Posts in 1980s Hot Hatches
Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v

Between 1987 and late 1989 the Delta HF Turbo 4WD and its successor, the HF Integrale, cleaned up on the World and European rally stage. Going into the 1990 season Lancia were obviously keen to retain their number one status but Japan’s growing contingent of representatives including Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda were beginning to find form.

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Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Although Lancia convincingly won the 1987 World Rally Championship with their Delta HF Turbo 4WD, this model had been in development before the FIA announced their 1987 ban on Group B cars. That bombshell came in May 1986 the same month the HF Turbo 4WD was launched: it was a fortuitous coincidence and gave Lancia an ideal platform for the new Group A era.

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Lancia Delta HF Turbo 4WD

When the Lancia Delta was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1979 no-one could have predicted this boxy five-door hatchback would go on to become the most successful rally car of the 20th century. It was an unforeseen series of events during the mid 1980s that meant Lancia’s ageing and hitherto uninteresting mid-range model got thrust into…

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Peugeot 205 T16

1982 saw the FIA introduce simplified categories for motor racing designed to attract a new wave of manufacturers into the sport.

Previously vehicles were split into one of six main categories beginning with Group 1 for models that had achieved a production run of 5000 units in a 12-month period. Lesser production totals were required for Groups 2 and 3 (1000 units…

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