Remember Lister? It was the company that turned a Jag XJS into a 200 mph supercar thirty years ago. At the time, that Lister-Jag was capable of beating the coke-tastic Ferrari Testarossa in a drag race to 60 mph.
The company is very much still around, currently owned by UK outfit Warrantywise, and spends its time breathing upon modern Jags. Its latest? A version of the F-Type, fettled to produce a devilish 666 horsepower.
Taking a sawzall to the roof of its LFT-666 hardtop, the company has created a convertible capable of hitting 62 mph in just over three seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. The the LFT-C receives the same bespoke wheels, suspension, and braking system as featured on the coupe.
Also of note is a custom exhaust system, tuned to uncork the big V8 and create a sound under hard acceleration not unlike that of the space-time continuum being ripped in half. Unnecessary and gratuitous downshifts in tunnels are mandatory in the LFT-C.
Each Lister convertible will feature exclusive carbon fibre body panels, designed and manufactured by Lister in the UK. Unique Lister additions to the Jag include a front bumper and splitter, rear diffuser and lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, plus a new grille design.
As for the company itself, its name may have faded from the memories of some gearheads on this side of the pond, but it is still very much a going concern in the UK. Lister Motor Company recently celebrated the opening of a new 25,000 square foot headquarters a couple of months ago in Lancashire.
In addition to the production LFT-666 and LFT-C models, Lister is also offering wheel and body enhancements for Jag F-Type models worldwide. Kits start at £9,750 for the Lister badge, bumper, and wheel upgrade. Pricey stuff.
Interested? As the irascible Ja Rule said in the first The Fast & The Furious movie, you’d better get in line. Just 10 LFT-C vehicles will be built, priced from £139,000.