Italian car startup Kimera Automobili has unveiled the Evo37 restmod, which is a reimagining of the Lancia 037 rally coupe from the first half of the 80s.
The Lancia 037 coupe was the first car designed specifically for the rally group B. The Lancia Martini team drove this car in the World Rally Championship for five seasons, from 1982 to 1986. The Italian team have won six WRC stage victories and one manufacturer’s championship title.
The businessman, rally driver and sports manager Luca Betti decided to revive the legendary coupe. The Italian assembled a team of specialists who were engaged in the development of the original Lancia 037 back in the distant 80s. It is noteworthy that the upcoming Kimera Evo37 restmod will not be just a visual imitation of the legendary Lancia 037. The creators of the project finalized the design of the 80s, as if they were really designing a new evolution of Lancia – something like the never-existed Lancia 037 Evo 4.
The original sports car was built on the basis of the serial Lancia Beta Monte Carlo coupe. The central part of the body was taken from the standard car, to which the original tubular subframes with double wishbones were welded front and rear. On the Kimera Evo37, the subframes are interconnected to create a complete space frame. The body was reduced to a minimum and only a few elements remained from it – the floor, door openings, the windshield frame, a fragment of the roof.
The power plant will be a 232 AR4 four-cylinder engine with a cast iron block, a 16-valve Abarth head and a Volumex compressor, which is based on the legendary Fiat Twin Cam engine. The displacement of the engine was increased to 2.2 liters and it was equipped with an unusual supercharging system with a turbine and a volumetric supercharger. The Italtecnica workshop is responsible for the manufacture and assembly of the power unit. The exact specifications have not been reported, but the power is expected to exceed 500 hp and the torque will be around 550 Nm of torque. The transmission will be the Graziano L140 gearbox from Lamborghini Gallardo.
A total of 37 copies of the revived coupe will be produced and 11 cars have already been ordered.