Seems it isn't just continuation cars that are part of Lister's business plan.
Since kickstarting the car manufacturing side of the business in 2014, the tiny British automaker Lister has only focused on making continuation cars. As lovely as it is to see reborn Knobblies and Costins (and especially examples that are fully road legal) in action again, we would like to see Lister's hand at something with 21st century origins. Hence why we are particularly intrigued by the latest project that Lister is currently working on.
Though still based on an existing chassis design rather than a from-the-ground-up Lister creation, this in-the-works 'Lister Thunder' car nevertheless is a very exciting prospect. For starters, the teaser images clearly indicate the donor vehicle will be a Jaguar F-Type (which is no bad thing, considering we're big fans of the burly British sports car). Better still, the Lister Thunder will be incredibly quick: according to Lister CEO Lawrence Whittaker, the car's devilishly monstrous 666 hp output (almost certainly derived from a tuned 5.0-liter supercharged V8) are enough to propel the Thunder from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 208 mph.
Going from continuation car construction to modifying Jaguars may seem like an odd business decision, but there is a historical precedent for this. For instance, Lister turned 90 Jaguar XJS examples into 480-hp, 200mph-capable 'Lister-Jaguar' monsters in the late 1980s, and Jaguar engines have been used in many a Lister - including the formerly record-breaking Storm supercar and the original Lister Knobblies. As of yet, Lister is still trialing prototypes of this F-Type-based product, though we anticipate a full reveal for the upcoming Lister Thunder isn't too far away now. Keep your eyes peeled on this little car manufacturer from Cambridge.