Lister Cars, of the United Kingdom, created the Lister Storm due to the homologation requirements of racing at that time. So, beginning in 1993, the Lister Storm came to existence for the general public. Lister Cars used the biggest V12 motor squeezed into a production car since the early 1940s. What engine did they use you ask? Well, it was a 427 cubic inch (7.0 liter) Jaguar block that was based on the one used in the Jaguar XJR-9 that competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now, as you can imagine, this car was rather expensive, and because of that, only four examples were produced. There are only three of these cars still surviving today but the Lister Car Company still continues to maintain racing models. The storm was the fastest four-seat grand tourer during the 1990s and into the early 2000s.
Now, for the meat and potatoes about this car: The motor is a two-valve V12 engine that produced 546 horsepower at 6,100 RPMs and 582 foot pounds of torque at 3,450 RPMs. The car has a standard drive-line with the engine in the front and the drive axle in the rear of the car. This English Supercar tipped the scales at 3,668 pounds and was capable of accelerating from 0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds. Can someone say Yeee Haaa! or should I say Jolly Good Ole Chap!
Now, for the racing history of this particular car: The Lister Storm GTS debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 in the GT1 class. It competed against cars such as the McLaren F1 GTR and the Porsche 911 GT2. Unfortunately, the car did not perform well and failed to finish due to gearbox failure after only 40 laps.
In 1996, the Lister team decided to give the Storm an early test for Le Mans by entering just one Storm in the 24 Hours of Daytona but, once again, they failed to finish. Even with this letdown, the team pushed onward to Le Mans and this time the car was able to finish the race in 19th place. Lister decided after Le Mans that they would enter the Storm GTS into some other GT racing events but the car failed to finish every race it entered for the rest of the 1996 season.
For 1997, Lister realized that the Storm GTS was a turtle in comparison to some of the newer GT1 class competitors, such as the Porsche 911 GT1. The Storm was therefore redesigned, with a longer and more aerodynamic front end added to the existing car. This car was referred to as the Storm GTL. The car debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona and it managed to take 19th place overall and fourth in its class. When the time came for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two new Storm GTLs were entered, but neither of them was able to finish. Later in the year, a Storm GTL would travel to the United States to participate in the final two rounds of the FIA GT Championship series and failed to finish both of those races as well.
I take it by now that you see a pattern for this car on the track and while it is a disappointing one, the car did experience success with the GT version of this car. In 1999 the car lost the aerodynamic bodywork seen on the GTL and returned to a “stock-like” front end. The team announced they would participate in the full FIA GT Championship season under the new GT2 class rules. This time the team managed to take fourth place at Hockenheimring and that was followed by a third place at Zolder. Lastly, a second place was earned at Donington Park. These successes brought Lister into a tie for fifth place overall in the teams championship at the end of the season. Going into the 2000 racing season, the two GT cars experienced 9 victories and in 2001 the two cars were able to pull in 3 victories for the season. The Lister racing team again began to experience problems in 2003 which steamrolled into the ultimate demise of this car in 2006.
Racing is a very expensive way to develop a road version of the car being raced but, when done successfully, it will ultimately create the best of the breed. While Lister still maintains its racing versions of this car there may come a day when it will appear on the street once again, but don’t hold your breath.
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