Exclusive: up close with the Martini racers
As Martini celebrates its 150th anniversary, we got a few of them into the TG studio…
Posted: 02 Aug 2013
Lancia Delta Integrale HF
◦ Group A spec
◦ 332lb ft @ 3500 rpm
◦ Abarth 6-Speed Manual
If Porsche is the first name you think of in conjunction with Martini, then Lancia should be the second. Or it could be the other way round. The Lancia-Martini partnership in rallying lasted continuously for over a decade, from 1982 through to 1992, the livery adorning some of the most iconic Group B and Group A cars to have ever graced a rally stage. The Lancia 037, the Delta S4, and this, the Delta Integrale HF Evo. The latter, although the least ferocious on paper (the hairy-scary group B cars were banned after 1986) was the most successful, bringing home the constructor's championship for six years on the trot from 1987 and the driver's championship in 1987, ‘88, ‘89 and ‘91.