A lesson in what to do with a rally classic when the weather turns, the driver doesn’t want to do much other than slide this Martini-liveried, four-wheel-drive hero around the convoluted circuit in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
With flames spitting from the exhaust, it’s proof that you don’t need huge power to have fun. That said, the little Lancia makes 207bhp and 300Nm from its turbocharged, 16-valve, 2.0-litre engine.
Introduced in September 1991 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the first generation Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione was built from October 1991 through 1992. Based on the championship-winning Delta HF Integrale 16v, it featured a strengthened steering rack, suspension and raised front strut towers. The tracks were wider than previously, necessitating larger wheel arch bulges, which were joined by new wings, bonnet and bumpers. The braking system featured larger diameter discs, a vacuum servo, and fixed two-pot Brembo calipers, with the addition of a six-way Bosch anti-lock braking system.
While Lancia officially retired from rallying at the end of the 1991 World Rally Championship season, having won both the constructors’ and drivers’ titles, factory-developed HF Integrale Evos were fielded by privateers for the 1992 season, securing Lancia its sixth consecutive and final Constructor's World Rally Championship. Essentially, the cars were, and still are, very good at going sideways on low-drip surfaces.