By re-mapping the engine management and fitting a more efficient single outlet exhaust system, output rose by 5% to 210bhp at 5750rpm. Otherwise the 16-valve inline four cylinder engine remained largely unaltered. Displacement was 1995cc thanks to a bore and stroke of 84mm and 90mm respectively. Compression stayed at 8.0:1 and Weber IAW fuel injection was again…Read More
Two years after the sensational Alfa Romeo Tipo 33-based Carabo came on the scene, Bertone’s next wedge-shaped concept was ready to break cover. However, before it was publicly unveiled, Nuccio Bertone presented the Stratos Zero to a Lancia management that had been kept in the dark about the highly secretive project.
Lancia had traditionally favoured Pininfarina…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
Held between 1973 and 1980, the Giro d’Italia was a marvellous end-of-season party for the huge partisan crowd it attracted. Combining circuit racing and tarmac rally stages interspersed with regularity sections on public roads, it was essentially an Italian version of the Tour de France and filled a gap left for a national event since the Mille Miglia’s demise in 1957.Read More