For many years, (Lister was founded by racing driver, Brian Lister, back in 1954) Lister has help build some of the best British racing cars, with the likes of Cooper, MG, Jaguar, Aston, Lotus, Bristol, Moore, and even with Chevrolet(who supplied majority of the engines). Later years, starting in 1986, Lister was lead by Laurence Pearce and during the years, built approximately 90 tuned Jaguar XJS.
Due to great success with tuning XJS, Pearce decided that Lister should make their own car, starting in 1991, a team of engineers begins to develop a car for racing, 2 years later, they came up with the Lister Storm, not only a car from racing, but an attempt to make it homologated for racing, production of the road-going model started in 1993.
The road-going Storm has a 24-valve V12 engine, from Jaguar, that produced 546 hp and 582.7 lb·ft of torque. The car has a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout that weighs 3,668.5 lbs, and can do 0 to 60 mph in a stunning 4.1 seconds. For a long time, the Lister Storm was the world’s fastest 4-seater Coupe.
A sever problem that plagued Lister was the money to develop the Storm, which made the road-going version very, very expensive, the price of a Storm V12, back in 1993, was $350,000 USD, and only four were ever sold, and three of them are still on the road today, a very rare car indeed. Production of the Lister Storm ended end of 1993 and all unsold Storms later became recycled race cars for Lister and some were later sold to racing teams.
Over the years after the Storm ended production, Lister was still involved in racing the Storm, under different variants and modified their cars over the years, between 1995 through 2006. The first racing variant appeared in 1995 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GT1 class, the car was called a GTS. The car unfortunately did not perform well, failing to finish due to gearbox trouble after a mere 40 laps. In 1996, the Storm GTS participated in the BPR Global GT Series and the 24 Hours of Daytona, but the car failed to finish, due to similar mechanical issues a year before.
In 1997, the GTS was considered obsolete and was replaced with an updated Lister Storm, called the GTL, this car participated in the 24 Hours of Daytona and later the FIA GT Championship, but did not finish any race, due to more mechanical issues. In 1998, since the mechanical problems are an huge issue for the Storm, Lister pulled all their cars from all race this year, to concentrate on improving the Storm.
In 1999, the improvements lead to the Storm GT, this is also the most recent revision of the Storm to date, this car participated in FIA GT Championship in the GT2 class, the car tied for 5th place overall. In 2000, the GT took nine victories in the British GT and several first place wins in the FIA Championship. In 2001, the GT took home 3rd overall in the teams championship. Similar in 2002, only able to take 2nd overall in the teams championship.
From 2003 to 2006, the Lister only had marginal victories, ending in 2007 with the FIA GT Championship, only being able to complete 7 laps until mechanical issues arose and this was Lister’s last race they had any of their cars participate in.