Page 1 of 2 Next >> Lister was among the most successful racing car manufacturers of the 1950s. Powered by a choice of Jaguar and Chevrolet engines, the sports racers competitively campaigned by Works driver Archie-Scott Brown as well as many privateers. Struck by the untimely death of Brown and facing the tough task of building a brand new car to face the ever growing competition Brian Lister decided to call it a day at the end of 1959.
In the early 1980s the Lister name was revived with the blessing of company founder Brian Lister. The driving force behind the rebirth was engineer Laurence Pearce. The first order of business was modifying existing Jaguar models. In 1992 the first completely new Lister was launched. Dubbed the 'Storm,' it was an ambitious two-seater sports car. Powered by the same V12 engine as used in the Le Mans winning Jaguar XJR-12, it was capable of a 200+ mph top speed.
Considering Lister's rich racing history it was not surprising that a racing version of the Storm was developed. Pearce's timing was impeccable as production based Grand Tourers had recently become eligible for all the major races. Debuted during 1995 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Storm 'GTS' differed little from the original road car with the exception of the mandatory racing equipment. The Storm's first race lasted just forty laps as gearbox problems caused a premature end.
Some of the major manufacturers like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz entered the GT1 class and discovered a loophole in the regulations; to homologate a car only one road going version had to be produced. So they simply developed cutting edge 'prototype' racing cars and then presented a thinly disguised road car to comply with the homologation requirements. Against these 'specials' the Storm GTS and the subsequent GTL with revised bodywork could do very little. Page 1 of 2 Next >>