Lister Cars has confirmed to Autocar that it will produce 99 examples of Thunder, a high-performance Jaguar F-Type sports car which will be revealed in January.
The Cambridge company, which is famous for its Le Mans-racing Jaguar “Knobbly” D-Type of the 1950s, has largely rebuilt the Jaguar is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 producing 666bhp.
Rory McDonnell, director of sales and marketing of Lister, said the car is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 208mph. This comfortably beats the fastest of the series F-Type on sale, the SVR, which has 567bhp and complete the 0-62mph sprint in 3.7 sec.
The Thunder of the changes include a new suspension setup to improve its agility and flashes of Lister, of the green paint on the outside. McDonnell has confirmed that the car will also get a more luxurious leather interior Nappa leather-trimmed seats.
The Thunder continues to List the increase of activity after the company returned to building cars with a continued Bumpy car race in April 2014. What has been described as â€œany new plant and approvedâ€, and who is eligible for entry into FIA/HTP Appendix K historic racing. Earlier this year, Lister launched a legal version of the Knobbly, of which 10 are examples of the production, priced from Â£225,000.
Chief executive officer of Lawrence Whittaker is also keen to develop an all-new List model. The Coach has already announced its plans for Lister hypercar to be able to do a sub-3 sec 0-62mph time and top speed of 250 mph. The new Thunder is heard to mark the first step towards his goal of becoming a new car manufacturer.
Lister, a company that was born out of motorsport, the latter produced a new model during the Storm racing program was born. In 1993, the brand has created the Storm homologation road model that has used a revised version of the Jaguar XJR of the V12 engine, before taking the race at the 1995 24 Hours of le Mans.
The Storm ran in the case of the top GT1 category against models, including the McLaren F1 GTR and Ferrari F40 LM through the end of the 1990s, with limited success, but it later became a race-winner in the FIA GT and british GT championships from 1999.