Thunder ready to roll for Lister

Riley Riley

Just 99 of examples of Lister’s rolling Thunder will be built priced from $A250,000 apiece.

Thunder will be the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car in the UK company’s 65-year history.

The legendary Cambridge-based Lister Motor Company has been inundated with inquiries since it announced the car, with £3.1million-worth of orders taken within the first 24 hours.

Thunder is set to make its public debut at Historic Motorsport International, staged at London’s ExCeL from February 15-18.

Based on Jaguar’s F-type, the car will be powered by a 500kW supercharged V8, have a top speed of 335km/h and be able to blast from 0 to 100km/h in just over three seconds.

Founded by racer Brian Lister 65-years ago, Cambridge-based Lister has always had strong competition ties to Jaguar.

Its iconic Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ sports car – an aluminium-bodied racer powered by a Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type 3.4-litre, straight-six engine – enjoyed notable track success when raced by Stirling Moss, among others, in the late 1950s.

More recently, the Lister Storm, first launched 25 years ago in road car form, used Jaguar V12 power to win the FIA World GT Championship in 2000.

Thunder is set to follow in the footsteps of these models, with the acclaimed Jaguar F-type providing the basis for the car.

While the full specification will remain secret until its London reveal, Lister confirms power from the showroom model’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 has been carefully tuned by Lister’s expert engineers.

The Thunder’s bespoke coachwork enhancements have also been overseen by Lister’s CEO and owner Lawrence Whittaker and have been produced to standards that match or exceed original equipment.

The carbon fibre front bumper is custom made, with an extended splitter giving greater down force.

Lister vents adorn the bonnet and stylish Lister decals fit neatly on the side panels of the car, with the grille centre, decals and callipers an exact match for the interior combination.

The rear bumper is also bespoke featuring a carbon fibre design, which houses the enlarged rear Lister carbon exhaust tips that give a ‘thundery’ note when pressed.

A solid brass Lister badge adorns the rear spoiler, but has been chromed for best effect.

At the front, a beautifully enamelled green and yellow racing Lister badge sits perfectly in the front grille.

A carbon fibre bonnet will be available as an option, with a retro-fit carbon fibre kit also to be offered exclusively by Lister for existing Jaguar F-Type models from $A28,000.

The Lister’s custom interior is finished in the UK’s most expensive Bridge of Weir Nappa hide and is available in 36 colours.

Lister logos are stitched into the headrests and the seat pattern echo’s the car’s grille.

The dashboard, door cards, roof lining and steering wheel are all hand stitched in matching Nappa leather, with the seats, dashboard and roof lining all hand finished with a contrast stitching to match the accents of the exterior.

A short video of the Lister Thunder has been produced, presented by former-Lister Storm racing driver Tiff Needell.




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