The Lancia Delta Integrale was concieved as a homologation
car for rallying. The Delta Integrale followed in the footsteps
of the Lancia Stratos and then the mid-engined
Delta S4. The Delta Integrale was
introduced after the banning of the monstrously fast Group B
series, and was built to compete in the milder Group A rally
The first Lancia Delta Integrales were introduced in 1987, these
4 wheel drive cars were powered by a 185 horsepower, 4 cylinder,
turbocharged engine. They were fast, handled brilliantly and
were also practical. The only downside to the Integrale was
the power delivery which featured the expected turbo lag - b
ut in many ways this only adds to the brutal nature of the car.
In 1989 the Delta Integrale was further improved with the addition
of a new 16 valve 200+ hp engine. Then in 1991 the Lancia Integrale
Evolution HF appeared. This had 215 horsepower, wider arches
(to cover a wider track both front and rear), redesigned grille,
bonnet, air intakes, wings, bumpers, sideskirts and rear spoiler.
The Lancia Delta Integrale, of all years, is still a highly
sought after vehicle with a wide following of enthusiasts.