CARS: DELTA SKELTER

Can one of the World's greatest cars get better? We think so. With outfits such as Singer and Alfaholics creating a new restomod culture, the latest car to go under the knife is the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale by Italian coachbuilders Automobili Amos.

Eugenio Amos had been captivated by the Delta Integrale from the age of seven when he was sat in the back of his father’s (“Those memories are made of smells, of that soft Alcantara touch, of confused noises”), and after years of planning and development with a talented team of engineers and designers, he’s now realizing his mission to create the ultimate reimagining of the Italian rally box. It looks like a Delta, and it retains its flavor, but it’s been completely “gone through.”

The hatch is carbon, the fenders, bumpers, hood, front fenders, sills, engine cover, and fascia are too; the rear doors have been welded shut to give it an S4-esque two-door look; the ECU is new, the wiring looms are new; the turbocharged inline-four produces 330hp thanks to tuning from Autotecnica along with a reengineered cooling and exhaust system; the transmission is beefed up from its original spec (the car shown here began life as a 1989 Integrale); the upgraded suspension features an extensive use of aluminum; and Amos says in addition to the steel roll cage the frame of the car has been reinforced in line with Group A prep that the original WRC dominators went through. In all, the car has shed weight from its original spec, and now comes in at 1,250kg (roughly 2,755lbs).

We'll take two. What a machine.

Images courtesy of Degler Studio.

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