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A Scalextric Lancia Delta S4
This month, we’re on a bit of Lancia bender and, more specifically, that marque’s rally-winning Delta S4. These Group B rally cars, an evolution of the Lancia 037 and, more often than not, seen sporting distinctive Martini livery, featured a supercharged and turbocharged four-banger motor. At the peak of the S4’s development, it was rumoured that the engine packed a hefty 417kw punch. Of course, the Group B rally cars with their over-the-top displays of prodigious power couldn’t last, and, following a series of major accidents, the category was banned by the FIA in 1985. However, while it lasted, there was plenty of action to be seen on the world’s rally stages, and, of course, genuine Delta S4s — like other Group B rally cars such as the MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200, and Peugeot 205 T16 — are now highly valued motor sport collectibles.
First up, let’s take a look at the two Delta S4s that have recently been added to Autoart’s Signature range of 1:18 die-cast models.
The Delta carrying Martini livery is modelled on the car that Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siviero drove to victory on the sixth Marlboro Rally Argentina of 1986. The unadorned model represents, of course, the Delta S4 Stradale. Two hundred of these road-going S4s were built for homologation purposes between 1985 and 1986. Although not as powerful as its rallying brother, the S4 Stradale was reputedly good for a top speed of around 225kph and capable of demolishing the benchmark sprint from 0 to 96kph in just six seconds — very impressive for the mid ’80s. Both of these models are beautifully detailed — popping open the S4’s rear cover reveals a very accurate representation of the Lancia’s potent, mid-mounted engine, but, for those who seek true authenticity, AUTOART also makes a ‘dirty’ version of the S4 — a mud-spattered car that truly evokes the spirit of rallying.
A little smaller than the AUTOART models, we’re also featuring a Scalextric Delta S4 modelled on the car campaigned by Dario Cerrato and Giuseppe Cerri on the 1986 Rallye Sanremo. This pairing finished in second place, just 30 seconds behind Markku Alén’s winning Delta S4 team car.
To get a chance to win one our featured Scalextric Lancia Delta S4 — as supplied by the good guys at Toymod Ltd, the New Zealand Scalextric distributor — just answer the following question.
The driving partnership of Dario Cerrato and Giuseppe Cerri lasted for many years, and their names would become firmly linked to one famous Italian racing team. Can you name that team? To enter this competition, head to classiccar. co.nz/competitions — competition closes February 15, 2016.