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Lancia Delta S4 1985

Caractéristiques

4 cylinders

Engine size : 1800

500 ch

 

Chassis no. 205

Among the earliest examples built by Abarth, the Lancia Delta S4 Corsa presented here is chassis number 205. It bears the distinction of being the very first Delta S4 to enter a European Rally Championship event and thus the very first Delta S4 to officially compete in the hallowed Group B category. Lancia was granted homologation for its new twin-charged Group B monster on 1 November 1985. Just hours later, chassis 205 was in action on the gravel stages of the Rali Lois Algarve in Portugal.

The 1978 FIA Cup for Drivers Champion and 19-time World Rally winner Markku Alén and his longstanding co-driver Ilkka Kivimäki were tasked with driving this Delta S4 in Portugal for the Works Lancia Martini Racing Team. The choice of pilots was no accident. Alén and Kivimäki had been heavily involved with the development of the Delta S4, actually winning the Rally Colline di Romagna rally.

Lancia Delta S4 1985

Caractéristiques

4 cylinders

Engine size : 1800

500 ch

 

Chassis no. 205

Among the earliest examples built by Abarth, the Lancia Delta S4 Corsa presented here is chassis number 205. It bears the distinction of being the very first Delta S4 to enter a European Rally Championship event and thus the very first Delta S4 to officially compete in the hallowed Group B category. Lancia was granted homologation for its new twin-charged Group B monster on 1 November 1985. Just hours later, chassis 205 was in action on the gravel stages of the Rali Lois Algarve in Portugal.

The 1978 FIA Cup for Drivers Champion and 19-time World Rally winner Markku Alén and his longstanding co-driver Ilkka Kivimäki were tasked with driving this Delta S4 in Portugal for the Works Lancia Martini Racing Team. The choice of pilots was no accident. Alén and Kivimäki had been heavily involved with the development of the Delta S4, actually winning the Rally Colline di Romagna rally.