The Lancia Rally is one of the world’s most iconic and successful rally cars, built by the most successful rally manufacturer in history, operating in an era with near endless budget.
To compete in the 1982 WRC Group B Championship, each manufacturer was required to build 200 road-legal examples, with the racing version carrying only minor modifications. This led to the road-legal, ‘Stradale’ version being a competitive, well-honed thoroughbred.
Launched at the 1982 Turin Motor Show, the Lancia Rally ‘037’ was a light and powerful car, built in collaboration with the Lancia racing department, Abarth and Pininfarina study centre. The car had one purpose, to win rallies, so it adopted the best design elements available. The central frame cell was fitted with tube frames at the front and rear permitting Lancia to use very advanced quadrilateral suspension, a solution which permits all the adjustment necessary, a huge developmental advantage over many of the competitors.
With other competitors choosing a turbo-charged engine, head engineer, Aurelio Lampredi, chose a supercharged system with a volumetric compressor, allowing instant power even at low engine speeds, another design decision focussing on competition. The two-litre, four-cylinder, four-valve, in-line engine was mid-mounted with a five-speed manual ZF gearbox delivering power to the rear wheels. The bodywork was lightweight fibreglass, with its clamshell design allowing instant access for mechanics in rallying’s increasingly competitive ‘service stops’ where if necessary the gearbox could be replaced in a record time of just 12 minutes!
The 037 was designed to compete, it is focussed, ruthless and efficient, and it was the last rear-wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship! The Stradale specification allows the driver to indulge in fabulous handling, phenomenal engine characteristics and sublime looks. The steering is pin-sharp with one of the most progressive brake pedals (with four ventilating discs) in existence, this is one of the most enjoyable sports cars for the open road.
Source: Girardo & Co.