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Rare Rides: Storm the Roads With a 1994 Lister

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Rare Rides broached the topic of Lister as soon as earlier than, with the Le Mans — a little-recognized and closely modified model of the Jaguar XJS. At the moment’s Rare Journey is what most think of once they hear the Lister identify: the Storm.

The corporate’s final motion underneath Lister household possession was cooperation with the Rootes Group in the early sixties. Lister contracted with Rootes to prepared a Sunbeam Tiger for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1963. However the challenge didn’t final lengthy, and was beset with points: Rootes fell into chapter 11 round the similar time as the Tiger’s engines suffered large failures. Rootes possession went to Chrysler in 1964 and Lister went dormant.

The model was revived in 1986, and began improvement of the beforehand featured Le Mans. The restricted run of preliminary automobiles infused the new Lister with money, and gave possession concepts on constructing a model new sports activities car. A Storm brewed.

The 4-individual sports activities car entered manufacturing in 1993, and featured the largest V12 engine utilized in a manufacturing car since World Conflict II. The Storm used a modified 7-liter Jaguar engine based mostly on the one from the purple Silk Minimize XJR-9 which raced at Le Mans. The engine’s 600 horsepower shifted by way of a six-velocity guide. Utilizing a monocoque chassis (and Audi eighty back lights), the Storm weighed in at three,668 kilos.

Immense energy allowed the Storm a prime velocity of 211 miles an hour, making it the quickest 4-seat street car in the world. The velocity was equally matched by a 1993 price tag of £220,000 ($327,580 USD, earlier than inflation). Maybe by design, manufacturing of the new Storm was sluggish; between 1993 and 1994, 4 Storms have been produced.

In the meantime, Lister was busy creating the Storm into a race car. The racing GTS model debuted at Le Mans in 1995, and returned as the GTL in 1997, and GT in 1999. Via totally different race groups and variations, the Storm raced till 2006 earlier than tossing in the towel. Lister nonetheless exists immediately, and continues to switch Jaguars.

At this time’s Rare Experience is one in every of simply three Storms in existence. In almost new situation and with 30,000 miles on the odometer, it bought in the UK in Might 2018 for £one hundred fifty,000.

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