Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly'
1958 Works Race Specification built to meet current FIA Appendix K Race Regulations
You can now order a brand new original specification 1958 Works Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly', built to meet current FIA Appendix K race regulations, direct from the Lister Factory in Cambridge.
Now, with state of the art facilities which include CNC machining and CAD design, George Lister Engineering are even better placed to deliver a historic race winning car. Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs have been re-commissioned and some of the old guard have been called up into service, including Martin Murray, Colin 'Chippy' Crisp, Graham 'Curley' Hutton, Laurence Pearce and even Brian Lister himself. Heading up the manufacturing project is Mark Hallam, Technical Director at George Lister Engineering.
The cars will be built to the specifications as in 1958, out of the box and ready to race with BHL(C) chassis insignia and FIA/HTP accreditation. There are two choices of engine: The race proven, Jaguar D Type 3.8 litre 6 cylinder engine complete with the famous wide-angle cylinder head and dry sump lubrication or the 4,640cc Chevrolet Corvette V8 race specification that was originally built for the US racing market by Costin.
All race preparation and track commissioning will be undertaken by Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Developments. Last but not least, that fantastic streamlined 'Knobbly' body will be re-created using the original jigs.
A series of Lister historic race meetings are planned for 2015, in time for the Lister 125 year anniversary.
|Jaguar 3.8||Chevrolet V8|
|PERFORMANCE (MANUFACTURER'S ESTIMATES)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||4.3 seconds||4.9 seconds|
|Acceleration 0-100 mph||10.1 seconds||12.1 seconds|
|Max Speed||181 mph||168 mph|
|Engine Type||Jaguar D Type, race specification||Chevrolet Corvette V8, race specification|
|Engine Size||3,781cc, bore and stroke 87mm x 107mm||4,640cc (283cu/in), bore and stroke 98mm x 76mm|
|Cylinders||6 cylinders in line, cast iron C8610 period block||8 cylinders V8, cast iron block|
|Cylinder Head||35/40 degree wide angle D Type alloy head||OHV twin cast iron heads|
|Lubrication||Full flow, twin oil pumps, dry sump system with oil cooler||Full flow, single oil pumps, with oil cooler|
|Camshafts||Twin OHC, high lift racing 110 degree duration||Single camshaft with pushrods|
|Gearbox||Jaguar D Type with Plessey Pump (blanked) 4 speed all synchromesh||Chevrolet Corvette, 4 speed, all synchromesh|
|Clutch||Triple plate||Single or twin plate|
|Axle||Salisbury limited slip differential, all alloy case, ratio 3.54:1||Salisbury limited slip differential, all alloy case, ratio 3.54:1|
|Fuelling||3x Weber DCO3 sand cast correct period carburettors||4x Holley downdraught carburetors or Rochester fuel injection|
|Chassis||3 ins x 16g seamless engineering tube||3 ins x 14g seamless engineering tube|
|Steering||Derrington 15" wheel with rack and pinion, 2 turns lock to lock||Derrington 15" wheel with rack and pinion, 2 turns lock to lock|
|Suspension F||Independent wishbone arms with coil over shocks and anti roll bar||Independent wishbone arms with coil over shocks and anti roll bar|
|Suspension R||De-Dion with coil over shocks||De-Dion with coil over shocks|
|Brakes||Girling 12" discs front and rear with mechanical handbrake||Girling 12" discs front and rear with mechanical handbrake|
|Wheels||Dunlop racing peg drive alloys 5" x 16" with knock off spinners||Dunlop racing alloys 16" with knock off spinners|
|Tyres||Dunlop racing covers, front 600x16, rear 650x16, spare 600x16||Dunlop racing covers, front 600x16, rear 650x16, spare 600x16|
|Body||Hand-formed lightweight aluminium alloy||Hand-formed lightweight aluminium alloy|
|Length||13 ft 6 ins||13 ft 6 ins|
|Wheelbase||7 ft 6-3/4 ins||7 ft 6-3/4 ins|
|Track||Front 4 ft 4 ins, rear 4 ft 5-1/2 ins||Front 4 ft 4 ins, rear 4 ft 5-1/2 ins|
|Height||2 ft 3 ins at scuttle||2 ft 4 ins at scuttle|
|Weight||1,736 lbs (dry)||1,920 lbs (dry)|
|Distribution||Front 48%, rear 52%||Front 50%, rear 50%|
|Fuel Tank Cap||38/42 imperial gallons||38/42 imperial gallons|
|Engine Oil Cap||5 imperial gals||1.5 imperial gals|
|Power||330bhp at 6750 rpm||315bhp at 6000 rpm|
|Torque||295 lbs ft at 4,250 rpm||290 lbs ft at 4,000 rpm|
NB: Performance figures for in-period vehicles are dependent on individual specification.
Since 1954 Lister has been synonymous with racing success. Between 1954 and 1959 only 50 original cars were produced but they won, or were placed, over two thousand times in track events worldwide - the 50's most successful racing car had arrived.
Archie Scott Brown, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Ivor Bueb, Bruce Halford, Innes Ireland, Peter and Graham Whitehead were just some of the drivers who contributed to this success along with a host of other equally famous racing car drivers.
The original works-entered Lister-Jaguar was a one-off prototype which re-wrote the record books in 1957 when it was driven by disabled Cambridge superstar driver Archie Scott Brown. This brilliant one-handed sportsman simply dominated that British sports-racing car season. He even humbled the mighty Aston Martin factory team every time they met that year bar one. On that occasion he finished second, still splitting the Aston Martins.
In all, Archie Scott Brown and the works Lister-Jaguar won 11 of their 14 British races, once finishing second, breaking the lap record after a long delay in the 13th and retiring from the remaining event. During every one of those race meetings, Archie's Lister-Jaguar either broke or equalled the relevant lap record.
Such glittering success attracted many customer orders for an improved 1958 version of the car. Brian Lister accordingly re-tailored his design to conform with contemporary 'International Appendix C' regulations for the class. With great ingenuity, he combined regulation windscreen height requirements with the practical need for a low built, compact car in which major weights were concentrated as close to the ground as possible. In order to provide panel clearance over such tall items as the 16" wheels and tyres, and of course the upright Jaguar engine, the body followed the contours of these components as faithfully as possible. The result was a handsomely aggressive appearance and an inevitable nickname - the 'Knobbly' Lister-Jaguar had been born.
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