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.
But 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.
You 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.
CEO 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.”
The 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.
What do you think of the new Lister Thunder, let us know in the comments.
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