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Monday, October 25, 2010

Kyosho Lancia Stratos HF 1977 Rally Monte Carlo Winner 1:18 scale

A Kyosho Lancia Stratos HF 1977 Monte Carlo Winner, driven by S. Munari/ S. Maiga, 1:18 scale.  Kyosho made a very impressive details on this car.

  From the Net:
1983 Andy Bentza and his RX Lancia Stratos HF, the only 3.0 litre Stratos
Lancia Stratos Turbo Group 5The Lancia Stratos HF, widely and more simply known
as Lancia Stratos, is a car made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia. The HF
stands for High Fidelity.
The Stratos was a very successful rally car during the 1970s and early 1980s. It
started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed from scratch for
this kind of competition.[2] The three leading men behind the entire rallying
project were Lancia team manager Cesare Fiorio, British racer/engineer Mike
Parkes and factory rally driver Sandro Munari.
      1970 Lancia Stratos Zero, the first prototype of Lancia StratosThe
      bodywork was designed by Marcello Gandini, head designer at Bertone, and
      the technical layout was loosely based on a (Lancia Fulvia V4 powered)
      concept car called Stratos Zero which had been first shown at the Turin
      Motor Show in 1970. The body was wedge-shaped, and unusually short and
      wide, providing maximum traction. The car later appeared in Michael
      Jackson's 1988 film, Moonwalker as well as in his music video for Smooth
      In 1971 Lancia presented the Lancia Stratos HF prototype. The prototype
      (Chassis 1240) was fluorescent red in colour and featured a distinctive
      crescent-shaped-wrap-around windshield providing maximum forward
      visibility with almost no rear visibility. The prototype had three
      different engines in its early development life: the Lancia Fulvia engine,
      the Lancia Beta engine and finally the mid-mounted 190 bhp (140 kW) 2418
      cc Dino Ferrari V6. The V6 gave the road car a 0-60 time of just under
      five seconds, and a top speed of 144 mph (233 km/h).
The car won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles in the hands of Sandro
Munari and Björn Waldegård, and might have gone on to win more had not internal
politics within the Fiat group placed rallying responsibility on the Fiat 131
Abarths. As well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, all
courtesy of Munari, the Stratos won the event with the private Chardonnet Team
as late as 1979.

Vitesse Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Winner International Swedish Rally 1999, 1:43 scale

A Vitesse Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Winner International Swedish Rally 1999, driven by T. Makinen/ R. Mannisenmaki, 1:43 scale.
    From the Net:
"Turbo" Tommi Antero Mäkinen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈtommi ˈmækinen] is a now
retired Finnish rally driver, born in Puuppola, Finland near Jyväskylä on 26
June 1964. As of 1999 he lived in both Monaco and Jyväskylä, married, with two
children. Mäkinen is one of the most successful WRC drivers of all time, ranking
second in championships (4), tied with Juha Kankkunen and behind Sébastien Loeb
(7), and fifth in wins (24).
He is a four-time World Rally Champion, a series he first won, and then
successfully defended, continuously throughout 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, on all
occasions driving the Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. He also aided
Mitsubishi to the 1998 world constructors' title as well as winning the 2000
Race of Champions. Mäkinen's navigators include compatriots Seppo Harjanne and
Risto Mannisenmäki, the former retiring from alongside Mäkinen having previously
served 1985 champion, and fellow 'Flying Finn', Peugeot's Timo Salonen.
proceeded to win every drivers' title for Mitsubishi from 1996 to 1999. The
Mitsubishi team, with the Finn and young Briton Richard Burns among its driver
personnel, also won its sole manufacturers' championship in 1998, while late
that same year, the licensed Tommi Mäkinen Rally video game was also released.
In 2000, despite opening his campaign with victory on the January Monte Carlo
Rally, Mäkinen finally relinquished his grasp on the title, being beaten in the
standings by new title holder and fellow Finn, Marcus Grönholm. That year
Mitsubishi produced a 'Tommi Mäkinen edition' of the road version of the Lancer
Evolution VI to commemorate his previous title successes. This car had a
different front bumper than the regular Evolution VI, while some models also
featured a red and white paint job to closely resemble Mäkinen's rally car.

Ixo Altaya Lancia 037 Evo Safari Rally 1984 driven by M. Alen/ I. Kivimaki 1:43 scale

Lancia 037 Evo Safari Rally 1984, driven by M. Alen/ I. Kivimaki, 1:43 scale, by Altaya.

   From the Net:
A Lancia Rally 037.The Lancia Rally 037 (also known as the Lancia Abarth #037)
was a mid-engine rally car built by Lancia in the early 1980s purely for the FIA
Group B World Rally Championship. Driven by Markku Alén, Attilio Bettega, and
Walter Röhrl, the car won Lancia the manufacturers' world championship in the
1983 season.
H.F. Grifone team's 037 at the Race Retro 2008.In 1981 Lancia began designing
the 037 to comply with the then new FIA Group B regulations that allowed cars to
race with relatively few homologation models being built. As the project was
number 037, this eventually became the name by which the car was known. Abarth,
now a part of the Lancia-Fiat family, did most of the design work, even
incorporating styling cues from some of its famous race cars of the 1950s and
1960s such as a double bubble roof line. Prior to its first participation in the
1982 World Rally Championship season, 200 road-going models were built to comply
with Group B regulations.
For the 1984 Constructors' title defence, Lancia introduced an Evolution 2
version of the 037 with improved engine power, but this was not enough to stem
the tide of 4WD competition, losing to Audi in both 1984 Championships, and
again to the 4WD Peugeot 205 T16 in its final works season in 1985. Indeed, Alen
collected the final 037 win, and the sole one for the E2 model, on the 1984 Tour
De Corse, before it was finally pensioned off in the Martini sponsored Lancia
factory rally car line-up in favour of its successor, the uniquely supercharged
and turbocharged 4WD Delta S4, for the season-ending RAC Rally in Great Britain.