Legend Reborn - Lancia Delta Integrale Futurista


The 80s and 90s were a great time for car enthusiasts. It was an era that merged old-fashioned analogue simplicity that our forefathers enjoyed, with technological advancements that improved the very mechanics of how cars worked.

I'd like to share a car that, when announced a year back; warmed the cockles of my heart. A true restomod car (restoring & modding); the Lancia Delta Integrale Futurista, conceived by Automobili Amos and its mastermind, Eugenio Amos.

#MakeLanciaGreatAgain

Lancia Delta Integrale Futurista (2018)

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The base of the Futurista is a plain, mass-produced Lancia Delta Integrale; rather than the more
exclusive and cherished Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione. Once you have that, simply replace over 1000 components, remove excess weight, then add more power.

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The foundations of the Futurista, a late 80s Integrale 16v. Source: Petrolicious' Marketplace

And Eureka! - you have a car that embodies the emotions of old Italian race cars, but improved further with modern, high-tech engineering.

"Well, this car means a lot to me. It represents my romantic vision in a world that is too aseptic, too fast, that runs like the wind, superficial and intangible."

It's really a blend of all things Italian, as quoted by TopGear; Brembo brakes, Magnetic Marelli electrics, Milanese design, and Turinese mechanicals.

The regular practicality of 4-doors had been forgone, for the sake of a more sultry 2-door design, though there are still backseats. The stance of the car is then widened and lowered, giving it that muscular look.

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2-door hatches are definitely better looking that 4-doors.


The Futurista's bodywork is made out of hand-beaten aluminium; thus adding rust-resistance as a marked improvement over the original Integrales. Then, the bonnet (hood for you Americans), bumpers, front/rear fascia, engine cover, and rear-hatch; are all made of carbon-fibre to save weight.

Overall, 200 pounds of weight had been removed from the base car; resulting in the Futurista only weighing about 2755 pounds (1255kg).

Interior-wise, the makeover continues. Gone are the old, worn 80s fabrics, and entirely replaced by Italian made Alcantara. This covers most of the interior-lining including, but not limited to; the Recaro front bucket seats, rear bench seats, the gear-lever cover, and the custom steering wheel (looks like Momo?).

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That big red button with the rocket ship icon is to start the car.

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New instrumentation and upholstery, refreshed and modernised.

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Even the rear seats get the same treatment and attention as the front.


The other big changes made by Amos, happens to be under the skin. The original 2.0 turbocharged-inline 4-cylinder has been tuned to produce 330 hp with help from Autotechnica, up from about 200 hp in the original Integrale.

The differential and transmission have also been updated, with the transmission tunnel made out of carbon-fibre, further contributing to the weight savings. Furthermore, the suspension was also tuned by Automobili Amos to bias more towards oversteer, rather than understeer (which is common with 4WD cars); to make sliding sideways easier.

"This car means that I had enough of the car world, both as a client before and as a manufacturer now."

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I couldn’t find images of the Futurista's inner-workings, but this is close enough, eh?

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Nope, just kidding :) I took this snippet from the Grand Tour's premier of the Futurista (Season 3, Episode 12)

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Futurista is only limited at 20 units in total, and each car will cost about 300,000 Euros! So, that's about 900 Euros for every horsepower (330).


All in all, I do think that the Futurista is a fantastic creation. I'm sure it's as wonderful to drive, as it is beautiful to look at. But more importantly, it's the ideal that it embodies, which makes the Futurista all the more special.

"I long for a bygone, idealised time when men, values and substance were at the core of the product. Therefore this car is pure, analogic, raw and essential."
Eugenio Amos, racing driver, founder of Automobili Amos

It presents itself as an antithesis to the modern car industry. Where fast, exciting cars have become safe and easy to drive; where the sense of engagement, which makes driving an emotional occasion, seemingly amiss.

I do wish Automobili Amos all the best for their next creation, and hope that more carmakers take inspiration from them - on how to build proper cars for proper enthusiasts.

Credits to: Car Magazine, AutoBlog, Petrolicious, Jalopnik

What do you think about the Futurista, and other restomod projects? Let me know in the comments, and follow along @zacknorman97 for more stuff!


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But the most famous and beautiful remains the Lancia Delta HF Integrale which won 5 WRC :-)

@tipu curate

16.10.2019 17:40
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True, true @lostprophet, there's no defying the beauty of the originals!

Still, I do hope that the Futurista would set a precedent for the return of Lancia, even if Fiat bosses wouldn't do it themselves :( @heroldius

16.10.2019 17:50
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Stunning little beast... 1255 kg & 330 hp very impressive. And I like the design and the work done in the interior by Automobili Amos, especially the Rocket button.
Great post... Resteem.

16.10.2019 17:51
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16.10.2019 17:55
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Thanks for the votes so far @lostprophet @heroldius @tipu

16.10.2019 17:58
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Glad you liked it! I was inspired by our recent discussion about your post on the Delta S4 Rally.

It really is a pretty nice 21st-century interpretation of an Integrale. Amos really made the car better without sacrificing what made the Integrale famous in the first place.

That's why I love it so much... :')

16.10.2019 18:00
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I didn't know this restomod... Thanks for sharing it. Now I'm curious about new projects done by Amos.

16.10.2019 19:34
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Cheers! I do believe this is the first project by Automobili Amos. You can check out their Instagram page that I linked way up in the post.

The founder, Eugenio is a pretty cool guy and has some cool cars to boot; a green F40, CLK GTR, and I believe a GT3 RS (in green).

16.10.2019 19:42
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As you said, very nice collection. I would like to have a garage like this one.

17.10.2019 15:29
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Who wouldn't :) I've got no question to his tastes in cars.

So, him dabbling into making a car of his own, albeit a restomod, is pretty cool.

Just like you, I'm pretty pumped up to see what they'll be up to next.

I just hope perhaps that they won't be too expensive or exclusive next...

17.10.2019 15:33
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Now that is an awesome looking machine, i've just been relooking at the Group B S4, people call it ugly???

17.10.2019 11:45
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Thanks for the support @planetauto! Great to see us petrolheads band together!

i've just been relooking at the Group B S4, people call it ugly???

Mate...what heartless people would call the S4 ugly?!

^ This is me chasing after those haters. ^

17.10.2019 11:53
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