In the late '50's, Brian Lister developed the formidable Knobbly Lister that dominated road racing circuits in Europe.  These cars got their name from the knob-like appearance resulting from Mr. Lister's ingenious interpretation of a minimum windshield height rule. Originally outfitted with Jaguar straight-six engines, nine of them made in '58 found their way to the United States where they were quickly modified with the then-new small-block Chevy engine out of the Corvette. These cars became known as Lister Corvettes.
In the late '90's, ex-Can-Am racer, Mr. Charles "Chuck" Beck, began his own production run of these cars using modern C4 Corvette suspension components and fiberglass bodies. Both track and wheelbase were stretched slightly, but overall, the cars remained virtually identical to the original Lister Corvettes in every respect...lean and mean with extremely high power-to-weight ratios

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In 2000, Ed Dellis and Greg Martin ran the Cannonball One Lap of America in Mr. Beck's personal racecar, Serial #007, using Dellis' own 388 cu.-in. cast iron small block. While scoring Fastest Times of Day at both Michigan International Speedway and Gingerman Raceway against factor-backed teams, the torturous event took its toll on the team. Despite running a solid fourth overall at the half-way point, promoter, Brock Yates, respectfully requested that the team withdraw from competition after VIR to take a much-needed day off to recouperate.

In 2002, a team assembled again -- this time with Jimmy Dupuy and Dellis -- and used the Cannonball to sort out the car for the SuperTuner Challenge held the week after the endurance event. The team took a respectable third overall at SuperTuner against 15 of the world's fastest, most technologically advanced best-financed teams in the world. Notable among their acheivements was a 0-100 mph time of just 6.8 seconds, and 150 mph coming a scant 7.1 seconds later...all this, on worn-out 255(!)-50-16 street tires from One Lap.

From this experience, it became evident that in order for the car to be a worthy competitor for the Cannonball endurance event, this lean, lightweight race machine would need some further tuning.

This experience became the impetus and driving force behind the current Type-R Lister tuner car.

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