After the demise of Group B in 1986 FISA introduced a new set of rules for the 1987 season limiting the amount of modifications available to standard road cars. Lancia used the HF4WD as a basis for their Group A car and from the start, Lancia scored a 1-2 finish at the 1987 Monte Carlo Rally with Miki Biasion winning the event. Juha Kankkunen went on to win the drivers championship with the HF4WD and Lancia won the manufacturers title. Lancia introduced the Integrale at the 1988 Rally Portugal and again it won on its first outing with Miki Biasion. Biasion went on to win two drivers titles in 1988 and 1989 for lancia. After this Lancia introduced a 16V engine for the integrale at the 1988 Sanremo. In typical fashion Biasion went on to win the event with team mate Didier Auriol crashing out. Success was also found at European level. From 1987 to 1991 the Delta won the European Rally Championship with Dario Cerrato in 1987, Fabrizio Tabaton in 1988, Yves Loubet in 1989, Robert Droogmans in 1990 and Piero Liatti in 1991. At the end of 1991 lancia retired from the rallying scene after winning a record breaking 5 titles.
However for 1992 the operations were handed over to Jolly Club with assistance from the factory and the famous Martini sponsorship remained in place . The team then introduced the most famous variant, the Integrale Evo also known as the "Deltona" for the 1992 season. More success was on the cards with Didier Auriol, Juha Kankkunen, Andrea Aghini, Philippe Bugalski, Jorge Recalde, and Bjorn Waldegard brought the team a record sixth title which still stands today.
This car, TO 13721T was the last car built by the factory for the 1992 season and was first put into use for Didier Auriol at the 1000 Lakes Rally. Auriol at a clean run through the famous stages of the Laajavuori area to win on the cars first outing. The car returned for the next round of the championship down under in Australia with Auriol. History repeated its self as Auriol brought the car home with another victory on its second outing, however its last outing for the Works team was not to be a success. At Rallye España Auriol had a rough rally and picked up a 15 minute penalty and ended up finishing the event in 10th place overall. Catalunya perfected summed up Auriol's second half of 1992 which sadly cost him the Championship. For 1993 the car was first used by Gustavo Trelles at the Rallye El Corte Inglés which he went on to win. The car was then handed over to Jolly Club Dario Cerrato to use in the later part of the Italian Rally Championship with mixed results. In 1995 the car was sold to a private collector who still rallied the car until he had it fully restored a few years later.
Today the car is owned by Girardo & Co and they are certainly not hiding the car in the shadows. The car was on display at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed before being demonstrated at the Classic Nostalgia event at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb in the UK. They also plan to bring the car to Rallylegend in October where we will hopefully catch up with the car again. Special Thanks to Girardo for supplying some photos of their car and for making this write up possible. Be sure to check out their stock at their website and social media pages.