When the Group B class of racing was first introduced in 1982 by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), the original idea was to have cars that would not only be powerful but ones that would break all speed limits. The FIA however didn’t know this that just four years later, they would have to eliminate this class altogether.
So Lancia, like all others started developing a powerful car. Little did Lancia know that this newly developed Delta S4 car would one day make the organisers stop the race completely (in 1987, two drivers driving this model crashed in to a tree, catching fire and melted inside the car).
Below the hood was a 1.8 litre inline-four engine, that gave a mighty 550 HP. It is said that Lancia engineers even tested the engine to give up to 1000 HP. The overall frame of this sports car was of tubular construction with double wishbone suspension provided at the rear as well in the front. To keep the overall weight low, the body was made up of carbon-fibre while the doors were made of Kevlar (same material as bullet-proof jackets), windows were made of a special type of acrylic sheet called Perspex.
This particular Lancia Delta S4 model was driven by Italian Fabrizon Tabaton along with co-driver Luciano Tedeschini and participated in the Rally Príncipe de Asturias (a city in north-west of Spain).
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|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Separate MARLBORO decal provided|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 6 x 6|
|Theme||Racing - Rally|