Building the controversial Lancia Delta Futurista

You'll recognise this car from sensationalist headlines, but is there more to this 330bhp Lancia Delta restomod? Motor1 Italia visited Automobili Amos' headquarters to find out

The Lancia Delta Intergrale based Automobili Amos Futurista has caused quite a bit of controversy since its reveal last month. On the one hand these ‘reborn’ Deltas bring this Group B icon bang up to date to compete with today’s modern machinery. Others cry sacrilege as each example uses a genuine Integrale chassis as its base.

Regardless of the split, all 20 examples are already spoken for, suggesting that there is a hunger for a £270,000 restomod Lancia. Motor1 Italia went behind the scenes of the build process to find out the true motivations for building this beast.

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Eugenio Amos clearly has a lot of passion for his work and the Lancia brand. His desire is to see Lancia once again talked about as a performance icon. His young team of designers and engineers never had the opportunity to appreciate cars such as the Delta Integrale in its heyday, that’s what this is, a rebirth for a new generation.

Watching other restomodding programs from other companies – including a visit to legendary Porsche restorer Singer's headquarters in Los Angeles – sparked a desire to do things the Italian way. An Italian design based on an Italian car, built in Italy. While Amos understands peoples hesitation when it comes to modifying such an iconic classic, he has selected Integrale 16v chassis as his base, sparing the ultra rare Evolution and Evolution II as they "need to be preserved". Even then, the chosen 16v cars are in need of restoration – especially given the notorious body panel rot which blighted so many examples.

Modifications begin with much more rust resistant aluminium bodywork that is hand-beaten. This widens the car’s profile to give it that menacing rally stance. Material technology has come a long way since the Delta was new, so the extensive use of carbon fibre reduces the car’s overall weight by 90kg. Inside, the interior has been reupholstered, but purposely retains that old-school look of the 1980s.

The original engine is overhauled and modified with a new exhaust system, added cooling, and a new air intake. Power is boosted to 330bhp, more than most hot hatchbacks today, but the transmission and differentials have needed reinforcing to deal with the added performance.

A neat detail is an abstract elephant badge that represents strength as an elephant isn’t afraid to fight those who prey upon it. Its retro alloys look the part, for good reason – Automobili Amos creates them from scratch and has inclined the spokes to create a vortex at speed that helps cool the brakes.

There’s also a rally-style gear selector display and shift indicators activated by a red button marked with a rocket, giving the driver an inkling of what lies inside the engine bay in front of them.

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