The Lancia 037 is undoubtedly one of the most legendary rally cars ever produced — the fierce Group B racer took Lancia to the constructors’ title in the 1983 World Rally Championship. Kimera Automobili has just unveiled a restomod called the EVO37, paying tribute to the original racing icon.
Like the Lancia 037, the Kimera EVO37 uses a Lancia Montecarlo donor car as the basis of the chassis and uses a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive setup. At the heart of the rally car is the 2.1-litre 4-cylinder engine, built by Italtecnica just as the original was. The new engine has been redesigned under the supervision of engineer Claudio Lombardi — the same person who was responsible for the mechanics of the Lancia 037. With a modern supercharger, turbocharger, and other modifications, the new engine is able to push 505 hp and 550 Nm, compared to the 325 hp and 333 Nm of the most powerful Lancia 037 back in the 80s.
The body design of the EVO37 mainly stays true to the original, keeping the essentials such as the fender flares and the four circular headlights — now using LEDs. The overall silhouette has been gracefully smoothed to give the car a more modern look. The materials have been given an upgrade too, with a carbon fibre body instead of fibreglass, plus the incorporation of other sturdy, lightweight elements including kevlar, titanium, and aluminium throughout the construction.
With a production run of just 37 examples, each EVO37 is priced at 480,000 euros. Kimera will officially debut the exciting nre machine at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.