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  Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione Group A
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1992 - 1993
Internal name:SE050
Designed by:Giorgietto Giugiaro for Italdesign
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 13, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe original car was used to score two further victories in the opening rounds of the 1988 season. It was then superseded by the Delta HF Integrale, which was based on a newly homologated version of the Delta road car. It featured wider wheel-arches, which allowed for wider and larger wheels and as a result larger brake discs to be fitted. It also featured subtle revisions to the all-wheel drive system. Biasion drove the car to a debut victory and then also finally won the Safari Rally for Lancia. The Italian manufacturer won ten of the 13 rounds and Biasion was crowned champion.

Although the team faced the first real opposition in 1989 with the arrival of the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165, the Delta HF Integrale continued to dominate. At the San Remo Rally late in the season, the team introduced the new Integrale 16V. As the name suggest, this featured a 16-valve engine that produced in excess of 300hp. Depending on the stage type, the cars could be run with a five- or six-speed gearbox. Biasion was champion once more in 1989 but a consistent run with the now well honed Toyota saw Carlos Sainz win the title in 1990. Lancia won 'only' five rallies that year. For its fifth season, the Group A Delta was back on top with six wins helping Kankkunen and Lancia to win the titles.

There was even more success when the 'Evo' version of the Delta HF Integrale was homologated. It featured an even wilder bodykit that allowed for yet biggers wheels and brakes. The engine was also further massaged to produce as much as 365hp. The 'Deltona' or 'Super Delta' dominated, scoring eight victories in 1992. Lancia won the manufacturers' trophy once again but Sainz was once again the most consistent driver.

After the 1992 season, Martini stopped its Lancia Corse backing and the factory team ceased operating. The cars were raced by privateer teams but no further world championship victories were scored. In six seasons, the Group A Deltas scored a stunning 46 victories and Lancia won the World Championship each year. The Delta was already mighty in Group B form but it became the most successful rally car of all time.

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