It’s a shame when pioneering companies are left to rot and die. Remember Kodak, Polaroid, and Blockbuster? It happens in the car industry plenty of times— MG, Saab, DeLorean, and Pontiac all come to mind. But perhaps the most tragic of all is Lancia. While still technically around, gone are the days of World Rally…
This brochure here says that this castle is still haunted and an evil orange spirit inhabits it, tormenting the lives of those who visit. I wonder what that means?
We live in a sad world where automakers only care to make new crossovers that look like their existing crossovers and patent convertible concepts for SUVs. But! Every once in a while, something good happens. A new Lancia Stratos is one of those things, until you find out you’ll need a Ferrari and $615,000 to get one.
Every so often in this trash world, we get to wake up to some good news that’s like a ray of sunlight on a gray and stormy day. Today’s breath of fresh air concerns the New Stratos, which apparently has finally been greenlit for production. Update: The New Stratos will still use Ferrari F430 underpinnings.
Lancia, once a rally-dominating carmaker that Top Gear once declared made the most great cars out of its whole lineup, has slowly faded into a sad shell of its former glory. But its old cars are still an enticing, expensive spectacle, such as this 1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 wagon. It has a Ferrari motor, unlike, say, your…
Mother of God, look at this thing. Look at it!
I spent a great deal of last week reading about wonderful, er, liberal interpretations of the rules in motorsports, but by chance I happened upon one of my favorites that I’d completely forgotten about. And it involves parts getting shoved in the trunk.
Automotive technology has come a long, long way since the 1920s, nearly a century ago, but one automotive development from that bygone era has never beens surpassed: the truly surprised-looking car. Lancia pulled it off first, with the perpetually-shocked-looking Lancia Lambda.
Lancia gained true fame in the United States when Top Gear declared it the one maker that had the most truly great cars. And they weren’t wrong – the 037, the Stratos, and the Delta Integrale among the greats. Lancia’s mostly thought of as a dead company, but it still exists. Just barely.
You can keep your fancy touch screen. Give me a bazillion buttons, switches and warning lights, all of which my Lancia Delta will need.
Fire up your Lancia Fulvia, it’s time to start the day!
Get motivated for an all-out assault on your Monday! Beep beep!
Students of history will remember how Porsche came to dominate the legendary Group C era: the Porsche 956/962 was totally reliable and Porsche built a gazillion of them, outlasting all of its faster, more fragile rivals for nearly a decade. The first such car was the turbo Ferrari-powered Lancia LC2, a car too fast to…
The best thing about this car is not that it looks like a 1990s fever dream memory of a 1970s Lancia Stratos. No, it’s that it’s powered by two inline-five cylinder engines joined at a common transmission. This is the 1997 Sbarro Ionos, and I love it and its absurd weirdness.
Autodromo just came out with an updated version of their Group B watch and, like the cars it uses for inspiration, they’ve called it the Evoluzione. Naturally, they got a Group B rally car along for the promo work.
I strongly believe that the Lancia Delta S4 Group B prototype has to be the nastiest, deadliest and most potent automobile ever created by a major car company, mostly because it’s powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine built by crazy people.
The Lancia Delta S4 Stradale, ladies and gentlemen.