The Lancia LC2 was the Italian's answer to the new Group C rules introdcued in 1982. Under the direction of Cesare Fiorio the team set out to build a car to challenge the Porsche's. With a chassis from Abarth and Dallara and a Twin Turbo V8 engine from Ferrari, it was set to be a strong fight. Despite the car having more power than the Porsche 956's, 1983 was full of tyre problems and engine reliability issues but Lancia managed second in the World Sportscar Manufacturers. However the cars first victory was at Imola in a round of the European Sportscar championship. Unfortunately for Lancia the reliability was not there and over the three years of racing the car only managed three wins. The LC2 proved to be faster than the 956 with many pole positions and often with some 1.5 seconds ahead. The car had the pace to beat the 956 but it was not to be.
Chassis Numbers and History
Below is a selection of the cars that were used by the Factory Martini team in the World Sportscar Championship.
Chassis 0001 was the first LC2 built by the factory and it was entered for the 1983 season opening event, the Monza 1000 km. Unfortunately the car was crashed in a practice session by Piercarlo Ghinzani and was not raced due to the damage sustained to the car. After the car was repaired it was entered for the 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Alessandro Nannini, Jean Claude Andruet and Paolo Barilla.