GCK Motorsport is preparing an entry for the 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship season, and it will look a lot like an old WRC favorite
Almost 30 years after the Lancia withdrew its hugely successful machine from the Group A Delta World Rally Championship, the name and car will make an unlikely return to premium competition. But not in an official capacity – what you’re looking at here is from a French team called GCK Motorsport.
Having already made a restored electric ‘Lancia Delta Evo-e’ version of Lancia’s famous all-wheel drive Delta Integrale sedan, GCK clearly thought it would be rude not to build a version for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. From 2022, the series will be electric only.
GCK, who recently competed in the World RX with a Renault Clio RS, pulled out of this year’s championship to develop the car. According to regulations, it will produce around 680 hp and 650 lb-ft of delivered torque instantly, resulting in a 0-62 mph time in under two seconds.
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The thrust comes from an Austrian-made “Kreisel” powertrain with an output of 52.65 kWh and one motor for each axle. Based on the sounds these items will be incorporated into an original Lancia Delta chassis, although we cannot imagine that much of the original car will remain.
The power that goes into the battery and cells of all of GCK’s competitors should be long lasting. Its subsidiary GCK Energy will supply the entire network using tailor-made charging “containers”. These derive their energy from solar energy and other renewable sources. As a proof of concept, GCK Energy used this method to maintain the RX2e support series throughout the 2021 season.
GCK President Guerlain Chicherit said this about his new all-electric baby:
“I am very happy that GCK is returning to the FIA World Rallycross Championship under its new electric banner. The racing format lends itself perfectly to delivering one of the most thrilling sporting shows with electric cars to date, and we chose the Lancia Delta Integrale because it’s a vehicle we’ve all dreamed of. It is the quintessential rally car – arguably the most incredible of its time – and one which remains very popular to this day.