We didn’t have this one on our 2021 bingo card, but a French motorsports outfit known as GCK Motorsport is preparing to take on the FIA World Rallycross Championship with an electrified version of
the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo
. Yes, a chassis that was last competitive in the early 1990s will form the basis of a modern—and, as the team hopes, competitive—rallycross car. It’s an unconventional but extremely cool approach.
From what we can gather, it’s no silhouette racer, either. GCK describes it as a retrofit of a Delta Integrale using its Exclusiv-e retrofit package, so it seems that a donor Evo must disgorge its internal combustion engine and go electric. The EV powertrain is provided by Kriesel Electric (which supplies all the powertrains for the class), and is claimed to produce 671 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque.
GCK has a history of fielding various Renault models in past Rallycross championships, and also supplies power to the FIA RX2e championship and the newly all-electric Rallycross Championship for 2022 (following up on the Projekt E support series, too). Other entrants are based on the things you’d expect—Euro hatchbacks from Skoda, Ford, and the like—but given its absolutely legendary Lancia basis, the GCK will likely be a fan favorite.
Will it be competitive? That remains to be seen. But perhaps the nascent EV motorsports universe will allow for some creative repurposing of racing icons like this. And we’re all for it.
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