Almost a year after the project was first announced, the all-electric GCK Lancia Delta rallycross car has been revealed!
Back in the latter stages of 2021, French off-road aces GCK Motorsport teased us with some renders of their latest project – an all-electric Lancia Delta Integrale destined for the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Well, they’ve kept us waiting a while, but at last the car has finally been shown off in the flesh. The Lancia Delta Evo-e RX, to give it its full title, has today made its public debut ahead of the weekend’s World Rallycross Championship finale. Hosted at the legendary Nürburgring circuit in Germany, the 2022 World RX season finale will mark the GCK Lancia’s competitive debut ahead of (hopefully) a full campaign next year.
We’re glad to report that GCK has stayed true to the Delta Evo’s original design cues, enhancing it with a few aggressive touches rather than trying to reinvent it entirely. Underneath the retro bodywork, however, the car’s inner workings are cutting edge.
Its tubular chassis took more than 1200 hours to build at GCK’s design centre in Issoire, France, while propulsion comes from a pair of Kreisel Electric motors. Naturally, it’s based on an all-wheel drive platform, and with 680hp at its disposal it’ll go from 0-62mph in just 1.8 seconds!
Guerlain Chicherit – the boss of GCK Motorsport – is set to get behind the wheel of it at the Nürburgring this weekend, fresh off the back of victory at the Rallye du Maroc in early October (driving a rugged Prodrive Hunter).
Anyway, other than the fact that it’s cool, what’s the reasoning behind entering an ’80s icon into a modern-day professional motorsport championship? Well, the answer lies in one of Chicherit’s other businesses – retrofitted powertrains. As we speak, a roadgoing version of the Lancia Delta Evo-e is undergoing homologation, and what better stage to show off his new product than the FIA World arena?
Prefer your Deltas to have a combustion engine up front? Check out this modified Manhart Integrale next!