Rejoice! The Lancia Delta Is Going Rallying Again

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But not as you remember it.

The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of the most legendary rally cars and hot hatchbacks of the 1990s. Last month, we rejoiced when Lancia announced the Delta is making a comeback in 2026 to take on the Volkswagen Golf R, but restomod companies have already been bringing the Delta back from the dead.

One such company is GCK Motorsport owned by Dakar and World Rallycross driver Guerlain Chicherit, which recently unveiled the all-electric Delta Evo-e restomod, combining the original Delta's boxy styling with modern EV technology. only 47 Delta Evo-es are planned for production along with 11 Rallye editions sporting the iconic Martini livery. Now, GCK Motorsport has announced the Lancia Delta Evo-e is returning to the original car's natural habitat.

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Specifically, GCK will enter a rallycross version of the Delta Evo-e in next year's inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship, where it will race against 13 competitors.

"It is pleasing to see our vision for the electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship coming to fruition with the confirmation of a field of 14 entries for the inaugural electric season," said Jean Todt, President of the FIA. "Electric mobility is assuming increasing importance and World RX is the perfect stage to showcase the performance capabilities of electric road cars in an FIA World Championship environment."

Replacing the original Delta's turbocharged inline-four are two electric motors generating a combined 680 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. With all-wheel-drive and semi-slick tires, the Delta Evo-e will sprint accelerate from 0-60 mph in a neck-snapping 1.8 seconds, making it even faster than a Formula One car and 0.5 seconds faster than a Rimac Nevera. We can't wait to see it in action next year.

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"I'm super excited for us to be returning to the FIA World Rallycross Championship under its new electric banner. The race format suits itself to deliver one of the most exciting racing spectacles in electric cars launched so far," said Guerlain Chicherit, owner of GCK Motorsport.

"It'll be a busy year for GCK Motorsport, with our commitment to not only WRX but also the FIA Cross-Country World Championship, which the Dakar Rally will be the pinnacle of. A return to racing cross-country after so many years will be tough but I'm ready and looking forward to taking on this challenge with my team. Motorsport is going through a significant change at the moment with the impact felt across industries - playing our part in developing some of this change is what has us all motivated every day."

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