The world of rallying was changed forever on January 1st 1982 with the introduction of the new Group B rules. These gave manufacturers virtually carte blanche to design the fastest car they could for world rally special stages, so long as they built at least 200 identical examples. This is the story of Lancia's mid-engined and supercharged Rally. The reader is taken from initial thinking about the car and conception, through development, to the full history of its rallying lifetime, with the help of the car designer and chief engineer, Ing. Sergio Limone. Featuring many of Limone's own photographs taken during development, and interviews with team members. Illustrated with 250 stunning and rare rally action photos.
In the late 1970s, the problem facing any manufacturer that wanted to continue taking part in the World Rally Championship during the next decade was that the rules were being changed. Not only that, but nobody knew until it was almost too late what form those new rules would take. This book takes the reader through the reasons for the new rules, and the solutions that all potential contenders would have to consider if they wanted to win rallies at World Championship level. Lancia’s Rally was the car that was developed quickly to deal with the then-dominant Audi Quattro. The reasons it succeeded are featured here, along with an in-depth, behind-closed-doors look at the development of the car with the close help and cooperation of its designer and chief engineer, Ing. Sergio Limone.Here you can read how he decided the basic configuration of the car, what the rules would allow and how the project unfolded in total secret at Fiat’s various test tracks and centres in and around Turin, overlaid with rumour and counter-rumour as the world’s motoring press tried to make sense of what little knowledge it had of the project’s progress. In addition, Ing. Limone’s own photographs from areas never accessed by the public tell their own story. The focus then moves to the world of top-level rallying, with all the associated glory and headaches. Accompanied by stunning photography and insights from team members, we follow the small and nimble 037s, as the cars have become popularly known, as they head out to take the World Rally Championship for Makes in 1983 and innumerable wins throughout the world. In addition, there are tests of various key examples of the cars, and appendices of events and chassis used. Illustrated with 250 stunning and rare rally action photos.
About the author
Co-founder and Editor-at-Large of Auto Italia magazine in the UK in 1994, Peter Collins' enthusiasm for Italian motorsport emanated from Le Mans 1967 as a Ferrari supporter. He has subsequently become intimately involved in the total Italian motoring scene, both with the cars and the people. His first book was on the Lancia Integrale and second on the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. He was honoured to be asked to write this book by Ing. Sergio Limone, designer and chief engineer of the Lancia 037.