The second Group B Rally car to join my collection.
This is Henri Toivonen and Neil Wilson’s Lancia Delta S4 which competed in the 1985 RAC Rally of Great Britain.
Took a saw to the apple tree in the garden to provide a fallen tree trunk as part of the diorama. This is the first set of model shots I’ve actually taken outside, saying as we had some nice sun today.
Without doubt the most advanced car to ever take to the worlds rally stages, the Lancia Delta S4 was the pinnacle achievement of the short lived Group B class of the World Rally Championship.
With a mid-mounted engine that was both supercharged and turbocharged, the Lancia Delta S4 that competed in the WRC produced about 560bhp.
The car is stated to be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in just a fraction over 2 seconds… and that was on loose gravel!
This supreme performance came with a heavy price, with the Lancia Delta S4 being an incredibly difficult car to drive.
It is said that only one driver came close to mastering this beast of a car. Henri Toivonen.
Unfortunately, it still killed him and his co-driver, Sergio Cresto, in the 1986 Tour de Corse Rally.
Their Lancia Delta S4 plunged into a ravine and the traditional fuel tanks, located directly under their seats, burst into flames.
The car and its occupants was completely incinerated.
Just about the only thing that remained was the tubular space frame.
First, let’s set the mood
There we go. Damn, graphics have come a long way in the past 17 years (!)
Now that the display diorama is complete, I brought these two together for some nice, and rather more detailed, nostalgia.
All that’s missing now is the Alitalia liveried Lancia Stratos that was exclusive to the home version of the game.
The second of the classic Sega Rally trio. :)
One of the most successful cars to ever compete in the World Rally Championship, the Lancia Delta won the constructors championship six times in a row, from 1987 to 1992, a record that stands to this day.
It also won the drivers championship four times, in 87, 88, 89 and 91.
In Sega Rally, the Lancia Delta was slower than the Toyota Celica, but easier to handle.
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) - Lancia Delta S4 Group B Rally Car, blasting through the Follow-through on the Top Gear Test Track.
The pinnacle of the Group B era of the World Rally Championship. The Delta S4 was Supercharged and Turbocharged. This car was simply too powerful and fast to handle. After a double fatality crash, one of several involving just about all of the Group B cars, the series was banned by the FIA on safety grounds. The far less powerful and advanced Group A cars would become the norm.