Tuned v original
I rebuilt an Evo1 with a new Thema turbo engine, you may have seen this mentioned before!
I kept everything original, partly for cost reasons, but mostly because I think original is best.
Lancia spent millions developing the Delta, how could any small tuning co. hope to improve on this?
an Evo on its travels
Two weeks ago we took the white Evo, shown above, to Munich, we left it there with our young 'un to enjoy for the Summer.
We took Easyjet home again. The journey went well, I was confident in the car and didn't take any tools at all.
We went through the Channel Tunnel around midnight, had a kip in Belgium, and got to Munich the following afternoon. My point is that the car was smooth and comfortable, up hill and down it did 140kph hour after hour, the lovely engine loud enough to keep you awake,
and the brakes and steering firm and positive. When turbo boost was required, this came in at a useful 3500rpm, and gave a smooth
increase in power for overtaking and hill climbing.
This all from a car as close to the Lancia factory original design as possible.
A fast & furious Evo2
This is very different from our fast and furious Evo2.
Again as mentioned previously, this car has been 'improved' by past owners. I've already removed the hard gas shocks, and returned to standard suspension, this has improved the ride a lot.
The car still has engine alterations which make the car very fast, now this is fun, but only for a while! Travelling any distance becomes tiring, super fast acceleration is not always required, a modest boost of torgue mid-revs like the standard white Evo would be welcomed.
The turbo boost kicks in at 5k, the car then takes off like a rocket and is red lining before you've had time to change up a gear. The turbo is a larger unit, with a wide straight inlet pipe and canted over intercooler, this really sucks air!
I shouldn't complain, but these changes don't really improve the car for everyday driving. The novelty of taking off like a scalded cat begins to fade after a while, and I think about the extra strain on the drive train components, not to mention the fuel cost!
I greatly admire the engineering skills of race car builders, and I admire their courage in cutting up a valuable antique.
The original Lancia engineers were however truly imaginative, and created a vehicle series that'll never be repeated, I respect that and encourage originality!
When Wheeler Dealers wasn't on this year, they replaced it with 'Chasing Classic Cars', I tagged this as more American rubbish, overfed investors throwing money at profit opportunities.
However, the programme's hero Wayne, shown below, turned out to be ok! He knew his old motors, and respected their heritage.
He said an original classic car is 'only original once',
this is very true. I think we must preserve the Deltas
that remain roadworthy in the form they left the factory.
Lancia really did know best!
A smooth & lovely Evo1
Click on picture above to visit Wayne's
pages, it's F40.com.