Spyker C8 LM85 | Showpiece of the Week – Pistonheads.com

After being treated to two consecutive weekends of endurance racing with Le Mans and N24 (and not forgetting our podium at the 12 Heures du Norfolk), we’ve been dreaming up ways to get a GT racing-related supercar into the dream garage. Obvious choices include the Ferrari 488 GTB or Audi R8, because the competition variant of both models topped their respective classes in France and Germany. But for those who prefer their motorsport specials a little more leftfield (and Dutch), the Spyker C8 LM85 currently listed for sale in the classifieds is worthy of attention.

Admittedly, the C8 never earned silverware like the aforementioned options, but the car’s race-worthiness is not to be questioned. The Spyker Squadron racing team (a nod to Spyker’s aviation history) fielded C8 GT cars in eight consecutive Le Mans from 2002, during which time the model went through three evolutionary phases and was even driven by Peter Dumbreck. The earlier cars, the Double-12R and Spyder GT2-R, failed to finish, but the Laviolette GT2-R that came from 2008 completed the distance twice, finishing fifth in class in 2009 and then ninth the year after.

Although the outfit – which operated completely independently from the short-lived Spyker F1 team in 2007 – had begun to prove itself, Spyker’s financial troubles forced it to close the factory GT squad in 2010. From then on, the brand’s presence on track was restricted to privateer entries, meaning no more money was being poured into developing track stuff. Spyker’s twenty-first century motorsport story had officially closed before it was allowed to really get going – although that didn’t prevent the firm from producing a limited-run model to celebrate its achievements.

The C8 Laviolette LM85 arrived in 2008 in dedication to the Spyker Squadron’s then brand new Laviolette GT2-R, using a space frame aluminium chassis and an Audi-supplied V8 like its racing cousin, although the road car’s motor was close to 200cc larger at 4.2 litres. The RS4-derived unit remained naturally aspirated to produce 400hp at 6,800rpm and 354lb ft of torque at 3,500rpm, enabling the 1,275kg Dutch to sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 186mph.

This left it lagging behind the fastest supercars of the time, but the Spyker was developed to be an old school option at a time when the ‘digitalisation’ of supercars was really picking up steam. Spyker had already sought chassis tuning help from Lotus for its mid-engined supercar, but the LM85 was enhanced further with a lighter centre-locking wheels of 19-inch diameters, more powerful AP Racing brakes and extra bits of carbon fibre. The model was also wrapped in a GT2-R-inspired livery.

Despite the tweaks, the car’s taut proportions and exquisitely detailed interior remained unaffected. The C8’s exposed gear linkage system has to be one of the most impressive ever placed in a car and its retro dials and switches that come set in a turned aluminium dash are about as far from touchscreen infotainment screens you can get. The C8 LM85 was also offered with Chronoswiss dials as an option, drawing an even closer link to 24-hour racing. There were more options, too, because with only 15 LM85s put into production, each was customised to its buyer’s demands.

Today’s Showpiece, one of only two right-hand drive C8 LM85s, has covered just 890 miles in its nine years of life, having arrived in 2010 shortly after Spyker’s motorsport dream had died. It’s been equipped with about every option that the company offered at the time, including motorsport-spec towing rings, a carbon fibre rear spoiler and sports exhaust. There’s even a fire extinguisher system in the passenger footwell.

While Spyker never reached its podium-filling ambitions for GT racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it did at least succeed at creating one of the most peculiar race-influenced performance machines for the road. For that reason, it’s a real shame that this one has seen such little use; here’s hoping someone with £260k that’s high on endurance racing fever will be able to put that right.

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By Peter M. DeLorenzo

Detroit. As the global auto industry goes head-first into electrification and autonomous vehicle development, the concern has been growing among enthusiasts and people who just like the act of driving as in, what’s in it for us? 

We are being inundated with press release after press release regurgitating the details about the latest autonomous development, and I have to admit that it’s leaving me stone cold. Yes, well off into the future I can see limited usage for AVs, but for most people who grew up with the desire to drive, and the accumulated experiences and adventures – not to mention the individual freedom of mobility – that came from hitting the road, blind fealty to the notion of AVs is about as compelling as leftover oatmeal.

Yes, of course, I appreciate the technology, and I can see that handing over the control of a vehicle in certain situations – abominable traffic congestion, chaotic city driving, I-80 in Nebraska, etc. – might be the most expedient course of action. But just checking out and becoming totally removed from the act of driving? I’m not interested, and I am quite certain that there are plenty of people out there who feel the same way.

So, I am encouraged by the news coming from BMW this week, because this company is recognizing the fact that there will be plenty of situations in the future where people will want to experience the act of driving for themselves, and it intends on building vehicles that will accommodate that notion.

BMW announced that in the future, its drivers will be able to choose whether they wish to be driven or do the driving themselves. According to BMW PR minions: “With the BMW Vision M NEXT, the BMW Group is revealing its take on how driving pleasure might look in future for those who enjoy taking the wheel themselves. It offers a foretaste of the BMW M brand’s electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Intelligent technologies on board provide comprehensive yet carefully targeted assistance to turn them into the ultimate driver.”

(Images of the BMW Vision M Next from BMW)

According to BMW, “EASE” encompasses all the experiences during a journey when the vehicle assumes the task of driving. “Here, the vehicle is transformed into a living space on four wheels, where the passengers can feel safe and secure. From rest and relaxation, via talking, interacting and enjoying in-car entertainment, all the way to maximum concentration – the experiences on offer with the EASE concept are as varied as the occupants’ needs.” 

“BOOST,” on the other hand, stands for the ultimate active driving experience. “The BMW Vision M NEXT provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging. In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ experiences more natural and more intense.” 

The BMW Vision M NEXT concept features a Power PHEV drive system offering the choice between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive, with either all-electric propulsion or the power of a turbocharged four-cylinder ICE. System output of 441 kW (600HP) produces a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and enables the BMW Vision M NEXT to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just three seconds. There is also a BOOST+ mode that puts extra power on tap at the push of a button. The maximum range when driving in all-electric mode is 100 km (62 miles). This allows the BMW Vision M NEXT to also be suitable for use in city centers where zero-emissions zones may come into force in the future.

That BMW is on to something here is worth noting. It is staunchly reinforcing its fundamental raison d’etre by emphasizing the driver and the act of driving. I would be thoroughly disappointed if BMW – of all automotive brands – decided to do anything else, even though they have been lost in the woods on more than one occasion of late. 

But make no mistake, the other premium luxury-performance players on the automotive scene will offer something much like what BMW is promising. Because in the future, when it comes to mobility – which will be parsed into a million little subsets – brand image wrangling will take on an even more crucial importance.

Consider Porsche, for instance. That Porsche is working on the exact same philosophy as BMW for its future vehicles is no surprise. Why? Because without the pure and emotional essence of driving, why bother shelling out serious dough-re-mi for a Porsche? There will be no reason to, unless, of course, Porsche continues to offer the kind of driving experience Porsche has become known for. 

And the same goes for Ferrari. That you will be able to enter a city center in full-electric mode will be a given, and then when you exit the city you will be able to engage the full thrust of the Ferrari driving experience. And you can bet that Aston Martin, Bentley, Cadillac (V-Series), Corvette, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, etc., etc., will all do the same. 

Going forward, two things will differentiate the luxury-performance players from the mere commodity cars: Design and Performance. 

Design will continue to be the Ultimate Initial Product Differentiator of course, but the luxury-performance brands that adhere to their missions by emphasizing the pure essence of driving will enjoy the most success.

And that’s the High-Octane Truth for this week.

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Councilor Lovejoy-Grinnell on traffic stop: ‘We need trauma-informed policing training’ (Your letters) – Syracuse.com

To the Editor:

I am still reeling in reaction to the video of the vehicle stop and subsequent arrest of Shaolin Moore last weekend. I have borne witness to the anguished responses from many in our community who see in Moore their own sons, nephews, friends and themselves. I agree with Councilor Latoya Allen’s urging that the officers involved in the arrest should be put on leave awaiting the results of the investigation, for their own safety as well as to respond to the fears of the community.

However, I am not optimistic that the Internal Affairs investigation will effectively address the concerns of those who found the video disturbing. The statements by Mayor Ben Walsh and others that say we need to be patient and await the results of the Internal Affairs investigation, rather than jumping to conclusions, do not address the very real anger and fear experienced by those in the community who have viewed this video. These misguided statements also wrongly imply that the investigation will lead to any meaningful resolution of the issues raised by the video.

Syracuse needs a more proactive response, one that does not prejudge this particular incident but nevertheless acknowledges how deeply flawed our systems are and how they are set up not only to allow what happened to Moore but also to condone it. The Syracuse Police Department use of force policy is outdated. It reflects only the minimum state standards permitted for police accreditation. It does not address de-escalation by the police prior to the use of force. Because of the inadequate policy, it is very likely that the officers involved in this incident will be found not to have violated the policy, because the policy is designed to justify almost every use of force.

We need trauma-informed policing training in the SPD. Officers need to understand that when policing in communities that have experienced historical trauma, police brutality and institutional racism, the police response must reflect that trauma and respond to it, rather than re-traumatizing the communities they are supposed to serve and protect. The response from Police Chief Kenton Buckner — that the officers were amped up because of their last call — only underlines the clear need for officer training on how to respond to the officers’ own experience of vicarious trauma, including how to de-escalate themselves after difficult calls.

Syracuse deserves better. Our use of force policy must be reformed to address trauma, both in our community and in the officers who serve on our police force.

Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell

3rd District Councilor


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Trust should go both ways in story about deputies’ racist comments – Orlando Sentinel

Look out, sheriff! An over-the-top video you made two years ago has returned to bite your fanny like a gator going for a chihuahua.


Lake County’s top lawman Peyton Grinnell has long since regretted his video warning to heroin dealers that came across more ‘ISIS thug’ than ‘community protector’ and backfired on the department. Flanked by deputies wearing masks and bulletproof vests, a stern Grinnell warned: “We are coming for you. Run.”

But there’s no out-running the internet.

That 2017 video is the reason the Lake County Sheriff’s Office ended up in national news this week as one of only eight police agencies across the United States in a study of officers posting comments on Facebook that encouraged violence, disparaged and mocked Mexicans, women, blacks and Muslims and celebrated the Confederate flag.

In general, the study concluded, the public postings by officers created real reasons for some folks not to trust the departments.

“It’s embarrassing,” a whipped-looking Grinnell said in an interview.

It is. But there is more to this story.

The Plain View project, started by Philadelphia lawyer Emily Baker-White, compiled a searchable database, which included posts from that city’s police officers, along with others from Dallas, St. Louis, Phoenix, York, Pa., Twin Falls, Id. and Denison, Tx.– and Lake County.

The database collected more than 5,000 Facebook posts from 3,500 Facebook accounts of current and former officers in the eight departments. Lake County’s share accounted for 89 of those posts — from 14 current and seven former employees, most of whom had been fired.

An analysis of the database was written by a non-profit online Chicago news organization called Injustice Watch, and the story also appeared in Buzzfeed after a deal with the New York Times to publish the material fell through for reasons neither Injustice Watch nor the Times would discuss.

Still, stories about the disgusting posts reverberated across news outlets nationwide as police administrations opened internal affairs investigations and started to study what their officers had to say.

Some of the posts and memes clearly crossed the line into hate speech, which ought to trouble any police department anywhere, regardless of whether the First Amendment protects such opinions. No place in America needs police officers who take hatred and bias onto the street with them when their shift begins. Grinnell, for example, said that he expects his deputies to be held to a higher standard than the public, and he is right.

In Lake, the most revolting posts, those calling the prophet Muhammad a child molester, warning women to shut up while men are talking, making fun of blacks and transgender people, disparaging liberals, urging gays to take pills called “Gay-away” and congratulating a student who kicked a chair from underneath another who declined to stand to pledge the flag, all came from a former corrections officer who retired more than six years ago.

That hater’s posts alone accounted for 36 percent of all comments from Lake.

The sheriff’s office opened internal investigations on Deputy Jason Williams, a school resource officer at East Ridge High School, and Cpl. Robert Bedgood, a supervisor in crime scene investigations, after being contacted by Injustice Watch.


Williams’ three posts all came from three years ago. In one, he shared without comment a meme depicting a heavily-armed officer in a mask with text saying, “Some Men are Morally Opposed to Violence. They are Protected by Men Who Are Not.”

He also shared a meme of a tractor-trailer with a bloodied front bumper and the remark, “Just Drove through Arizona. Didn’t see any Protesters” along with his own comment, “Love this!!”

And the third was a meme looking down the business end of a gun with the text: “Wrong Bathroom. My daughter will be done in a min…”

Bedgood’s comments were older. Eight years ago, he posted a map to a Winter Park store for eyeglasses, remarking that it was so “hood” that he wouldn’t return.

And seven years ago, he posted a picture of a lime-green car with lettering across the back window saying, “1-800-Choke-a-Hoe” and joked that it was his “new motto.”

Are these comments in good taste? Not hardly. Should deputies be posting that kind of “humor”? They should not — the sheriff’s office has a broad policy forbidding deputies to “disparage” anyone. But are such comments a reason to lose a career in law enforcement?

That’s for Grinnell to decide. Investigators will be looking over posts from 12 other current deputies to see whether they believe the sheriff’s policies about social media were violated.

Consider that last week, a corrections officer with 19 years in the department resigned after acknowledging that he told an inmate to hang up a telephone and get his “black ass” back to his cell, and later remarked to another African-American that the government probably was taking care of his children while he was serving time, like all “those people.” Detention Deputy Adam Dufresne said he was referring to criminals, not any particular race.

Some of the posts cited by the Plain View project were baffling.

Lt. Michael Marden posted this in 2010: “Trying to rally the guys and put some more people in jail tonight.”

Grinnell said, “Sounds to me like he was doing his job.”

Indeed. Around these parts, that comment deserves applause, not a place on a list of violence-hungry, out-of-control cops. But even a seemingly innocuous comment such as that can be interpreted in a sinister way by people who live in neighborhoods that have had bad police experiences, one expert said.

The story that accompanied the Plain View database stated that the cities were chosen to get a variety in geography and department size. The reporter who wrote the story, Emily Hoerner, said she did not know how they were picked beyond those criteria.

Baker-White said she prioritized communities “that had on-going conversations about police” and whether they could be trusted. She said she chose Lake after seeing the controversial video made by Grinnell and his staff in 2017.

This project could have gained more solid credibility if the agencies had been chosen randomly — here’s betting the results would have been very much the same — or if readers had been told that they had been targeted. Posts that are close to a decade old and those that come from fired employees also raise questions about the methods used.

After all, this trust thing — it goes all ways.

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The Peripatetic Preacher Visits the Black Hills | John C Holbert – Patheos

Recently, my wife Diana and I returned to Grinnell College for her 50th college reunion. I had had my 50th last year, so two trips to Iowa in two years was a special treat for us. Diana was deeply involved in the planning of her reunion and did a superb job of making the time very satisfying and great fun. In addition, she served on a panel with four other alums, reflecting on lives of social justice, and the ways that the college had influenced them in their pursuits. Diana had been a United Methodist minister and had served several unusual appointments, including an all African-American church, a community of artists who had been bored or burned by church, and a church that represented something of the wider world with parishioners from Burundi and Kenya along with many LGBTQ members in the same pews with many straight people of all ages. Her life of service was inspiring to contemplate as were the lives of her fellow panelists that included the first black federal judge from the state of Mississippi, an Anglo doctor who spent his entire medical career on the Navajo nation in Arizona and New Mexico, an attorney who created a street law program now available in many states and multiple countries, and an ordained United Church of Christ clergywoman who focused her ministry on children’s education and a demand for equal opportunities for poor children. It was a grand weekend.

As we love to do, we travelled to Iowa from Los Angeles by car, travelling some 5000 miles, stopping along the way to spend time with friends and to visit some places we had yet to see. This time we decided to have a look at presidential libraries. Fortunately along our route we could visit three of these sites, the library/museums for Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, and Herbert Hoover. Each had special gifts to offer, but I admit to being especially taken with the Hoover library in the tiny town of West Branch, Iowa, where he was born. My knowledge of Hoover was minimal, but I learned a great deal about his incredible generosity out of his vast fortune as well as his superb administrative skills demonstrated after both world wars of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the bulk of his memory has to do with his one term in office that coincided with the Great Depression. That fact led him to be pelted with garbage as he left the White House in 1932 in a motorcade. But there was far more to the man than that terrible memory.

To continue our presidential tour, we spent three nights in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We had been there 51(!) years before, but had little memory of what we had seen then. Of course, we went to the famous Mt. Rushmore which in the ensuing years has been greatly changed with a huge parking garage, a wall of flags leading to the monument itself, flying over a massive stone walkway, made grand by enormous stone arches. The sight of the four presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt—remains awe-inspiring, and the story of its carving still thrills. I admit that as I gazed at the four depicted in their massive stone images, I could not help but think of more recent presidents and could little imagine that their faces would ever be so carved on some future mountain place. Few if any of our more recent leaders could possibly be seen as having the stature of these giants. But then again, perhaps some distance in time might prove to future generations that these men—alas, they are still all men!—may be more significant than they appear at the moment. I shall resist commenting on the current occupant of our White House, but perhaps his recent visit to England and its accompanying giant balloons of his person in a diaper and another sitting on a toilet tweeting, might just capture the appropriate ways in which he should be remembered. But I digress.

The next day after our Rushmore visit, we went to the unfinished monument of Crazy Horse, the Comanche chief who is being brought to enormous life on another mountain. His head is nearly finished, but his long pointing arm and the horse on which he will sit is far from completion. The sculptor has long since died, but his family has taken up the call to finish the monument. The initial goal of the huge statue was to give to Native peoples a hero to match the four presidents on Mt. Rushmore, and the work had the nearly full support of Native Americans, though in recent years the work has raised issues among some native people. Nevertheless, the work continues, and I hope that future visitors might see the completed statue in its full glory. The restaurants and shops around the mountain I found a bit tacky, but such accompaniments to monumental works always seem to be, I am sad to say.

The Crazy Horse monument in the light of the four faces on Mt. Rushmore provides an interesting contrast in American icons. I did notice that the visitors to Mt. Rushmore were predominantly, if not exclusively, white in complexion, while at the Crazy Horse monument there were a significant number of native people, or so they appeared to this white American. It strikes me that modern America needs all the diverse monuments to heroic figures of the past that it can maintain. This does not mean that I think all Confederate statues and sculptures should remain in place; after all, those edifices commemorate persons who fought against America in order to maintain an odious way of life that necessitated the enslavement of millions of people. Then again, of course, Thomas Jefferson was a slaveholder, and fathered several children with one of those slaves, Sally Hemmings. Should that disqualify him from perpetual memorial on the mountain? I think not, but I admit that there is irony there.

As we left the Black Hills on our way to Utah we stopped at Devil’s Tower, that strange rock formation made famous in the blockbuster movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” of some 40 years ago. It was different in person than it was depicted in the film; it did not stand freely and openly on a flat plain, but was seated on a large mound in the midst of a forest. But it was a startling sight nonetheless. It certainly does stand out in its landscape, and I will long remember seeing it at a distance and then close up. In light of the two human monuments we had visited, I must say I enjoyed the Devil’s Tower as much or more than the carved heads. There is something delightful about seeing something from the earth that has not been changed or manipulated by the hands of a human being. It was a great trip, all in all, and demonstrated again how delightful it is to see some of the wonders that our country has to offer and offers to the visitor many questions of the nature of the country and its fabulous diversity. Now, more than ever, we must find ways to celebrate that diversity and not close ourselves off from the many wonders that diverse people can provide.

(images from Wikimedia Commons)

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Luxury Cars Market Outlook 2019-2026: Rolls-Royce, Pagani, Bugatti, Spyker, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati – News Earlier

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Takes Class Win, Finishes 9th Overall at 2019 24 Hours of Nurburgring – Yahoo News

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Road ban for OAP who drank vodka in Lidl car park and then drove home – Daily Record

A pensioner has been banned from the road after he downed vodka in a supermarket car park and drove home.

George Lister, 65, was spared jail despite notching up his second offence for drink driving in the past two years.

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Lister had been spotted drinking spirits from a bottle by eyewitnesses at Lidl in Johnstone then jumping behind the wheel of his grey Mazda and driving off.

He was convicted after a trial Paisley Sheriff Court and appeared for sentencing this week before Sheriff Lyndsey Kooner.

Defence agent James Arrol said his client, who had been a secret drinker, frequently nipping into his garden shed to guzzle booze on the fly, was finally admitting that he has a drink problem.

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The lawyer said: “He felt he had no difficulties with alcohol. But since the offence was committed and from the trial to the point where he was found guilty, he had refrained from drinking.

“But he started again when he was convicted and now accepts he has a problem with alcohol.

“He feels he is not an alcoholic, as he can go periods without drinking, but has been in significant denial about his alcohol problem.

“He now accepts he has difficulties. He is of a significant age. It is an anxious case for him as he is main carer for his wife and fears custody as this is his second analogous offence.”

The lawyer added Lister, of Johnstone Castle, had been referred to the RCA Trust for counselling and support in tackling his addiction.

His trial heard he was spotted swigging vodka behind his motor at the supermarket in Johnstone’s High Street.

He then got behind the wheel of his car and drove a mile home.

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This was noticed by a taxi driver and two shoppers and the alarm was raised.

Shop security called in police, who traced the driver to his property in nearby Hazel Avenue.

Lister told cops he had only sipped from the bottle and started drinking after he got home on September 28 last year.

He was breath tested when officers arrived – blowing a reading almost four times the drink-drive limit.

Sheriff Lyndsey Kooner, who presided over the trial, had deferred sentencing to call for background reports.

She said she could spare him jail despite the severity of the offence.

She said: “This is clearly a very serious offence.

“You have an analogous offence dating from 2017 but no other convictions of a similar nature.

“I am going to impose a sentence as an alternative to custody.”

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She disqualified him from driving for three years, handed him supervision by the local authority for 12 months, and ordered him to perform 150 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of the community.

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New Lister drop-top beast revealed – Motor1.com

The 666-hp car is the company’s most powerful convertible.

After the launch of its LFT-666 dubbed the “beast”, Lister got many calls asking for an open-topped version of its Jaguar F-Type turned up to 11.

Thankfully, Lister is one of those companies that listens to its customers, so it broke out the angle grinders and created this – the LFT-C.

The LFT-C is the British company’s most powerful open-top car ever, and arrived just as the storms have relented and the sun has come out.

Power comes from a 666-hp V8 engine, which rockets this beastly machine to 62 mph (100 kph) in just over three seconds and onto a top speed of over 205 mph (330 kph).

Each model will have a unique carbon fiber front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, and extended rear wheel arches, and will also have to same lightweight alloy wheels, exhaust, suspension, and braking system as featured on the hard-top LFT-666. It will also have a bespoke hand-stitched interior

Each car will be hand finished to each customer’s own specification, right down to the wheel design, paint finish, and interior trim, with the finest U.K. Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather on offer.

Only 10 examples will be offered, each featuring a numbered solid silver plaque on the engine cover signifying its rarity. It’s considerably fewer than the hard-top LFT-666, of which 99 were built.

“Launching the new LFT-C is a personal triumph, as I have always loved convertible cars, even since my 2nd car, an MG Midget,” said Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of The Lister Motor Company. “While we are famous for cars like the Knobbly and the Storm, the LFT series heralds a new era for Lister and continues our historical enhancement of Jaguar drive trains, which dates back to 1957.

“In 2019, we will see the launch of at least two new cars and have also just opened our new £5m headquarters in Lancashire that will be known as the home of the new Lister. There is lots more to come, and we look forward to sharing more news in the near future.”

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  • Iconic British car manufacturer, The Lister Motor Company, is launching an open-top version of the acclaimed LFT-666
  • The Lister LFT-C will be the fastest and most powerful open-top supercar its ever made in its 66-year history
  • Just 10 LFT-C will be built, priced from £139,000. Each car will be manufactured with a numbered solid silver plaque on the engine cover.
  • The LFT-C launches in the same year as the Lister LFP – an SUV with a top speed in excess of 200MPH.
  • The Lister Motor Company celebrated the opening of its new £5m, 25,000 ft² Lancashire HQ in January 2019
  • Knobbly and Costin recreations will continue to be built at The Lister Cars factory in Cambridgeshire

20th March 2019

Following high demand for an open-top LFT-666, iconic British car manufacturer – The Lister Motor Company – is launching its most powerful open-top supercar ever – the LFT-C – ready for summer 2019.

The LFT-C has a top speed in excess of 205 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of just over three seconds, thanks to its Lister-tuned and supercharged 666 bhp V8 engine. In addition, the LFT-C receives the same bespoke wheels, exhaust, suspension and braking system as featured on the LFT-666, but also benefits from a bespoke, handstitched interior.

Each LFT-C will feature exclusive carbonfibre body panels, designed and manufactured by Lister in the UK. Unique Lister additions include: front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, a new grille design, and new lightweight alloy wheels fitted with Michelin tyres.

Lister has also uprated the suspension and braking system and added a bespoke exhaust system to enhance the sound of the 666 bhp supercharged V8 engine to work perfectly with an open cockpit vehicle.

Every LFT-C will be built to a bespoke customer specification, from wheel design to paint finish. The interior adds a real level of unique luxury being entirely retrimmed, by hand with the finest UK Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather.

In keeping with the Lister tradition of producing extremely unique and rare cars, the LFT-C will be a rare sight, as production is limited to just 10 examples worldwide. Each LFT-C will feature a solid silver numbered plaque, affixed to the engine cover, to show it is one of just 10 examples to be produced. Pricing starts from £139,000 with an almost unlimited options list available.

Both the LFT-C and LFP models will soon be on display at the brand new, purpose-built, £6m, Lister headquarters and showroom in Blackburn, Lancashire, which opened in January. They will be displayed in the new showroom alongside classic Lister models, and other select classic cars.

The Lister classic continuation models, comprising the Knobbly and Costin, will continue to be built in Cambridgeshire.

The LFT-666 coupe, which was limited to a total of 99 cars, received orders from around the world. Delivery of customer cars commenced in January 2019, with cars heading as far afield as Canada and Australia. The entire 2019 allocation of cars is now sold; however, buyers can still place an order for delivery in early 2020.

In addition to the production LFT-666 and LFT-C models, Lister is also offering wheel and body enhancements for all Jaguar F-Type models worldwide, with kits starting from just £9,750 for the Lister badge, bumper and wheel upgrade. Cars with only the Lister body enhancements will be known as simply the Lister LFT, with no BHP denotation added.

Warrantywise, the UK’s 2nd largest privately-owned car warranty firm, will be providing extended warranties for all Lister vehicles, meaning that a 7-year warranty is now available across the entire Lister range.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of The Lister Motor Company said: “Launching the new LFT-C is a personal triumph, as I have always loved convertible cars, even since my 2nd car, an MG Midget. While we are famous for cars like the Knobbly and the Storm, the LFT series heralds a new era for Lister and continues our historical enhancement of Jaguar drive trains, which dates back to 1957. In 2019, we will see the launch of at least two new cars and have also just opened our new £5m headquarters in Lancashire that will be known as the home of the new Lister. There is lots more to come, and we look forward to sharing more news in the near future.”

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