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Revived Lister Motor Company Wants to Build a Hypercar

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/30/2014 Erick Ayapana

Lister Motor Company announced its ambitious goal of producing a hypercar, which it says will be "world-beating." For that title, it would have to challenge the best from McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche, and Pagani. Aside from a few conceptual sketches, the British sports car maker doesn’t have a timeline or concrete powertrain details for its hypercar project.

That’s because Lister is still seeking out investors to fund the hypercar. In an interview with Auto Express, Lister Cars managing director Lawrence Whittaker said the company is aiming for a 7.8-liter supercharged V-12 engine that’ll produce at least 1000 hp and launch the hypercar to a top speed of 250 mph. Unlike the sophisticated McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, the Lister hypercar won’t have hybrid technology.

“We are not interested in building the fastest car we can, but one that puts the Lister name in the forefront of people’s minds with a world-beating product,” Whittaker told Auto Express. Lister Hypercar Project Sketch Various Angles© Provided by MotorTrend Lister Hypercar Project Sketch Various Angles

The Lister name has been around for 60 years. The company’s claim to fame came in the 1950s thanks to a number of successful race cars, including the Lister-Jaguar that featured a powertrain from the Jaguar D Type and a Lister-built “knobbly” body and chassis. The brand faded and resurrected a number of times since, with the Lister Storm race car that competed in Le Mans in the 1990s.

More recently, the company was resurrected about a year ago by Lawrence and Andrew Whittaker, a father-and-son team that reportedly has the support of Brian Lister, the original founder. Since the re-launch, Lister has sold recreations of the 1958 Works Lister Jaguar “Knobbly” that is built at the company’s factory in Cambridge, U.K. Customers are given two engine choices, including the original Jaguar D Type 3.8-liter six-cylinder and a 4.6-liter V-8 that previously powered the classic Lister Costin Corvette race car.

Lister says it has sold nine copies of the Knobbly recreation car that carries a price tag of about of about $560,000. Additional news on the planned hypercar, however, will have to wait until the company locks down funding.

Source: Lister Motor Company, Auto Express

Lister Hypercar Project Sketch Front Three Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend Lister Hypercar Project Sketch Front Three Quarters

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