Lancia 037: WRC legend reborn as 500hp Kimera Evo37 Car News

Italian motorsport outfit Kimera Automobili has revealed a significantly modernized and greatly improved version of one of the most successful rally cars of all time: the Lancia 037.

The road-approved Evo37 is based on Lancia’s formidable mid-engined World Rally Championship (WRC) contender, remembered as the last rear-wheel drive car to win the top-flight series.

Kimera refers to the Evo37 as “a tribute to these legendary cars from the protagonists of the 80s WRC”.

The project was complemented by contributions from suppliers and engineers who also worked on the original Lancia driver, including engineers Sergio Limone and Vittorio Roberti and two-time WRC champion Miki Biasion.

Like the 037, the Evo37 is based around the midframe section of a Lancia Beta Montecarlo, with new tubular frame sections added to the front and rear.

The chassis has been completely overhauled with new adjustable shock absorbers from Öhlins, modern Brembo performance brakes and Pirelli sport tires.

Kimera has yet to confirm the game’s final curb weight, but claims a power-to-weight ratio of 1hp / 2kg, which suggests he tips the scales at around a ton.

Along with the dynamic upgrades are mechanical upgrades that bring total horsepower to about double that of the original 037 road.

The engine is based on the standard specification block, but with a set of modifications carried out under the supervision of Claudio Lombardi, the famous Italian engineer who oversaw Lancia’s motorsport powertrain program in the 1980s.

Kimera claims powers of 498 hp and 406 lb-ft from the turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which – although performance is not yet detailed – should be enough to take the Evo37 from 0 to 62 mph in about 4 mph. , 0 s and at top speed. hundreds.

The overall design remains largely true to that of the original, but visual tweaks include a new set of rally-style wheels and a subtly updated design for the distinctive quadruple headlamps – now equipped with LEDs.

The hood and rear deck have also been redesigned, while the overhangs at each end have been shortened slightly.

Inside, exposed carbon fiber and Alcantara upholstery took the Evo37 out of the 1980s original, but nods to its rally heritage include a hydraulic handbrake, dashboard analog and four-point racing harnesses.

Kimera will build 37 examples of the restomod car, with prices starting at £ 414,000 and 11 examples already sold.

The car will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in July before deliveries to customers begin in September.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-24 10:10:27