Kimera Automobili EVO37 restarts the Lancia 037 Group B rally car


An Italian company is restarting the legendary Lancia 037 Group B rally car. The Kimera Automobili EVO37 has made the rounds this year, including an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in July, and is expected to begin shipping as you read this.

The EVO37 is the idea of ​​the former European rally champion Luca Betti, who wanted to build a homage to the 037. Lancia’s preferred rally weapon in the early 1980s, it was the last two-wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship (WRC), defeating the all-wheel drive Audi Quattro in 1983.

Like the original, the EVO37 starts as a tubular frame chassis loosely based on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo (sold as Scorpion in the US to avoid collisions with the Chevy Monte Carlo). Betti also hired some of the engineers who worked on the original 037, including engine developer Claudio Lombardi.

The engine itself is a 2.0 liter in-line 4 like the original. Instead of the standard compressor, however, the new engine uses a turbocharger and an electric compressor. Power increases from the stock 205 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque to 505 hp and 406 lb-ft. The longitudinally built-in mid-engine transfers its power to the rear wheels via manual or sequential gears.

Prices start at 480,000 euros (approx. 567,000 US dollars at current exchange rates) and production will be limited to 37 cars.

We wonder how many of these 37 customers have already parked a Lancia Delta Futurista and New Stratos in their garages. The original 037 was the evolutionary step between the Lancia Stratos and Delta Integrale rally cars.

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