Live out all of those Group B homologation car fantasies.
While the Kimera Automobili EVO37 may not be all that new, an entirely new audience is about to get a small taste of what it's all about.
The first US-spec version of the striking Lancia 037 tribute car is nearly as beautiful as the original. It will make its US debut at the upcoming Monterey Car Week where it has several appearances scheduled.
Even if you're only a casual rally fan, the Lancia 037 shouldn't require an introduction. It gained huge notoriety in the early 1980s and is officially the last rear-wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship. It was a perennial thorn in the side of the Audi Sport quattro S1, and Lancia had to use every trick in the book to win the championship in 1983.
The Audi would eventually win the hearts of fans, spawning cars like the current Audi RS3. Lancia is unfortunately a shadow of its former self.
Back in 1982, the Lancia 037 had 200 road-legal versions of the car built to meet the requirements of the FIA Group B rally regulations. It was originally a collaboration between the minds at Pininfarina, Abarth, and Dallara in Italy, so Kimera can't take full responsibility for the classic styling cues.
The Kimera Evo37 surfaced at Goodwood last year, and several European customers have taken delivery. This is the first US delivery, and it belongs to what we can only imagine is one extremely delighted person in California.
Kimera has not revealed the name of the lucky new owner of this blue-on-blue build, which is inspired by the open ocean and classic American racing cars. The body panels are carbon fiber, and the modernized interior has been crafted in blue suede with gold accents. Each build will have a name and number.
This car goes by the name "Edda," named after Edda Dell'Orso, an Italian opera singer. She is number eight of 37. According to Kimera, 30 of the 37 units have already been sold
The turbocharged and supercharged 2.1-liter engine cranks out 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels only, keeping it true to the original drivetrain that eventually prevented Lancia from claiming more than one title.
The lightweight chassis is half space frame/half Lancia Beta Montecarlo and has been fitted with an Ohlins adjustable coil-over suspension and massive Brembo brakes.
Showing Edda to a host of elite buyers at The Quail on Friday, hot laps at Laguna Seca on Saturday, and then a final appearance at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday will likely help sell those last seven cars.
The next build is called "Victoria," and she will be delivered to a fortunate Swiss buyer who will show the car at the end of the month at an event in St. Moritz, Switzerland.