6 Lancia Delta Integrale (1987-95)
WHY IT’S HERE To keep Lancia in the World Rally Championship after the finish of Group B
When Group B rally cars were banned at the end of the 1986 season, Lancia grabbed the most suitable car it had to run in Group A: the recently launched Delta HF 4WD, turbocharged and with the secret weapon of an F1-tech TorSen (torque sensing) rear differential. By September 1987 this had morphed into the Integrale, with an extra 20bhp, brake and suspension tweaks and those trademark ‘blister’ wheelarches. Oh, and Lancia won the 1987 World Rally Championship, as it would also do for the following five years thanks to continued development keeping its rivals firmly at bay.
To say it was well received is an understatement. Performance Car didn’t sit on the fence and suggested: ‘It will go down in history as one of the most gripping, one of the most intoxicating, and one of the most memorable performance cars in the world.’
In early 1989 the 16-valve version arrived, with a sexy bonnet bulge to help cover it and 200bhp on tap. Wider wheels and anti-lock brakes helped keep everything in check too. Then, in October 1991, came three letters that would spawn a whole movement: Evo. The legendary Evo I had even bigger arches to cover the widened track, plus another 10bhp, and 18 months later the Evo II added 16in alloys, 215bhp and other tweaks.