To celebrate Pirelli’s 150th anniversary and the 39th anniversary of the Lancia 037’s victory in the Monte Carlo Rally, the tire manufacturer sent a Kimera EVO37 Tribute in a special livery to a special stage at the famous Monegasque event this year.
Piloted by Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Formula One and Auto Racing, with former WRC World Champion Petter Solberg as co-driver, a new video from DirtFish shows what it was like inside the cockpit while driving the car.
Powered by a 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine, the Kimera EVO37 Tribute is both turbocharged and supercharged, pumping out more than 500 hp (507 hp/373 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox, in deference to the original 037’s legacy as the last RWD car to ever win the World Rally Championship.
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With carbon fiber body panels (instead of the original car’s fiberglass) and lots of modern technology, the Kimera tips the scales at just 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs), meaning it can really rip.
For Isola, the experience was nerve-wracking. Not only because the car was painted to celebrate his employer, but also because Petter Solberg can be a very harsh critic, he said at the start of the event.
Although Isola doesn’t quite go ten-tenths, as we saw in another DirtFish video filmed at the Monte Carlo Rally, he goes hard enough to cause Solberg to slide around in his seat and occasionally kick the rear end out too leave.
“We had a lot of fun,” Isola said after the event. “At least I had a lot of fun, we should ask him [Solberg] if it was the same It’s so good to have Petter as a co-driver, the paces have been fantastic and I’m very lucky to have had that experience.”
Even Solberg said it was fun and praised the car for its grip. If you want to find out how much grip the Kimera EVO37 Tribute has and freak your passengers out a little, you better be prepared to spend some money: the company will only produce 37 examples and they will cost 480,000 euros ($535,264 at current prices). exchange rates).