Back in the '80s, you could enter just about any kind of purpose-built race car you wanted, so long as you also built some road-legal versions for the public, too. This is what it's like to run one of those homologations specials, the mighty Lancia 037.
It's easy to think of all-wheel-drive barging into the rally scene and dominating the field immediately. It wasn't so simple, as this video shows.
The Lancia Stratos and the Lancia 037 are among the greatest rally cars every designed – one was the first purpose-built rally car, the other was the last rear-drive rally car to ever win a world championship. They are jewels in Italy's motoring crown, and these two were made in New Zealand.
My buddy Jason Harper is starring in a new, one-hour TV show. The show's called Fast Lane. It's about cars and car culture around the world, and it's debuting this week on the Travel Channel. I want you to watch it. Not just for him, but for all of us.