When Lister unveiled its new Thunder earlier this year, there wasn’t as much excitement as you’d expect. As “just” a 666hp Jaguar F-Type, it wasn’t the company resurrection many may have hoped for. Even with a 208mph top speed.
But Lister fans may have something to cheer today, as company boss Lawrence Whittaker has posted his plans — again, on Twitter.
A glimpse into the future of Lister… The Storm II. pic.twitter.com/n3zctMxnvD
— Lawrence Whittaker (@ListerLawrence) February 21, 2018
Whittaker’s Tweet reveals his intent to make a new Storm supercar. Although only a design concept at this stage, Lister has been seeking partners for a new supercar project. The £14m run of 99 Thunder models will help bankroll the Storm II.
The original Storm was an unusual car in many respects. Lister was able to use a Jaguar-sourced 7-liter V12, similar to that in the Jaguar XJR-9 Le Mans racer, and the XJR-15. However it mounted the engine in the front of a bespoke aluminum chassis, creating a 550hp grand tourer.
The sketch from Whittaker’s message shows something a little different. This car has a mid-engined profile, reminiscent of the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision GT car.
Lister is likely to draw on its Jaguar connections for the power unit again. Exactly what this will be is a mystery at present; Jaguar doesn’t currently make anything like the old V12, and even Lister’s own 666hp version of the supercharged V8 is likely to be insufficient for the Storm.
The fact that Whittaker has chosen to picture the car alongside Lister’s most famous vehicle, the Knobbly, suggests it may have some racing aspirations. This may be in a new supercar category of endurance racing, pitting it against Aston Martin’s Valkyrie and the Mercedes Project ONE.
We’ll bring you more details when we get them.