The Lancia Delta Integrale EV, with 671 horsepower, will compete in the World Rallycross Series in 2022
- On 27/12/2021 at 18:09
- In Rally Cars
It has the appearance of a classic rally car but is powered by current electric technology.
The Lancia Delta Integrale, or at least a vehicle that looks like it, is returning to rallying.
The turbocharged engine is no longer used because the new equipment is powered by electricity.
The vehicle will be campaigned by GCK Motorsport in the inaugural EV season of the World Rallycross Championship.
This machine isn't based on a Delta Integrale at all.
GCK is instead employing its Exclusiv-e chassis.
The Lancia Delta Evo-e is the name given to the final product by the firm.
The driver of the vehicle in the World Rallycross Championship has yet to be revealed by the team.
"The race format lends itself ideally to creating one of the most thrilling sports spectacles with electric cars to date," GCK CEO Guerlain Chicherit said. "We chose the Lancia Delta Integrale because it is a vehicle that made us all dream."
The electric racers in the World Rallycross Championship will all use a powertrain from the Austrian company Kreisel.
The all-wheel-drive system will produce 671 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 649 pound-feet of torque (880 Newton-meters).
It is claimed that acceleration to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) takes only 1.8 seconds.
The World Rallycross Championship in 2022 will include 14 vehicles.
The teams will be permitted to utilise alternate bodywork and liveries while sharing the same powerplant.
The FIA, teams, and event organisers are considering changing the race format to encourage more passing opportunities and closer competition on the track.
GCK has a reputation to uphold by using the Delta Integrale body.
In the World Rally Championship, the Lancia team won five manufacturers' titles and three drivers' awards in the machine with this design from 1988 to 1992.
If you're in Europe and enjoy the Delta Integrale, GCK is producing a limited number of road-going variants (video above).
The all-wheel-drive, electric machine makes 197 hp (147 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. A 30-kilowatt-hour battery has a range of 124 miles (200 kilometres).
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