Fiat Chrysler may have crushed our hopes for a Lancia comeback, but that doesn't change how we feel about the company that scored more significant motorsport victories than there are letters in the Greek alphabet. Italian millionaire Eugenio Amos might be the biggest Lancia fan among us, taking on the challenge of bringing the brand's most successful rally car into the 21st century. The result is the Automobili Amos Futurista, a wild resto-modded Delta Integrale.
Think of what Singer is doing for the Porsche 911, and you'll get a pretty good idea of Automobili Amos's goals for the Delta Integrale.
Amos explained what he's trying to achieve in :
"The question I yet have to hear is 'Why, Eugenio?' Nobody has asked for an explanation so far. And I really don’t get it! In the end the numbers really mean nothing in this context. Because I’m talking about passion and nostalgia and euphoria and these feelings are not measured in numbers. So, why?
Well, this car means a lot to me. It represents my romantic vision in a world that is too aseptic, too fast, that runs like the wind, superficial and intangible. This car means that I had enough of the car world, both as a client before and as a manufacturer now.
I long for a bygone, idealized time when men, values and substance were at the core of the product. Therefore this car is pure, analogic, raw and essential. It took a ton of work from some very talented people but we managed to cut away all the fat and leave only what really matters to me.
I chose the Delta because it’s the car that made me fall in love with cars in the first place. I was 7 years old. My father had a beautiful Giallo Ginestra. I don’t know why but it made me feel special. Those memories are made of smells, of that soft Alcantara touch, of confused noises.
This is what I always look for in a car. This is what I can offer. I can only offer what I like, even if it’s an end in itself, apparently useless."
Automobili Amos plans to carry out these Delta Integrale modifications for 15 cars, at a price of around $350,000 (€300,000). Thanks to lots of carbon fiber and aluminum, it weighs 2755 lbs—not too much for its 330 horsepower to move. Notably, it also sheds its rear doors, while the interior was inspired by the road-going Group B Delta S4.
Three-hundred fifty thousand dollars might be a lot of money, but in a world where the Bugatti Divo costs $5.8 million, maybe it's not a bad deal.