If there is a characteristic feature of having made the Italian brand Lancia gala throughout its history most racing fans would say that Lancia has always identified by design "nice car". Demonstrated decades ago with impressive and advanced to his time as the Lancia Aurelia Fulvia Flaminia Beta Stratos. Car few manufacturers can boast of such an extensive list of mythical vehicles.
The truth is that in the late 90s Lancia suffered a major decline in popularity due to several models that failed to attract audiences as expected and some decisions from the Fiat Group did not seem to do justice to the history of the brand. Luckily today Lancia returns to produce quality vehicles like the Lancia Ypsilon or Thema among others although aimed at a very remote than they had in the 80 sector buyers.
Because yes there was a time that Lancia cars were going crazy youth for its sporty lines powerful engines and of course for their involvement in motorsports. And of all these the Lancia Delta Integrale is the most remembered of the Italian brand car.
The Lancia Delta is a vehicle that the brand has made three generations although that really interests us is the first version which runs from 1979 to 1993. In 1993 he was released the second generation a model that had nothing to do with the original and did not achieve the expected results. Finally since 2008 the third generation of Delta tourism five spacious and noble doors is made.
But the original Delta was the opposite. Designed in 1979 by the famous designer Giorgetto Giugiaro the Lancia Delta took the base of the Fiat Ritmo and was a tourist with both three and five-door that stood for a sporty and modern style.
Quickly became a success and in 1980 was voted the European Car of the Year. To suit the current fashion the 4x4 had just implement the Audi Quattro technology in 1982 the prototype Lancia Delta Turbo 4x4 which became the Delta HF 4WD as street version was released.
One vehicle rode a motor 2-liter turbocharged 165 hp and achieved remarkable sales success considering that its price was about 3 million pesetas. The press at the time emphasized his extraordinary behavior and its powerful mechanical and performance.
By the mid-80s the Delta was a known and desired car among motorsport enthusiasts but his rise to legendary car did it from 1987 when it was released the first Lancia Delta HF Integrale.
That vehicle was designed exclusively to manufacture 9800 units needed to standardize the version of rallies was going to participate in the World Championships.
The first Delta Integrale available 8v a turbocharged 185 hp and definitely love left a generation of drivers. That vehicle was a real devourer of asphalt the most effective of his time on winding roads and unfolded well on unpaved terrain.
In relation to competitors of the time as the Ford Sierra Cosworth or E30 BMW M3 the HF Integrale happened to be the easiest to drive and more effective presenting a much better stability. In addition the car achieved great victories in the World Rally Championship that made him stand out even more as a vehicle for success.
In 1989 the successor was even better. It was the Lancia Integrale 16 v 200 hp. With improvements in all aspects of its predecessor the Integrale was defined as "the perfect vehicle off motorways" one of the most street cars has approached the behavior of a vehicle rally.
In the following years appear Delta Integrale Evoluzione versions I and II of 210 and 215 hp respectively and the Integrale 5 a limited edition in honor of the 5 world championships made by the Italian firm before announcing his retirement from racing in 1991 .
Removal of the World Rally Championship made the brand replantease its objectives and decided to completely redesign the Delta in 1993 which became the overnight in a boring sedan. Curiously in 1993 Carlos Sainz drove a Delta Integrale in the World Rally Championship although achieving very poor results because they no longer had official support.
With the arrival on the market of the second generation the original Delta quickly became a vehicle of worship which over the years has aged as one of the classics most wanted those who love driving.
Luckily the Integrale was a fairly reliable and lots of just over 40000 units manufactured still in circulation enjoying its elegance in concentrations of classic and historic car rally vehicle. And is that today the Integrale remains one of the few vehicles that fail to elicit a smile to all motorsport fans that keep the memory of an Italian sports car that in the late 80s marveled the world in tests as mythical as the Rallye Monte-Carlo or the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland. for the other reviews about the newest cars visit here.
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