With aforementioned juvenile pipe dreams in mind, consider this: that this Lancia “LaSupra” takes the game so, so, so much further. In truth, very little of the Delta donor remains. “The only thing that is still left from the original car is pieces of the front window frame” says LaSupra mastermind Peter Pentell. The rest of the car as it stands is utterly bespoke, and born of Peter’s desire to go quicker and quicker and quicker, ad infinitum.
He bought the car in 2001 as a standard 1992 Delta Evolution 1 and would you believe it from looking at it now, daily drove it. Some track time in the car to explore the outer reaches of its potential left him with a hunger for more from his iconic hatch. Mild modifications took him part of the way there, but a slew of engine and gearbox failures left his addiction little short of unsatiated. A hardier powertrain was needed – enter the beast from the east. The engine and transmission from a Toyota Supra should do it. As it turns out, getting a 3,000cc turbocharged six-cylinder to talk to the mounting points in an early ‘90s Italian hatchback is no easy task. Bow out, most of the Delta. Enter bespoke tubular space frame chassis and the kind of aero-clad bodywork you’d find on something abusing the laws of Physics halfway up pikes peak.