Kimera Automobili EVO37, the return of the iconic Lancia 037

Kimera Automobili EVO37, the return of the iconic Lancia 037

Kimera Automobili EVO37

Certainly, the future projects of the Lancia car manufacturer are aimed at the electrification sector and - therefore - at the production of new car models. In the meantime, it would seem that one of the icons born during the early 80s has been "brought back to life", but - obviously - characterized by higher quality and performance. This is the Kimera Automobili EVO37, created to pay homage to the extraordinary Lancia Rally 037. The project was conceived with an eye to the technical aspect. In fact, the vehicle can be easily compared to the most innovative supercars "bringing it to the maximum possible performance development, as if the car of the time had been conceived today, with the knowledge and technologies of our days", this is what is stated in the note official.

As regards the aesthetic aspect, the vehicle was designed by Luca Betti, later developed by some stylists. However, looking at the vehicle images, the restomod is hardly noticeable. In fact, the lines that draw the EVO37 seem to be almost the same as the iconic car that became famous during the 1980s. Only a few elements - such as the LED headlights, the design of the rear-view mirrors and the grille - emphasize the differences more. The materials are also different: while fiberglass was used in the nostalgic coupé to make the bodywork, carbon fiber was used for the new car - which bears the signature of Kimera Automobili.

Great names such as Franco Innocenti, Claudio Lombardi and Sergio Limone, Vittorio Roberti and Miki Biasion were involved in fine-tuning the mechanical part. The structure of the EVO37 is the same as the Lancia 037, therefore you are based on a tubular structure but the roll-bar has been totally built from scratch. The vehicle is equipped with a 2.1-liter engine and is capable of delivering an output of 505 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Obviously, the EVO37 will be produced in a limited series and only 37 will be made. The base cost will be 480,000 euros and should debut during the next Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Kimera Automobili EVO37 set loose as tribute to Lancia 037

Racing team and Italian engineering firm Kimera Automobili has revealed a restomod version of the iconic Group B rallying Lancia 037.

It joins cars like the David Brown Automotive Mini Remastered and the GTO Engineering Squalo in the rapidly expanding restomod sector, and will be officially unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It’s powered by a heavily re-engineered version of the 2.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the original 037. But, where the rally car produced around 270bhp and 300Nm of torque, the Kimera EVO37 has 498bhp and 550Nm. 

The unit shares the same dry sump block as the 037 rally car, but every other component in the engine has been changed. To reach the new power output the engine has been twin-charged. There’s a roots-type supercharger, like the original rally car, as well as a turbocharger, which is bolted to a bespoke stainless steel manifold.

There’s no fancy double-clutch gearbox here, either. Buyers change gears manually through a six-speed gearbox with a heavy-duty twin-plate clutch. Kimera has fitted a rev-matching system, which blips the throttle on both upshifts and downshifts.

To support all that extra power, Kimera Automobili has overhauled the 037’s chassis, fitting adjustable Ohlins dampers, wider wheels and tyres and upgraded four-piston Brembo brakes, which can be specified with either traditional steel or carbon ceramic discs. 

Like the original car, the centre of the chassis has been sourced from a Lancia Beta Montecarlo, although Kimera has fitted new tubular subframes to the front and rear, as well as a stronger roll bar to brace the cabin. The steering arms and hubs have been built to the same specs as those on the Lancia Delta S4.

Kimera Automobili has also made a few sympathetic body modifications, in the style of the 037 rally car, some of which have been designed with the help of bang-up-to-date manufacturing techniques such as 3D scanning and CAD.

The EVO37 shares the same flared wheel arches and low splitter as the rally car, while a stylised version of the racer’s rear wing is fixed to the engine cover. The front and rear overhangs have been slashed, too, while the car’s original halogen headlamps have been swapped for brand new LED units.

Inside there’s a new hydraulic handbrake, a fresh carbon fibre dashboard, some new Delta S4 seats and four-point racing harnesses. All the gauges have been kept analogue, although they have been rebuilt with modern internals.

Kimera sought the approval of the Lancia 037’s original engineering team before embarking on any modifications. Once they were onboard, the same engineers oversaw the project from start to finish.

Sergio Limone, who led the development of the Lancia 037 back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, signed off the car’s updated chassis configuration and revised styling. Claudio Lombardi, who used to design engines for Lancia back when the 037 was racing, also gave approval for Kimera’s engine updates.

The first examples will be completed by September. Production is limited to just 37 units, with each costing €480,000 (around £414,000).

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