Lancia 037: The development & rally history of a World Champion

Overview

In the late 1970's the problem facing any manufacturer that wanted to continue taking part in the World Rally Championship during the next decade was that the rules were being changed. Not only that but nobody knew until it was almost too late what form those new rules would take. This book takes the reader through the reasons for the new rules and the solutions that all potential contenders would have to consider if they wanted to win rallies at World Championship level. In particular, the subject of the book, ...

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Overview

In the late 1970's the problem facing any manufacturer that wanted to continue taking part in the World Rally Championship during the next decade was that the rules were being changed. Not only that but nobody knew until it was almost too late what form those new rules would take. This book takes the reader through the reasons for the new rules and the solutions that all potential contenders would have to consider if they wanted to win rallies at World Championship level. In particular, the subject of the book, Lancia's Rally, was the car that was developed quickly to deal with the then-dominant Audi Quattro. The reasons it succeeded are featured here along with an in-depth, behind closed-doors, look at the development of the car with the close help and cooperation of it's designer and chief engineer Ing. Sergio Limone. Here you can read how he decided the basic configuration of the car, what the rules would allow and how the project unfolded in total secret at Fiat's various test tracks and centers in and around Turin overlaid with rumor and counter-rumor as the world's motoring press tried to make sense of what little knowledge they could glean of the project's progress. In addition, Ing. Limone's own photographs, from areas never allowed access to the public, tell their own story.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review from Classic & Sports Car, July 2008
UK magazine

Collins should be applauded for doing a pretty thorough job on the enigmatic mid-engined - and blown - Group B winner. It's a narrow subject, but Collins really has covered all of the bases, including loads of fresh interviews with people involved in the project and plenty of photos and illustrations that we had never seen before. It is an engaging read, too, nicely topped and tailed with a (brief) foreword by Walter Rohrl and comprehensive - if eye-aching - appendices of results and chassis numbers. There's even a chapter on buying and owning an 037 (it was homologated after all, so they are out there), but best of all is the input from the car's designer and chief engineer Sergio Limone. Pricey, but worth it: a fitting tribute to a rally great.

New Zealand Classic Car, July 2008

NZ magazine

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Developed by Lancia to replace the astonishing Stratos rally car, the 037 was designed to take on the then dominant Audi Quattro - and it succeeded by winning the 1983 WRC championship for Walter Rörhl and Lancia. With the invaluable assistance of Lancia's then designer and chief engineer, Sergio Limone - who opened his files to the author - Collins is able to unfold the entire story behind Lancia's 037 project. Many of the photographs in the book come from Limone's private collection - many of them never before seen. Along with Limone's valuable contribution, Collins also adds a complete competition history and interviews key personnel, from the drivers to rally team members and engineers. There's even a small Kiwi element - remembering that the Lancia 037s competed, and won, at the 1983 Rally of New Zealand. It would be hard to find a more definitive history of this iconic Italian car.

Fleet Car, October 2008
Irish magazine

Records the development and rally history of a World Champion that was the awesome Group B Lancia Rally Car. In collaboration with the 037's designer and chief engineer Ing. Sergio Limone, Collins brilliantly takes the reader from the initial concept through its development to the full history of its rallying lifetime. This 224-page hardback features 250 stunning and rare action photos. Chassis 301 built in 1983 took part in the Circuit of Ireland in the hands of Pentti Airikkala navigated by our own Ronan Morgan. Irish rally crew Ronnie and Dessie McCarthy owned and competed in one, which they converted to right hand drive.

"... the author's narrative makes a relaxing read - as a friend of the 037's designer and chief engineer, Collins was specifically asked to write this book by the great man himself, so perhaps it is no surprise that the book contains many in-depth insights." – Old Stager
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"What adds to the book's appeal is the mass of excellent photographs presented on high-quality glossy paper. The years of Group B were a fascinating period for rallying. This brings it all back to life." – The Automobile
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"Between the detailed background on the car’s development, its rally race history, driving impressions, and over 340 rare photographs, this book stands as the definitive treatise on the 037 and a must-have for any fan of Lancia or rally history." – Vintage Racecar

Octane, June 2008
UK magazine
Circulation: unknown

The author was asked to write this book by the car's chief designer Sergio Limone, which helps explain the large number of development pictures that Peter Collins has laid his hands on. Of course the rally history of this Group B supercar is fully described and well illustrated too, but it's the coverage of the early, behind-the-scenes story that makes Collins' book definitive. Quotes from drivers such as Walter Rohrl, Miki Biaison and Antonella Mandelli show he's done his research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845840761
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Co-founder and Editor-at-Large of Auto Italia magazine in the UK in 1994, Peter Collins' enthusiasm emanated from Le Mans 1967, as a Ferrari supporter and he has subsequently become intimately involved in the total Italian motoring scene, both with the cars and the people. His first book was on the Lancia Integrale and second on the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. He was honored to be asked to write this book by Ing Sergio Limone, designer and chief engineer of the Lancia 037.

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