The Lancia Delta Integrale was the result of Lancia’s commitment to Group A rally racing when it was first introduced in May 1986 as the turbocharged Delta HF 4WD, which was closely related to the standard Delta compact hatchback that was introduced in 1979. This was followed by the HF Integrale 8V, which was unveiled in November 1987. The HF Integrale 8V’s wheel arches have been widened to accommodate the expanded diameter tyres and improved suspension settings.
As the name suggests, the HF Integrale 8V has a 2.0-litre 8-valve engine together with a larger Garrett T3 Turbo that produces 185hp, linked to all four wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Like the HF 4WD, HF Integrale 8V also has 56:44 power distribution to the front. These improvements and its short wheelbase provided better driving performance, as it was more nimble in the corners, with greater traction and razor-sharp handling compared to the likes of the Audi Quattro. This led to Lancia continuing to dominate in the World Rally Championship with the Integrale 8V, where it successfully defended its Constructors’ Championship titles in 1988 and 1989, while taking the top 3 standings for the Drivers’ Championship. Furthermore, their rally success also boosted Lancia’s sales by doubling its output to almost 10,000 cars in two years.
This example has been heavily modified for racing use, sporting a striking Monza Red exterior finish complete with decals featuring the logos of Martini, Michelin, and Garrett, to name a few. This particular Integrale 8V also has Abarth badging on the C-pillar, as they were heavily involved in Lancia’s rally activities at that time. Another unique feature is the five-spoke white Speedline Champion cast wheels, a set of rally mud flaps and an adjustable coloured roof spoiler that was first introduced on the Evoluzione model. Just like on the outside, its interior has been completely stripped out, losing the rear seats and air conditioning, which have been replaced by a roll-cage and Sparco bucket seats with Sabelt six-point harness and a 3-spoke suede steering wheel.
Exterior Color: Monza Red