The want is strong.
After a two-year wait, Automobili Amos has finally produced the first of ten Safaristas.
Since it has been a while, you may need a reminder. The Safarista is a Lancia Delta Integrale restomod, originally introduced a little over two years ago with an expected retail price of half a million dollars. As mentioned, only 10 will be made, which makes this restomod relatively affordable in the world of ultra-limited high-performance vehicles.
Founded in 2016, Automobili Amos was created by Eugenio Amos and Carlo Borromeo as a Singer-like company. Basically, it wants to be to Lancia what Singer is to the Porsche 911.
The company introduced the Futurista as the initial driving force behind that vision, creating a modern road-going interpretation of the 80s icon limited to 20 units. This time around, the company is going off-road with its build.
With the phrase "functionality and durability over aesthetics" ringing through their minds while diving into this project, the company employed the racing expertise of Podium Advanced Technology and the design vision at BorromeoDeSilva to create a restomod that would put companies like Manhart to shame. Almost everything on the vehicle is new, tearing it down to the chassis and then building it back up to great something that wouldn't blink an eye at even the world's most difficult WRC stages.
The car's shape has been completely revised to accommodate some serious racing components. Gone are the rear doors, as the body now features an aggressive three-door layout with unique front and rear bumpers, widened fenders, and a sweet new wing as the cherry on top.
The car now sits on an adjustable Reiger suspension and features Brembo brakes at all four corners. Black EvoCorse Olympiacorse wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires give it a very rugged stance, and they're certainly helped by the absolutely massive mud flaps as well.
The inside is then properly bare bones, created for the sole purpose of getting the most out of the vehicle. A two-seat configuration with Sabelt carbon bucket seats, five-point harnesses, a rear carbon tub, a fire extinguisher system, and a full roll cage replaces the car's previous four-seat layout. Additionally, adjustable Tilton pedals, a button box, a Motec dashboard, Lexan windows, a hydraulic handbrake, and the 3MO five-speed sequential shifter give you a proper racing setup.
All of this is necessary to get the most out of the car's new engine setup. It utilizes the original car's two-liter four-cylinder 16-valve engine with serious upgrades that include a Motec ECU with three custom maps and an anti-lag system. The original engine produced a respectable 197 hp at the time, but thanks to these upgrades and more the Safarista pushes out a blistering 395 hp.
It's a proper rally build front to back and not for the faint of heart. It's also not for the light of wallet, as all of these changes are almost comically expensive with the Safarista coming in at 570,000 euros ($607,000 at the current exchange rate.) This doesn't include the cost of the donor car either, which should set you back another $40,000 for a good-condition model. A hefty sum, but if you want to play in the big leagues you have to act like them, and we have no doubt all ten units have already sold.