Hey Top Gear, You Forgot The Lancia Delta S4

Delta-S4-Indoor
Wanna see a Lancia Delta S4 (as heard in our previous aural pleasuring session) on an indoor kart track? Of course you do.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iApE9CHHcs[/youtube]
Forget about names and credentials. Looking at the spec sheet alone, the Lancia Delta S4 is perhaps one of the most fantastic cars ever produced. Nearly 600hp from a turbocharged and supercharged 1.8-liter engine mounted in the middle and driving all four wheels of a 2700-lb car? Lunacy. Oh, and they made a road-legal “Stradale” version you could take home too. Some might use the phrase “jaw-dropping” to describe the S4, but I think “laughter-inducing” is more accurate. I know Top Gear failed to mention the S4 on their recent tribute to Lancia, but while not as cool as the Stratos, I think the S4 is the most striking Lancia ever.
 

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  1. Deartháir Avatar
    Deartháir

    Sweet leaping Jeebus, that was a beautiful sound.
    I'm starting to wonder if it's unhealthy, just how much I love the sound of a well-tuned engine.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      Not at all. Huffing the exhaust pipe of said engine might get you into trouble though.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    I think road cars on kart tracks is the hoon's equivalent to meat on a stick.

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      I thought that meat on a stick WAS the hoon's equivalent.
      Also, Jesus, did you hear that turbo? Thats some shits right there.

  3. joshuman Avatar

    The S4 was not designed, it was engineered.

  4. scroggzilla Avatar

    You kids and your Group B rally cars…(shakes cane at the internet). The Lancia that deserved some Top Gear props was the Aurelia. 1st car with a production V6 engine, you know. Fangio owned one. So did Mike Hawthorn.
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2511/3967095300_a0d9262467_o.jpg"&gt;
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    1. Thrashy Avatar

      Also apparently the only production car equipped with lobsters hanging on to the front bumper?

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        Don't forget the number on the door. Heh heh.

        1. Thrashy Avatar

          Clarkson and Hammond thought they we being so edgy with the Arse Biscuits BMW racecar. Hah!

      2. scroggzilla Avatar
        scroggzilla

        Not lobsters……."speed crustaceans"

  5. Alff Avatar

    Watch the headlight pots through the entire video. Are we looking at two different cars? Did someone shunt halfway through filming?

  6. CptSevere Avatar

    These cars are freakin' insane. They sound like a bag of cats being thrown into a washing machine set on Spin.

  7. […] Eh, it needs work. Whatever you want to call it, a similar induction setup to the Lancia Delta S4 has been fitted to another hardcore mid-engined plastic car. The ensemble of blower whine, turbo […]

  8. […] Eh, it needs work. Whatever you want to call it, a similar induction setup to the Lancia Delta S4 has been fitted to another hardcore mid-engined plastic car. The ensemble of blower whine, turbo […]

  9. Brice Marshall Avatar

    I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link

  10. Diego Avatar
    Diego

    have a look at the ECV1 the "never raced" successor
    http://www.speedhunters.com/2013/02/the-triflux/
    this is italian technology superiority….for real and not just pretended

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