Motor (Australia)

KIMERA AUTOMOBILI EVO37

PRICE: $770,000 OUTPUT: 377kW ENGINE: 2.1-litre inline-4

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HAILING FROM CUNEO, just a little over an hour’s drive from Lancia’s home of Turin, Kimera Automobili shocked the world when it unveiled the renders of its gorgeous EVO37 project.

Conceived as the ultimate evolution and a modern tribute to the iconic Lancia 037, Kimera’s build begins with the central monocoque of a Beta Montecarlo – just like the period race cars.

The exterior’s traditiona­l constructi­on of fibreglass has been ditched for carbon fibre panels, carefully reflecting the original’s iconic proportion­s. Ohlins adjustable suspension mounts to tubular front and rear subframes. Total kerb weight is targeted at 1000kg.

The engine is based on an original 037 2.0-litre block, however, it’s been thoroughly re-engineered. Displaceme­nt has increased to 2.1-litres and the old Abarth Volumex supercharg­er has been binned for a twinchargi­ng system: supercharg­er and turbocharg­er working in unison to deliver a whopping 377kW.

What’s more, lead engineer for EVO37 is none other than Claudio Lombardi, the man who oversaw the engine of every vintage Martini-liveried Lancia racer you’ve ever drooled over.

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