LISTER STORM CONCEPT – WITH 8 LITRE V12 JAGUAR ENGINE!!!

The Lister Motor Company was revived back in 2014, and since then the British company’s boss, Lawrence Whittaker, has made no secret of his desire to see the company produce a hypercar capable of taking on the likes of McLaren, Pagani and Koenigsegg. It now appears those plans may finally be coming to fruition after the automaker’s CEO revealed a sketch of a sleek two-door sports car, accompanied on social media by the words: “A glimpse into the future of Lister… the Storm II.”

Lister resumed vehicle production in the last few years with a track-only recreation of its most iconic creation, the Lister Jaguar “Knobbly” D-Type. That was followed by the Thunder, which is a road-legal 208mph sports car based on the current Jaguar F-Type. Both of those models attracted strong early interest, and that seems to have bolstered the company’s confidence about what it can achieve in the future.

 UK motoring publication Autocar has reported in the past about the willingness and eagerness of the company’s CEO to develop the company’s own all-new Lister model. Lister has already looked for investors to help with the development of such a car, which it’s believed could utilise a Jaguar-derived 7.8-litre V12 engine producing somewhere in the region of 1,000 bhp.

The original Storm was in production during the mid-1990s by a previous incarnation of the Lister Motor Company. Under the bonnet of that one was a 7.0-litre V-12 Jaguar engine that meant it was regarded at the time as the fastest four-seat GT available.

To be considered in the same class as the models Lister wants to rival with the new car, the Storm II would need to deliver a zero-to-60mph time of less than three seconds, and a top speed heading towards the 250mph mark. Both road-going and track-only variants would be offered, although production of both is likely to be extremely limited, to say the least. That could mean as few as six cars produced each year by the company, although that’s probably only to be expected as prices are likely to be in the region of £2 million each.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR – SEASON MOVES TO MEXICO

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are ready to continue their fight for points in the fifth E-Prix of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit is 2,500m above sea level placing greater physical exertion on the drivers and provides a new environment to test the key components of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2. Panasonic Jaguar Racing have shown significant improvement this season and hope to follow-up on their double point-scoring finish in the previous round in Santiago.

Last season Mitch Evans took fourth place in a dramatic Mexico City E-Prix – the Jaguar team’s best result of season three. This season at least one driver has consistently finished in the points and the British team have risen to fourth in the team standings. The team are hopeful that they can deliver another points finish at the only permanent racetrack in the series.

Mitch Evans, #20: “Mexico last year was a fantastic moment for the team. It was the first and only race both drivers finished in the points. So far this season we have made huge improvements on our race strategy and the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 has proved it is a fast race car. Santiago was one of my best performances in Formula E to start in last place and finish seventh was amazing. I’m hoping we can build on that in Mexico City and bring home more points.”

Nelson Piquet Jr, #3:In the last four races we’ve been consistently scoring points on a variety of tracks, both traditional street circuits like in Santiago and semi-street like Marrakesh, so we are hoping we will perform just as well on the traditional circuit in Mexico. Our Jaguar racecars have speed and with every race we get closer and closer to the front of the field. We will push again in Mexico and keep learning and improving as we compete for vital championship points.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s continued success on track has run in parallel with the development of the all new Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV, which will be launched on 1 March while the race team are in Mexico City.

James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “The launch of the new Jaguar I-PACE is a very exciting moment for Jaguar Land Rover and a proud time for our race team. Jaguar joined Formula E as the first premium manufacturer to accelerate our learnings and develop innovative technologies faster and more efficiently than ever before. Electric street racing solidifies our Race to Innovate mission, and marks a new chapter in our move towards electrification. Mexico City was our best race in our first season and we look forward to another strong performance from the team.”

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PARALYMPIAN CURTIS McGRATH IS JAGUAR’S NEW AUSSIE AMBASSADOR

A former soldier who was already thinking of his future as an amputee athlete while being rescued from a war zone has today been named Jaguar Australia’s newest ambassador.

Paralympian Curtis McGrath, who is also an ambassador for the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games, lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Critically injured, he was evacuated to Germany where he underwent several rounds of surgery before being sent home for more surgery and intensive rehabilitation. Determined to march in his unit’s homecoming parade, he endured three months of intensive and painful rehab to ensure he could take his place among his comrades.

During his battlefield rescue Curtis discussed the possibility of becoming a Paralympian with those taking him to safety. Talk became reality when, after learning to swim again as part of his rehabilitation, he felt motivated to get serious about sport.

Unsure about which discipline to follow, Curtis finally settled on outrigger canoeing and quickly establishing himself as one of the world’s best before moving to sprint kayaks after a 2015 rule change.

He is currently preparing for Portugal’s Paracanoe World Championships starting on August 21, almost six years to the day since losing his legs on the battlefield.

A resident of Queensland’s Gold Coast Curtis, who turns 30 in March, said he was surprised when offered the role of Jaguar Brand Ambassador but proud to accept it.

“It’s a great feeling being appointed as Jaguar’s Ambassador and I’m proud to be associated with the company. Jaguar’s support for the Invictus Games is outstanding and what the company does for the military veteran community is great,” he said.

Matthew Wiesner, Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s Managing Director, said the determination and motivation shown by Curtis in his endeavours to become one of Australia’s great sportspeople was nothing short of inspiring.

“In a relatively short period of time Curtis turned what could have been a personal, life-changing disaster into ongoing outstanding achievement,” Mr Wiesner said. “We are not only proud to be associated with him but pleased that he has become an ambassador for the Jaguar brand as well as for the Invictus Games.”

Curtis’s ambassadorial Jaguar is an F-PACE First Edition, fittingly finished in Halcyon Gold – as befits a gold medal-winning athlete. Halcyon Gold is a limited colour exclusive to First Edition models.

Setting Curtis’s car aside is its professionally-fitted hand control system for accelerating and braking which, he says, is a little like using a computer game console.

Jaguar Land Rover is a presenting partner and major supporter of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event for serving or former armed services personnel who are wounded, injured or sick.

This year’s Invictus Games will take place in Sydney in October and Curtis will be there cheering for every competitor.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SELLING 100 SURPLUS COLLECTION VEHICLES

Jaguar Land Rover is to sell off many of the surplus, non-JLR vehicles from its ex-James Hull Collection, at a dedicated Affordable Classics sale by Brightwells at Bicester Heritage on March 21.

All of the 100 vehicles will be offered at no reserve, and the collection includes many special editions and one-offs. If you fancy the idea of an Austin Allegro Vanden Plas, a Rover P6 shooting brake or a solid Morris Minor, then this is the sale for you – but there are also Citröens, a Chevette 2300 HS, a Borgward Isabella Coupé, and even the four-wheel-drive Ferguson Scimitar prototype.

Jaguar Land Rover purchased much of the vehicle assortment back in 2014, from serial classic collector Dr James Hull. Representing every decade since the 1930s, this accumulation of 543 cars was estimated to be worth £100 million (roughly $139.5 million), although JLR refused to disclose how much it paid at the time.

Jaguar Land Rover has cared for the cars ever since, and now the excess stock is to be handed down to individual enthusiasts. A collection of memorabilia, nearly 200 pedal cars, a Riva speedboat, and several large-scale aircraft will also go under the hammer.

Besides the cars to be offered for auction, Jaguar Land Rover is also planning to loan 40 classics to registered UK charity Starter Motor. These will help encourage a new generation of young enthusiasts learn the skills required for the maintenance, restoration and driving of historic vehicles. Land Rover is continuing this trend by offering apprentices at its plant in Solihull three classic examples of the marque on which to develop their own skills.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig said of the Brightwells auction: “We are expanding the range of services we offer to our clients, and the space created by the sale of reserve fleet vehicles will allow us to focus on exciting initiatives. These include Reborn versions of the Range Rover and Jaguar E-Type, Works Legends cars for sale, and the Classic Collection, which are iconic vehicles cared for by a team of specialists at the new Classic Works facility in the UK.”

He continued: “This program of activity also allows Jaguar Land Rover to inspire and train a new generation of classic car enthusiasts, and I am particularly pleased to be supporting the Starter Motor charity through the loan of 40 historic vehicles, including heritage models from Jaguar and Land Rover.”

For an idea of how many cars are already at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works HQ, click here.

Matthew Parkin, of Brightwells, added, “These were all bought by someone [James Hull] with great imagination and interest in classic cars, so they’re almost all either low mileage, rare or unusual in some way.”

For the full list of vehicles available visit the Brightwells website.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOMO MODIFIED LONG NOSE BONNET?

This is a mission.

When former Le Mans works Long Nose D-Types XKD506 and 508, on loan to Briggs Cunningham in the US, were rolled on one weekend, along with Brigg’s own identical D-Type XKD507, the team’s highly credentialed engineer Alfred Momo (who created the Jaguar 3.8 litre engine and ran it for the first time in these cars), decided to change the shape of the fins and add larger cooling vents in the bonnets.

Long story short – ‘506 and ‘508 were returned to the factory, and the cars were scrapped.

As Jaguar began to run out of spares, it sold parts of those two cars to competitors driving D-Types, and that included the bodies, bonnets and rear panels.

XKD502 got the fin and rear end from XKD508 – and also the former entire main body – when it was repaired.

However, the Momo bonnet from 508 was sold to the owner of XKD504, also a former works Long Nose racer.  That seems to have been in 1963 after it had been badly damaged by Lwt E-Type racer Peter Sutcliffe.

Now.  We know the rear fin from XKD508 in Momo form still exists – but the big question is – what happened to the Momo bonnet from XKD504???

Someone must know …

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