Lot 283 - 1978 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Race Car Recreation
|Estimate||£28,000 - £32,000|
From 1976 to 1980 the Group 5 World Championship took place and
subsequently became the World Endurance Championship in 1981 and
1982 finally being replaced by the Group C category in 1983. The
Group 5 category produced extraordinary racing cars from the likes
of Ford, with the wild Zakspeed Capri and the iconic Porsche
935/78. However, the most successful of the series was Lancia with
the Beta Montecarlo Turbo. Group 5 was essentially a silhouette
formula with two classes; up to 2000cc and over 2000cc. The Lancia
Montecarlo ran up the class courtesy of the 1.4 litre 16 valve
engine which was turbo charged effectively giving the car an
equivalent of 1995cc
Fast forward 35 years and we are delighted to offer this extraordinary recreation of an original Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo. To produce this motor car was somewhat of a challenge. The original moulds were located in Germany but permission to use them in its creation was denied. To progress the project, drawings were taken from a very detailed 1:24th scale model. Once completed by a specialist who created accurate TV models the car was found to be only millimetres in difference from the original. An invitation to take pictures and measurements from an original car in the Lancia Museum in Turin also enabled an accurate chassis to be manufactured.
A rust free 1978 Beta monocoque was prepared and sent to the specialist company 'Rollcentre' for fabrication of the safety cell. The rear uprights were fabricated as the originals were cast. Wheel sizes were finally determined at 10x18 on the front and 13x18 at the rear as the original sizes were difficult to find. Due to the larger front wheels to the original, some slight changes on the front of the body were necessary resulting in bulges above the front wheels; these certainly create a distinctive look rather than the slab profile of the original. Sitting behind the driver is a 2.0 litre 8v Integrale turbo engine with mapped ignition chosen, rather than an original 1.4 litre Beta Turbo unit, for cost effectiveness and reliability. The engine has been built using Arias forged pistons, removed balancing shaft, a dry sump lubrication system a Garrett T35 modified turbo charger, 4:2:1 stainless steel exhaust manifold, Kent cams, large valves, bench flowed cylinder head, modified Thema inlet manifold (eight injectors) and a Pectel 6 ECU with data logging. This results in the Integrale unit producing in the region of 300 bhp. The drive is via a Lancia Thema five speed gearbox with an aluminium flywheel and Tilton clutch assembly. To bring the beast to a halt, Brembo callipers with equally large 12 inch AP Racing discs are fitted. Adjustable Koni shock absorbers with MacPherson and Chapman struts dominate both the front and the rear of the chassis.
With, in the region of 300 bhp on tap and with this monster only weighing in at around 900kgs, expect a mind blowing experience whilst experiencing what it must have been like during an era of racing that produced extraordinary motor cars.
Please note: The vendor has stated that included in the sale (if the purchaser requires it) is a 1999 DAF truck with purpose built tail lift for transportation of the Lancia. The truck may require some re-commissioning; however, we are assured that the mileage of around 22,000 miles is correct and the DAF drives extremely well. It may also be driven on a normal car licence. The successful bidder will also need to collect the vehicle from the vendor's premises if they require it. Please contact the Historics office for full details.