MORE LANCIA LEGENDS
The pretty but tough little Fulvia
earned Lancia respect from the
rallying world, winning the 1972
International Championship for
Manufacturers, but as noted on
previous pages, it was the Stratos
that caught everyone’s attention.
Astonishingly, Lancia’s subsequent
rally cars were similarly successful.
The Fiat Group sent Lancia back
into the World Rally Championship
(now under Group B regs) in 1982
with the loosely Montecarlo-based
037, and grabbed the Manufacturers’
crown, the last time a two-wheel-drive car would achieve this.
In 1985 came the Delta S4, a
Eugenio Castellotti leads Peter Collins at
Reims in ’ 56, but the Briton would win. In
the season finale, while running for the
championship, Collins gave up his car to
Fangio whose own had broken, and thus
handed the Argentine his fourth crown.
beast of a car, producing well over
500hp from its turbocharged and
supercharged 1.8-liter engine. It
won on its debut in ’ 85 and four
more times in ’ 86 (although one of
these was annulled), but rallying’s
Group B era ended after too many
huge and deadly accidents.
In WRC’s early Group A era, the
Lancia Delta (first in HF, then
Integrale form), was the car to beat.
From 1987 through ’ 92, the chunky
hatchback delivered 46 victories,
earned Lancia six Manufacturers’
titles and its pilots four Drivers’
crowns, with Miki Biasion and Juha
Kankkunen taking two each.
interior noise, stubborn gearbox, anemic
performance in emissions-strangled
U.S. spec, and brake servo issues so bad
that production was suspended in 1978.
The Group 5 racer sure had a big task
to repair that kind of reputation…
Whether or not the 450-500hp track
monster achieved that (Series 2 road
cars were hugely improved, by the way),
Lancia had a huge hit on its hands. The
car looked sensational and, despite a
highly-strung, turbocharged 1.4-liter
(later, 1.7) engine, it swept to three
straight World Endurance Championship
for Makes titles, 1979 through ’ 81.
Then, with the Montecarlo now out
of production and the 037 (see column
on right) presumably helping to push
the remainder out of showroom doors,
Lancia once more went for a halo brand
promotion, moving up to sports car
racing’s Group 6 category with the LC1
Spyder for 1982. However, to
encourage manufacturers to switch to
its new Group C rules, the FIA made
Group 6 cars ineligible for points in the
Manufacturers’ Championship. The LC1
stood little chance against the Porsche
956 anyway, despite not having to
conform to the same fuel restrictions
Nonetheless, Lancia’s Riccardo
Patrese, by now also an F1 race-winner,
ran Porsche’s Jacky Ickx close in the
The LC2 was Lancia’s
Group C car, using a
of a Ferrari 308
engine. It scored 13
poles in WSC, but only
three wins, and rarely
troubled the Porsche
956s and 962s.
FAST AIN’T ENOUGH