The Lancia Delta Is Returning as an Electric Vehicle

The classic Lancia Delta has been modified into an electric vehicle for racing by GCK Motorsport.
Written by Serena Aburahma
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jan 20, 2022
While
electric vehicles
are the future of the automotive industry, EVs can also help bring back the past. Converting a regular gas-powered car
into an EV
is possible, and it's something many are doing right now in anticipation of the future. 
That's exactly what GCK Motorsport did with the Lancia Delta, a popular car from the ‘90s that's making a return as an electric racing car. 
Is anyone even complaining about bringing the ‘90s back?

A short history of the Lancia Delta

The Lancia Delta made its debut in 1979, and interestingly, this generation of the Delta survived into the early ‘90s. Lancia didn't keep the Delta the same the whole time, however, and Lancia produced a lot of variations of the car.
According to
The Drive
, in the early ‘90s, Lancia introduced a more powerful version of the Delta, which was called the Delta Integrale Evo. This version of the car had a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, and it got about 215 horsepower. 
While that doesn't sound too powerful for a modern car, it was plenty of power for the time. The Lancia Delta was able to compete on racetracks against JDMs like the
Honda Civic Type R

The Lancia Delta was very competitive on the tracks

It didn't take long before folks were modifying the Delta for racing. People started doing this in the mid-’80s, and the results speak for themselves. The Delta HF and Delta HF Integrale trims both dominated races, and that helped boost sales of the car. 
That being said, this winning streak didn't last forever. By the early ‘90s, other automakers were making cars that were as good as the Lancia Delta. And, while Lancia
made other good cars
, Lancia ultimately decided to stop competing in racing around that time.
Soon, the Lancia Delta died, largely thanks to how it performed in terms of sales. Nowadays, Lancia doesn't seem to be working on another Delta, but that hasn't stopped racing fans from making an EV out of the Delta.

How powerful is the Lancia Delta EV?

Per
Motor1
, GCK Motorsport will be competing in the World Rallycross Championship's first EV season with an electric Lancia Delta. That said, this car wasn't actually built with the Delta, it was built using the chassis of the Exclusiv-e. 
Regardless, it still looks like the Delta that racing fans knew and love, but now, with electric power. In fact, it actually has a lot of power, far more than what the Delta used to have.
That's because it now has two electric motors that generate a combined 671 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. That is three times more horsepower than what the Delta got. As a result, it's able to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.8 seconds. 
Not only that, but GCK will also be building a limited run of road-legal versions of this car. It'll have all-wheel drive, but it'll only have 197 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its range will also be a short 124 miles. 

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Converting the beloved Lancia Delta into an EV can be a good way to renew interest in the car, and folks can do something similar with their car insurance. 
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