Monday, 7 July 2014

Lister Storm

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Lister Storm is basically a unicorn. Everyone's heard of it, but you just never see them. Do they even exist...?
Well, yes, obviously. But only just. The race car debuted in Storm GTS form at the 1995 Le Mans 24hr, and evolved into the GTL and GT which competed in GT1 and GT2 racing up until 2006. And the homologated road cars, like the one you see here? Um, no, they didn't really take off. Powered by a 7.0-litre Jaguar V12 directly derived from those used in the Le Mans XJRs, the 546bhp Storm could hit 60mph in 4.1 seconds while seating four adults in comfort; however, it also cost £450,000, and that was back in the mid-nineties - the equivalent of around £970,000 today. So Lister only actually built four road-going Storms, three of which survive. The car you're seeing here is phenomenally rare, then. And yes, those brutal, uncompromising looks are somewhat challenging, but you can't deny that it's a magnificent package. A luxurious 2+2 with a race car engine? The moneyed collectors of 2014 must be falling over themselves to bag one of the three survivors. This car is effectively priceless.

Spotted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - more photos here.

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