An Italian company is restarting the legendary Lancia 037 Group B rally car. The Kimera Automobili EVO37 has been around this year, including an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, and is expected to begin deliveries as and when you are reading this.
The EVO37 is the brainchild of former European Rally Championship driver Luca Betti, who wanted to pay homage to the 037. Lancia’s weapon of choice in rallying in the early 1980s, it was the last car. two-wheel drive to win the World Rally Championship (WRC), beating the all-wheel-drive Audi Quattro in 1983.
Like the original, the EVO37 starts out as a tubular frame chassis loosely based on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo (sold as Scorpion in the US to avoid clashing with the Chevy Monte Carlo). Betti also hired some of the engineers who worked on the original 037, including engine developer Claudio Lombardi.
The engine itself is a 2.0-liter inline-4 like the original. However, instead of the original compressor, the new engine uses a turbocharger and an electric compressor. Power goes from 205 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque to 505 hp and 406 lb-ft. The central engine, positioned longitudinally, transmits its power to the rear wheels via manual or sequential gearboxes.
Pricing starts at 480,000 euros (around $ 567,000 at current exchange rates) and production will be limited to 37 cars.
We wonder how many of these 37 customers already have a Lancia Delta Futurista and a New Stratos parked in their garages. The original 037 was the evolutionary step between the Lancia Stratos and Delta Integrale rally cars, so the addition of the EVO37 would be the perfect trifecta.