The problem with old race car nostalgia is that nobody ever remembers the bad parts—the 6 volt electric systems (Porsche 356) or worse yet, Lucas electrics, clogged carburetor, or suspension better suited to a horse carriage than a car. Lucra Cars seems to have taken this into account when they built their homage to the venerable Lister race car. While six inches wider and 10 inches longer than the original, it still evokes the classic style of the original body and keeps the promise of cutting-edge performance that the original did back in the mid-fifties. The new dimensions will also allow Americans with “new dimensions” to fit into a real race car.
The original Lister of the 50’s was created by Brian Lister of George Lister & Sons, Ltd., an engineering company. Appropriately enough, it was sold as a kit to aspiring race teams. The first cars used an MG TD engine, but became famous when a Jaguar four liter mill was used. Millionaire racer Briggs Cunningham used this setup to continue his domination of SCCA racing in America, while the Jaguar racing name was continued in England, even after the OEM stopped racing. A total of around 56 Lister variants were manufactured.
Now on to the new Lucra 470. While the Lucra and Lister share looks and a passion for racing, much has changed. The frame was designed by Chuck Beck to be simple and handle some massive V8 power. The big powder coated four inch O.D. frame—cut by laser and TIG welded–then bonds to the carbon composite body to create a chassis that’s able to handle big power.
The engine, Suspension, and ECU are Corvette sourced, including the limited slip diff and composite transverse rear leaf spring. The version I saw was going to a lucky customer in Switzerland with a special “LC470 EU Specification package”. It included a GM LS6 V8 crate motor with 400 horsepower that could propel the car to a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds. 600 horsepower variants are also available. Lucra Cars owner Luke Richards stressed that despite the awesome performance potential of this car, the balance is nearly neutral at 53% rearward bias, with bump steer and other bad habits having been dialed out of the suspension.
One really nice touch is the wiring harness, which ties in all the GM components using waterproof mil-spec connectors, including the drive-by-wire throttle, power-operated trunk lid and doors, and pre and post catalytic converter lambda sensors. Luke boasted that it only takes about two hours to hook up everything to this custom harness. Even the fuse box is triple sealed against moisture. I also noticed a tiny Optima battery hiding on the passenger side of the rear trunk. These details not only benefit the Sunday nostalgia driver, but really are appreciated by the track day enthusiast. At $74,500 for a finished car, not everyone can afford the Lucra LC5470. But just like the original Lister, Luke Richards also offers a kit for $25,000 that includes the custom frame with integrated body, and all of the proprietary hardware needed to finish the project. He claims that his exhaustive kit bill of materials (BOM) gives the customer every part that they must supply to make it a true “kit” build—no fabrication. That list includes their own engine, transmission and running gear, and also every nut, bolt, washer and pop rivet needed to finish the car. For complete information contact Luke through the company website at www.lc470.com.