Someone Already Makes a Lancia Delta Integrale EV…Restomod
Rally and hot hatch fans got some great news recently when Lancia announced that it was resurrecting the beloved Delta. And because Lancia, like the rest of the automotive world, is going electric, the reborn car will be an EV. However, if you want an electric Delta Integrale right now, there is one available. It’s not brand-new per se, but GCK’s Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-e is an electrified, restomodded classic.
French rallycross firm GCK gives the OG Lancia Delta Integrale a new electric heart
|Spec||Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-e||1992-1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione I and II|
|Engine/motor||Front-mounted electric motor||Front-mounted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder|
|Power||197 hp||Evoluzione I: 210 hp|
Evoluzione II: 215 hp
|Torque||258 lb-ft||Evoluzione I: 220 lb-ft|
Evoluzione II: 232 lb-ft
|Transmission||Five-speed manual||Five-speed manual|
|Nominal battery capacity||30 kWh||N/A|
|Curb weight||3129 lbs (based on power-to-weight ratio)||2954 lbs (MotorTrend)|
|0-62 mph time||6.6 seconds||5.7 seconds (MotorTrend)|
Green Corp Konnection has always focused on sustainable energy. Founded in 2017 by former World Rallycross champion Guerlain Chicherit, GCK soon left its mark through its extensive use of solar power. Remember, this is several years before WRC started pursuing hybridization.
GCK Motorsport still competes in World RX with sustainably-powered EVs, but it’s now the core of several additional businesses. GCK also has an e-mobility, mobile energy, and sustainable building business called GCK Energy. And it runs a racing circuit via sustainable energy. Plus, it recently launched a restomod service, Exclusiv-e, that converts classic cars into EVs. The Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-E is its first product.
As part of the restomod process, GCK removes the donor Lancia Delta Integrale’s internal combustion powertrain. However, the converted EV retains its original five-speed manual, though GCK reinforces and refurbishes it. And for better acceleration, the Lancia Delta Integrale restomod also gets a new axle ratio. It’s slower on paper than the original car, though, likely due to its battery pack. Incidentally, that pack is good for a claimed 124-mile range.
But the five-speed manual isn’t the only original component the Delta Integrale Evo-e retains. The electric hot hatch keeps its standard three-differential AWD system, including its Torsen rear limited-slip diff. However, to make sure the AWD system keeps up with the electric motor’s performance, GCK reinforces the center differential, Top Gear says.
With that rallycross touch, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-e is even more ready to race
The Exclusiv-e restomod process doesn’t stop there, though. Chicherit, together with business partner Eric Boudot, improved every facet of the original Lancia Delta Integrale in making the Evo-e. And that’s not just marketing speak: Didier Auriol, 1994 WRC champion and original Delta Integrale racer, “’can now guarantee that [the Evo-e’s] driving sensations are exceptional,’” DirtFish reports.
Before installing the EV powertrain, GCK strips the donor Lancia Delta Integrale down to the bare chassis. The firm then reinforces it via additional welding and adds modern rust protection. It also refurbishes the subframes, suspension, lighting, wiring harnesses, and braking system. The entire suspension system gets additional reinforcements and optional racing-spec geometry adjustability options. Plus, GCK widens the front and rear track.
Speaking of brakes, the Delta Integrale Evo-e has ABS, something the original Lancia hot hatch lacked. Plus, customers can opt for bigger slotted and ventilated front discs with six-piston calipers instead of single-piston ones. Slotted rear discs are standard either way, though, as are upgraded hoses and high-temperature brake fluid.
In addition to the refurbished parts, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-e’s hood gets new carbon-fiber air vents. The new bumpers, rear spoiler, front splitter, and side skirts are also made out of carbon fiber. Plus, GCK adds new alloy wheels and Michelin tires.
GCK improves the Delta Integrale’s interior, too. The hot hatch gets new Recaro front seats and an Alcantara-covered rear seat with built-in headrests. The entire interior is upholstered in Alcantara, though the carpets are wool. Besides the new upholstery, the Lancia Delta restomod has a Momo steering wheel, upgraded heating system, defrosting windshield, and new seatbelts. Plus, the Delta Integrale Evo-e gets a modern Alpine touchscreen infotainment system. So, it has GPS, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, and a Blam Audio speaker system.
How much does this restomodded electric Integrale cost?
As of this writing, GCK hasn’t revealed official pricing details for the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo-E. But it’s likely not far off of Automobili Amos’s Delta Futurista restomod, which costs roughly $350K, Top Gear reports. And that’s before options.
If you want one, though, you’ll have to act fast. GCK is only making 36 Evo-e cars, as well as 11 Evo-e Rallye models. The Rallye cars are liveried like the iconic white-red-and-blue Martini-sponsored racers. In addition, they get carbon-fiber Sparco SPX sport seats, a unique Alcantara-upholstered rear seat, and a short shifter with a carbon-fiber mounting plate. Also, if you buy one of these cars, Didier Auriol will personally hand over the keys.
Still, based on how well the original Lancia Delta Integrale drives, GCK’s upgraded EV restomod might be worth the price of entry.
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