand!"

We use the term "new" lightly, however, because the auto unveiled by Lister on Wednesday is actually a modified Jaguar F-Type.

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. It can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h at just over three seconds and is capable of reaching speeds of over 320 km/h.

The Lister Motor Car Company may be one of the less known British sports car makers, but their latest project may help with that.

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