This 1988 Lancia Delta 8V Integrale Evolution is the subject of a street legal/track day/race car project on Pistonheads.com, by it’s owner, forum member”dwrights”. The story is that he already had an animal Evo 2 Delta Integrale 16 valve complete with 360 bhp, Alcon brakes and a trick suspension which he was planning on modifying for more power. His goal was to install a full roll cage and turn it into an all out track car…until he saw the 1988 Integrale 8v rally shell propped up on jack stands lurking in the corner of his friend’s shop. Who could blame him for having his imagination go wild? There is just something about seeing a race car shell with a roll cage criss-crossing through it that speaks to all of us car guys. Especially considering that he had been recently quoted £10k plus VAT from a custom fabricator to build a similar cage in his current Integrale. The decision to sell his car and start a new build was a no-brainer. He put his street car back to stock, sold it and transferred his forged engine, Alcon brakes, RSR suspension, and associated trick hardware over to the Rally shell build. They agreed on an estimated build time, and the transformation began…
Three engine maps were used which can be accessed via a rotary switch installed in the dash. With powertrain loss calculated at 24%, the horsepower and torque numbers are as follows:
Map 1 is base boost at 1.0 Bar – 409 bhp/390 ft/lbs.
Map 2 is 1.6 Bar – 529 bhp/455 ft/lbs.
Map 3 is 2.0 Bar – 570 bhp/501 ft/lbs.
Not bad for a car weighing in at only 2,733 pounds.
Lancia Delta Integrales hold a special place in the hearts of most all car guys, with their boxed flairs and rally car competition history. What’s most impressive in this custom build is that if they decide they want to rally it, all that they need to do is change the struts and fit a navigation computer. Doubtful the original race car was so versatile with it’s modifications for different race series, especially considering that this one remains road legal in the U.K.