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Small British car maker Lister is planning on making an exclusive, and ultra-expensive, hypercar to take on the world’s best.

The firm’s managing director, Lawrence Whittaker, spoke to British magazine Auto Express as he tried to drum up the investment that would make the Lister hypercar a reality.

Powering the new car will be a new 7.8-litre V12 cranking out over 745kW (1000hp) of power. Unlike the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, there will be no electric motors in the Lister’s drivetrain, just a relatively simple supercharger.


The company envisages a top speed of beyond 400km/h, which, if realised, would put the Lister in elite company alongside the likes of the Koenigsegg Agera and Bugatti Veyron.

As with the Koenigsegg and Bugatti, the Lister will be a multi-million dollar car. Whittaker expects the company’s hypercar to retail for around 2 million pounds ($3.7 million).


Lister gained fame in the 1960s with the Lister-Jaguar race cars (above), which married the drivetrain of the Jaguar D-Type with Lister’s custom-built “knobbly” aluminium body.

In the 1990s, the company took on Le Mans with the Lister Storm, an angular race car powered by a 7-litre version of Jaguar’s V12 engine.

The company currently produces recreations of the Lister “knobbly” Jaguar for around 350,000 pounds ($640,000) each.