LANCIA DELTA HF INTEGRALE : THE TRIUMPH BEFORE THE FALL
Between 1988 and 1991 Lancia became the ultimate company to beat thanks to the various versions of the Delta HF Integrale
LANCIA DELTA HF INTEGRALE
In the WRC Lancia won both the drivers 'and constructors' titles with its Delta HF 4WD.
The previous Lancia Delta HF 4WD
The historical result boosted morals inside the company and that mindset advanced the development of the vehicle and in 1988 the new Integral HF was ready.
Its design featured widened fenders, a new design of bumpers and miniskirts, new front air intakes and on the bonnet, while for the alloy new 15 " wheels.
Equipped with new suspensions and an increased braking system, the car had a new 2.0 Turbo four-cylinder engine updated to deliver the power of 270 hp.
The car reconfirmed the prestige of its progenitor by winning the world championship again thanks to the legendary Miki Biasion. In addition to this, the car won other prestigious statements in the same year (including a European championship and the national championships of Italy, Greece, Portugal and Austria).
Highlights of WRC 1988
LANCIA DELTA HF INTEGRALE 16V
Italian engineers knew that they could do much better and in 1989 they developed the new HF Integrale 16V. Recognizable for the new engine cover modified to accommodate the new 390 hp engine, which was the most powerful ever mounted on the HF Integrale.
Equipped with new components such as trim, gearbox, clutch and brakes, the car proved to be monstrously competitive, winning three constructive titles in a row between 1989 and 1991 and two drivers titles with Miki Biasion and Juha Kankkunen in 1989 and 1991.
To reconfirm its superiority, the car later added to its trophy board: three European championships, three Italian championships, two French championships, three Greek championships, three Portuguese championships, two Hungarian championships, three Austrian championships, a Dutch championship, a German championship and a Finnish championship.
The Italian engineers could consider themselves satisfied and pleased with the car they had created, but they managed to do even better at the end of 1991.
Highlights of WRC 1989
Highlights of WRC 1990
Highlights of WRC 1991
LANCIA DELTA HF INTEGRALE EVOLUZIONE
That year the brand new HF Integrale Evoluzione featured a new body kit and equipped improved suspension than the previous Integrale 16V.
Fiat, the owner of the Lancia brand, had however decided to transfer the entire racing department to Alfa Romeo to take care of the development of the new 155 and the Evoluzione was managed by the Jolly Club team supported by Martini Racing.
Despite the lack of support from the Turin company and the new 320 hp engine, the car proved to be competitive again, winning the world championship in 1992.
The 1993 season marked the final retreat of the Delta from the WRC due to the lack of technical updates and the lack of adaptability shown by Carlos Sainz and Andrea Aghini, but this did not prevent them from imposing themselves in other competitions.
In total, the Delta Integrale Evoluzione managed to win a European championship until 2002, two Italian championships, four French championships, two Greek championships, a Portuguese championship, three Hungarian championships, three Spanish championships, a Czech championship, a Lebanese championship and a championship Saudi.
Highlights of WRC 1992
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation