January 29, 2023

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Electric Lancia Delta headed to 2022 World RX Championship

Over the weekend, Swedish driver Johan Kristoffersson overcame a 17-issue deficit to Timmy Hansen to declare his fourth Globe Rallycross (Globe RX) Championship driver’s title. When the Swede traces up for subsequent year’s campaign, which is going all-electric, eyes may not be on him but on a Franco-Italian runner tucked among the the fourteen-car field. Which is mainly because French Globe RX crew GCK Motorsport will be campaigning Lancia Delta Integrale bodywork in subsequent year’s all-electric silhouette sequence. 

Final yr, away from the race keep track of, French enterprise Eco-friendly Corp Konnection (GCK) debuted its Lancia Delta Evo-e, a restomodded Delta Integrale offered a twin-motor AWD electric powertrain transplant. GCK ideas to generate just 44 of them, each individual placing out 197 horsepower and 258 pound-ft of torque, ready to go about 124 miles on a cost and – get this – shifted as a result of a 5-velocity transmission.

As section of the firm’s motorsports activities, it now provided the charging needs for a WRX support sequence this yr, the all-electric RX2e. The headline sequence is going electric in 2022 and turning out to be RX1e, each individual car using a spec electric powertrain delivered by Austrian firm Kreisel, the twin motors placing out a blended 671 horsepower and 649 pound-ft of torque. Atop that chassis, GCK will power the field and carry bodywork mimicking its the do the job of its Exclusive-e division, appended of study course with the angrier fenders and wings every WRX car needs. GCK claims the car will do zero to sixty two miles for every hour in one.8 seconds. We say it really is a disgrace the client model cannot be experienced with the same powertrain. 

The first Delta Integrale swept 8 FIA Globe Rally Championship campaigns in between 1988 and 1992, drivers Juha Kankkunen and Miki Biasion boasting 3 driver’s championships, the car earning 5 manufacturers’ titles. As a single of the mightiest pillars of support and nostalgia for Lancia lovers who have lamented the brand’s 3-ten years decline, over and above the GCK effort and hard work, Automobili Amos designed an ICE Delta restomod in 2018, and the Lancia model ideas a further in about six a long time. 

Before GCK’s motorsport arm traces up for WRX subsequent yr, it will campaign its e-Blast H2 hydrogen gasoline mobile racer in subsequent year’s Dakar Rally.

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