Behold: our latest glimpse of the Lister Storm II.
It's a new decade, and England's Lister Motor Company still has yet to make its Storm II hypercar a reality. The long-awaited successor to the original Jaguar-powered Lister Storm of the early 1990s, the Storm II was rumored to be powered by a supercharged, 7.8L V12 also sourced from Jaguar, pumping out somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 horsepower.
Now, it seems as though those plans are definitively out, and Lister Motor Company is instead working on an electric powertrain for its next low-volume hypercar. The company took to Twitter this month to publish a side-on sketch of the Lister Storm II with the title "Lister EV super car research" and a cryptic caption reading only "A Storm is coming..."
When the Lister Storm II first landed in the news a couple of years ago, it was reported that the hypercar would have a super-low production volume of around six units per year, each priced at nearly $3 million. It's uncertain how switching to an electric powertrain might rebalance the equation, but the Lister may have competition from the likes of the Lotus Evija - a quad-motor, 1,970-horsepower electric hypercar set to start production next year.
Of course, all of this rather assumes that Lister is able to overcome some significant barriers to production. There's been no shortage of superfluous planned electric supercars over the years that have fizzled out before ever materializing.
But Lister Motor Company has a few things that many others who have tried and failed lacked, including decades of experience. The company was founded all the way back in 1954, initially cobbling together sports cars for motor racing from bespoke chassis and MG powertrain components. Much more recently, Lister started producing its own tuned version of the Jaguar F-Type sportscar, the LFT-666, as well as a higher-performance take on the Jaguar F-Pace crossover, the LFP.
We'll wait with bated breath for the next scrap of news in the Lister Storm II saga.