"The Lancia ECV was probably the most extreme expression of the Group B Ethos. 600 HP. Carbon-Fibre and Kevlar bodied. Completely uncompromised. Deadly. But just look at it. When a little kid dreams of a rally car, this is the image "
Lancia ECV – Concept Car
Lancia’s ECV (Experimental Composite Vehicle) was a prototype Group S rally car that was supposed to replace the Lancia Delta S4 in WRC’s 1988 season. Sadly, and as we often lament, Group B as well as Group S cars were banned from competition by the FIA in late 1986.
The ECV, therefore, never mudded its strangely plasticky panels.
Shame, because this boxy, short wheelbased beast had been projected to produce 600 horsepower from its innovative 1.8 Twin Turbo ‘triflux’ engine. The Kevlar and Carbon fibre construction would probably have made it a serious lightweight contender.
Despite the lack of credentials Carlo Gaino of Synthesis design created a second generation of the ECV (in white).
IF ONLY Group B performance was allowed to be brought back into the WRC arena!
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