It’s not an F-Type, seriously it’s the new Lister Thunder

Britain used to be a titan of the motor industry, we had so many manufacturers it would take me all day to list just half. But sadly over time our British car industry has dwindled to become a shadow of its former self, Jaguar are now owned by Indian company Tata, same with Land Rover, Mini, Triumph, Bentley and Rolls Royce all owned by various German marques. Our car industry is now basically non-existent.

Lister Thunder 2But in our heyday one of the things we were especially known for were sports cars, and now a company from our legendary past is attempting a comeback. Of all the companies to make a return Lister are attempting to rekindle the old magic with the new Lister Thunder. Now what you may be thinking right now is no that’s just a Jaguar F-Type, and you’d be right the Lister Thunder is essentially a Jaguar F-Type that has been reengineered by the all-British team at Lister. While we will have to wait for the full specs at the big reveal in February, Lister have confirmed a low 3.1-second 0-62 time and a ‘devilish 666BHP’ thanks to a 5.0 Litre V8 with a top speed of 208MPH, the fastest production Lister ever.

Lister Thunder 3You may be thinking the Lister Thunder is just a modified F-Type and you’d be right but Lister’s history with the big cat goes back much further than the Thunder. During the 50’s Lister saw success with the now legendary Lister-Jaguar Knobbly sports car (has there ever been a more British name than that) which saw a lot of racing success with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel. A Jaguar V12 powered the incredible Lister Storm which won the FIA World GT championship in 2000.

Lister Thunder 4CEO of the Lister Motor Company Lawrence Whittaker sees Lister as a new tuning company specifically for Jaguar “Like Brabus and AMG with Mercedes and Alpina with BMW, we are hoping to become synonymous once again with tuning Jaguar vehicles, giving customers new enhanced, bespoke performance and design alternatives to Jaguar’s acclaimed model programme.”

Lister Thunder 1The Lister Thunder is getting a new interior finished in Bridge of Weir Nappa leather and also receives a shiny new carbon fibre body kit that Lister is also offering for standard F-Type owners. Only 99 examples of the Lister Thunder will be built with a price tag of £139,950 all built to their owner’s specifications, making each on unique.

Will Lister save the UK car industry, I doubt it but that doesn’t make the Lister Thunder any less of an incredible car, Lister have a phenomenal history in the motoring world both on the track and on the road. The Lister Thunder is just the next example of that classically British talent for Sports cars.

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Jaguar tease the E-Pace

epaceteasermediasitecarouselJaguar have announced the existence of a smaller more compact version of the F-Pace. The E-Pace is a compact SUV similar to its Land Rover brother the Evoque on which it shares a base platform. The E-Pace is expected sometime in early 2018 where it will join the F-Pace and new electric SUV the I-Pace. Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, said: “The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-PACE stands out. Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses, and we think E-PACE will do just that, albeit with its own individual character.”

Jaguar E-PaceThe E-Pace has a projected price of £28,500 and Jaguar is hoping this new compact SUV leads to the same success of the F-Pace’s impressive 83% sales boost, and on a base level it should, a cheaper version of the already popular F-Pace, Jaguar could be onto an even bigger success than the F-Pace. Jaguar also say the AWD system was developed from is sports car divison meaning that a E-Pace R may also be on the cards in the future, but that is pure speculation and maybe a bit of hope on my part. The full reveal of the E-Pace will take place on the 13th of July.

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The Return of the Shooting Brake

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It’s been around twenty years since we’ve seen a successful shooting break. The idea of a good-looking two door car is every mans dream and the fact you can fit a family along with there luggage in these cars is very helpful. The last successful shooting brake was the Reliant Scimitar, “Princess Anne had one of those you know”.

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But recently we’ve seen a rise in rumours of a new breed of shooting brake, the Ferrari FF started everything off personally I am a massive fan of the FF. A V12 Ferrari that you can take the kids in is awesome, many people don’t like the FF because its not a ‘real Ferrari’ these people are idiots if car companies are going to be successful they need to evolve.

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After the FF was released Aston Martin showed off a shooting brake of the new Rapide sadly it was just a rendering and won’t be put into production this is a problem with most of the shooting brakes, a lot of shooting brakes are merely custom cars such as the Rinspeed 911 (technically a pickup) this was the case with the recent Jaguar F-type shooting brake merely a rendering from a custom car builder.

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I think in the next ten years we will see more and more shooting brakes as every one of the shooting brakes I’ve mentioned have received massive interest from car fans and potential buyers, which could encourage manufacturers to finally bring back the shooting brake.