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Delta S4

The Lancia Delta S4 was arguably the greatest interpretation of the Group B rules. When Audi introduced the Quattro Lancia knew the 037 would soon become obsolite. From this point it was clear that the next car would have to include a 4WD system. This is exactly what Lancia did when the long journey to build the S4 started. After some delays the car was introduced in 1985 with its first World Championship appearance being the 1985 RAC Rally. Lancia set out with two cars for Markku Alen (chassis 207) and Henri Toivonen (chassis 202) and immediately showed the great pace of the new car. Henri Toivonen went on to win the event with Markku Alen in second place. The most famous aspect of the S4 is its unique 1,759 cc Turbocharged and Supercharged engine with a maximum of 2bar of boost developing near 600bhp. This paired with a 980kg weight gave the car fast acceleration and a nimble handling. The success followed on from the RAC to the 1986 season with Toivonen winning the 1986 Rally Monte Carlo despite being involved in a collision between stages which required work to be carried out at the road side by the Lancia/Abarth mechanics. However 1986 was to be a tough year for the Turin team. At the Tour De Corse Rally, Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto were killed in an accident while leading the rally. The Lancia team continued on with the rest of the season and after many tough rallies, Markku Alen was crowned Champion. However it was not to be as after the Sanremo Rally, the points were dropped after the Peugeots were excluded for having illegal sideskirts. Markku Alen and Lancia lost the world championship only 12 days after they were crowned champions. The Delta S4 remains one of the greatest cars ever to be seen on the World Rally Championship.

Chassis 201 TO 73077E was the sixth prototype car built by Abarth and was used for the official debut with Markku Alen at the 1985 1000 Pistes Rally and the Rally Colline Di Romagna. The car ran in prototype form at these two debut races carrying the number plate TO 2664. After homologation had been granted the car was used by Alen again but as a backup car at the Memorial Bettega and the Swedish Rally.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 202 TO 77889E was the first of the twenty evoluzione chassis that was used by Henri Toivonen on the World Championship debut at the 1985 RAC Rally to which he won. The car was then used as a backup car by Toivonen at Montecarlo, Sweden and Costa Smeralda. After its time in the World Championship the car was used by Roberto Rosselli in Slaloms.

 

Location - Currently for sale in Germany as of 2017 

Chassis 203 TO 77891E was one of the cars built for Fabrizio Tabaton of the Grifone Esso team for the 1986 season. Tabaton used the car at Sanremo, Maderia, Elba, Targa Florio and the Principe De Asturias. The car was also used for the Italian TV series La Voglia Di Vincere. The car was then purchased by Augusto Cesari who raced the car in autocross and slaloms. He won the 1988 European Autocross Championship and raced at the 1990 Chamonix 24 Hour Race with Chateaux.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 204 TO 77890E Was built for Henri Toivonen to use for the 1986 championship. Toivonen used the car to win the Costa Smeralda Rally and compete at the Swedish and Portuguese rounds of the World Championship. The car was then put back into use in the hands of Mikael Ericsson at the Acropolis Rally and then the Argentinian master Jorge Recalde for his home event. The car was then used as a backup car for Markku Alen.  In 1991 the car won the European Autocross Championship with Giancarlo Stecca at the wheel.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 205 TO 81694E Competed in the 1985 Algarve Rally with Markku Alen in a Martini Livery. This event proved to be the only competitive outing for the car as throughout 1986 it was used as a test car until the 1000 Lakes rally when it was used for a pre event test. The car was also used as Kalle Grundel's backup car for the rally. The car was often found being used for development purposes in the Fiat Wind Tunnel.

 

Location - UK

Chassis 206 TO 76794E was used by Markku Alen at the Tour De Corse and the Acropolis Rally. The car was then used by Mikael Ericsson at Rally New Zealand and the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland. The car was never used for a competitive outing after being used by Ericsson but it was used as a test car and backup car for Miki Biasion at the Sanremo.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 207 TO 76797E was first used by Markku Alen at the 1985 RAC Rally where he finished second behind Toivonen. The car was then used by Fabrizio Tabaton in a Martini livery with Michelin Tires at the Ypres Rally. Then in the Esso Grifone livery the car was used by Tabaton at the Halkidikis and Antibes rallies. The car was then purchased by the Grifone team and went on to win two European Autocross Championship's in 1987 and 1988 in the Esso livery with Gian Battista Rosella at the wheel.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 208 TO 77892E was initially a test car first appearing in November of 1985 at Saint Remy to test the Pirelli snow tires for the Monte Carlo Rally. The car was also tested with Markku Alen in Rovaniemi of December. The car was rallied by the Jolly Club team with Dario Cerrato at the 1986 Mille Miglia and the Costa Smeralda. The car was also tested for the Italian magazine Quattroruote. The car remained as a backup car for the rest of the 1986 season. Augusto Cesari entered the 1987 and 1988 Campionato Italiano Velocita Montagna in the car.

 

Location - USA

Chassis 209 TO 73073E was first used by Miki Biasion to take his first WRC win at Rally Argentina. Markku Alen then used the car was a backup car at the 1000 Lakes Rally. The car was used by Rostagno at the Superga Slalom before the car was used by Fabrizio Tabaton to win both the Catalunya and the Rally Di San Marino. The car was then sold to Gerard Parquet who used the car in hillclimbs throughout France in a Yacco livery.

 

Location - Italy/Europe

Chassis 210 TO 77893E was primarily used by Dario Cerrato at the Rally Isola d' Elba, Targa Florio, Limone Piemonte and the Rally Della Lana. After its time with the Jolly Club team the car was raced in the 1988 French Rallycross Championship, 1989 and 1990 European Rallycross Championship to which it cam second with Chateaux at the wheel. The car also won the Chamonix 24 Hour rally in 1990 with Saby and Chateaux.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 211 TO 73074E was used by Henri Toivonen at the Tour De Corse Rally. After the accident the car was demolished by FIAT.

Chassis 212 TO 73075E is a Naked Chassis that was used to realise the Carbon Molds for the ECV. Today the car is currently in Stradale specification.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 213 TO 73076E was first used as a test car and a backup car in Argentina driven by Pianta and Biasion. The car then featured in the Italian TV Series La Voglia Di Vincere.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 214 TO 76795E was driven by Miki Biasion at Rallye De Portugal, Tour De Corse and the Acropolis Rallies. Alen and Biasion used the car as a backup car at Argentina and Sanremo and was driven by Biasion as a safety car at the Rally Citta Di Bassano. At the end of the season the car was used by Ericsson at the RAC but retired with engine problems. 

 

Location - UK

Chassis 215 TO 81693E won the Monte Carlo Rally with Henri Toivonen 20 years after his father Pauli did the same. The car was then a backup car for Toivonen in Portugal, Alen's in Corsica and Ericsson's at the Acropolis. The car was then used for the European Autocross Championship in 1988 where the car came second with Romagna at the wheel. The car won the championship the following year.

 

Location - UK

Chassis 216 TO 73078E No Race history. Currently in the hands of an Italian Collector in Martini Colours

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 217 TO 73079E was used as a test car by Biasion and Cerrato before the Messina Rally. Today the car is a part of the Teo Martin collection and is one of the most original cars left.

 

Location - Spain

Chassis 218 TO 73080E was a show car at the 1986 Torino Motor Show. Today the car is a part of a private collection in Nothern Italy but is rarely seen out in public.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 219 TO 81696E was used by Miki Biasion at the 1986 Rally Monte Carlo to which he reitred after a crash. The car was used for a test in Portugal and was used as Biasion's backup car at the Acropolis. Today the car is regularly used in Italy.

 

Location - San Marino

Chassis 223 TO 90680E was first used by Markku Alen in Argentina to finish in second place. Kalle Grundel also used the car at the 1000 Lakes Rally for the factory team before the car was then purchased by the A.R.T team where Paolo Alessandrini drove the car at Olympus rally. The car was then used by Alessandrini at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in 1987 and 1988. Alessandrini also used the car at the 1987 Chamonix 24 Hour, Rally Isla De Tenerife and the Rally Dei Castelli. The car was then used by Gustavo Trelles in the Spanish gravel championship between 1988 and 1990.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 220 TO 81697E was used by Markku Alen at the Swedish and Portuguese rallies before being used as a backup car for Tabaton at Ypres and Alen at the Acropolis. The car was also used as a test car with Henri Toivonen in Corsica. The Jolly Club Team entered the car in the Rally Di Messina with Dario Cerrato. The car was then purchased by Germano Nataloni who Hillcimbed the car.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 221 TO 77894E was used by Markku Alen at the first edition of the Memorial Bettega in 1985. The car was then used by Fabrizio Tabaton and the Grifone Team for the first rounds of the European Rally Championship which we went on to win. These events were the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, Rallye des Garrigues and the Costa Smeralda. The car was then used as a backup at Elba, Madeira, Antibes and Halkidikis. The car was used by Gustavo Trelles to win the Spanish Gravel Championship in 1988. The car has recently been rebuilt in Martini colours and was driven by Alen at Rallylegend in 2015.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 222 TO 90679E was the first of the lightweight Evo chassis's that was used by Markku Alen at the New Zealand Rally. The car was then used by Dario Cerrato and the Jolly Club Team at Piancavello, Sanremo, Valle d' Aosta and the Monza Rally. The car was used also as a test car in Messina. The car was then driven by Augusto Cesari in slaloms and hillclimbs initially in Totip Colours before being changed to a variety of liveries.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 224 TO 90681E was driven by Miki Biasion at the New Zealand Rally before being handed over to Markku Alen to use the car at his home event, the 1000 Lakes Rally. Alen also used the car as his backup car at the Sanremo. Fabrizio Tabaton drove the car for the Italian TV Series La Voglia Di Vincere at Rally di Roma in Esso Grifone colours.

 

Location - Italy

Chassis 225 TO 33874F was used by Markku Alen at the controversial Sanremo Rally and the last round of the 1986 championship at the Olympus rally. After its time with the factory Lancia team it was sold to Jolly Club where it was used in the 1987 Spanish Gravel Championship to which it won in the hands of Onoro.

 

Location - Italy

 

Chassis 226 TO 19737F was used at the controversial Sanremo rally with Miki Biasion. Markku Alen then used the car at the 1986 RAC Rally. Matti Alamaki then used the car for the 1987 European Rallycross Championship and a run through the Valkeakoski stage on the 1987 1000 Lakes with skier Patu Leppälä strapped to the roof. Jarmo Lahteenmaki then used the car at British Rallycross races in 1988 befroe doing the 1989 European Rallycross Championship. Today the car is owned by Juha Kankkunen

 

Location - Finland

Chassis 227 TO 52127F was used by Miki Biasion at the 1986 Memorial Bettega. In 1987 Miki Biasion and Bruno Saby used the car at the Chamonix 24 hours. in 1988 it was used by Saby in the French Rallycross Championship backed by Lancia France. The car was modified for the championship with upgrades to the bodywork package and also mechanical upgrades.

 

Location - France

Chassis 228 TO 52126F was used by Markku Alen at the 1986 Memorial Bettega. The car was then used as a test car for the SE040 with a CVT transmission.

 

Location - Italy

Below is a comprehensive list of the cars that were used by the Factory Martini team as well as the "Semi Works" Jolly Club and Grifone teams.

Chassis Numbers and History

Videos

Shown here is an onboard video of the 9 times Italian Rally Champion, Paolo Andreucci behind the wheel of Chassis 223 at the 2012 Monza Rally Show. Its rare to see S4's being driven hard in recent years mainly due to the increasing value of the cars. This onboard video shows the potential of an S4 in the right hands and offers the rare opportunity to see rare footage onboard a Delta S4.

Monza Rally Show 2012 - Paolo Andreucci

Rallylegend 2015 - Lancia Delta S4 Celebration

The 2015 edition of Rallylegend held in San Marino hosted a celebration to the Delta S4 with multiple Ex Works cars in attendance. This was the biggest gathering of cars in history with the ECV1 and ECV2 on static display. Two Ex Toivonen cars (202 and 204) took part in the celebration along with Markku Alen back behind the wheel of Chassis 221.

Rally Finland 2016 - Henri Toivonen Tribute with Harri Toivonen

This years Rally Finland marked 30 years since that sad day in Corsica where an accident took the lives of Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto. Chassis 202 TO 77889E, the car that Henri Toivonen used to win the 1985 RAC rally was on display with Henri's brother, Harri Toivonen driving the car on the famous Harju stage as a tribute to his brother Henri.