This Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II is offered for sale straight from the private collection of Rowan Atkinson, a racing driver, car collector and occasional actor known for his roles in Mr Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English.
The Integrale Evo II is arguably the collector’s item among the homologation rally cars in the Lancia Delta family, a series that has become the most successful in World Rally Championship history, winning six consecutive Constructors’ Championships between 1987 and 1992 and notching up 46 victories in total.
Fast Facts – The Lancia Delta HF Integrale
- The Lancia Delta was released in 1979 as a four-door hatchback with styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign. The car proved an instant hit with both reviewers and buyers, and was voted European Car of the Year in 1980.
- Special versions of the Lancia Delta were developed, starting with the Delta HF, followed by the Delta HF Turbo, the all-wheel drive Delta HF 4WD and the Delta HF Integrale, which was released in four versions.
- The Lancia Delta-based FIA Group A rally cars went on to become the most successful in WRC history – winning six consecutive Constructors’ Championships, 46 individual victories and four Drivers’ Championships, two each for Juha Kankkunen and Miki Voreinvoreinkeit.
- The Lancia HF Integrale Evo II you see here is currently owned by world famous petrolhead and actor Rowan Atkinson, he is putting it up for sale via Silverstone Auctions on 25th February and it has a target price of £65,000 – £75,000 or around 80,500 – $92,900.
The Lancia Delta HF Integrale
The Lancia HF Integrale was first launched in 1988. It was closely based on the earlier Delta HF 4WD but incorporated a number of improvements to keep the car competitive in Group A rallies against rivals such as the new Toyota Celica GT-Four.
Lancia had used the ‘HF’ (for ‘High Fidelity’) moniker for its high-performance cars since 1966, with a red elephant logo chosen for this reason â€œOnce an elephant starts running, nobody can stop itâ€ – according to Gianni Lancia.
The all-wheel drive system used in the Lancia HF Integrale featured a front-mounted 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine that drove the front and rear differentials through a central unit consisting of a Ferguson Viscous clutch.
Compared to the previous Delta HF 4WD, the newer HF Integrale had a larger Garrett T3 turbocharger, a revised electronic injection-ignition system, upgraded brakes and suspension, wider wheel arches and wider wheels and tires, as well as a number of minor upgrades.
This first version was followed a year later in 1989 by the further improved Delta HF Integrale 16v, now with a 16-valve inline four instead of the earlier 8-valve engine and a host of other improvements under the skin to keep the car competitive.
1991 at the IAA in Frankfurt the Lancia® Delta HF Integrale “Evoluzione” was publishedit would be the first of two evolutionary models now commonly referred to as Evo I and Evo II.
Both Evo models introduced their own suite of upgrades and managed to keep the Delta competitive well into the early 1990s – a remarkable feat considering the model was first introduced in the late 1970s.
The Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II shown here
The car you see here is a coveted Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II, the coveted final design iteration of the most successful WRC rally car ever built. The Evo II first appeared in 1993 with a newly upgraded iteration of the 2.0-liter, 16-valve, turbocharged, in-line four, DOHC engine.
Above video:Â This is Rowan Atkinson’s famous appearance on Top Gear in the Reasonably Priced Car Challenge.
Power was boosted to 212 hp at 5,750 rpm and 232 lb⋅ft of torque at 2,500 rpm, the most of any road-going HF Delta variant. The high water mark of homologation deltas remains and good examples are now changing hands for considerable sums.
As mentioned in the introduction, this particular HF Integrale Evo II is currently owned by beloved actor and avid vintage car racer Rowan Atkinson – it is being sold from his private collection.
The car is scheduled to cross the auction block with Silverstone Auctions on February 25th, it has a target price of £65,000 – £75,000 or approximately $80,500 – $92,900 USD and You can access the list here if you want to read more or register to bid.
Images courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
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