June 22, 2024
Motorsports

Lancia Ypsilon HF returns to its rally racing roots

By the end of 1992, Lancia emerged victorious in the World Rally Championship with the Martini-sponsored Delta HF Integrale 8V race car. This marked the last time we saw a competitive Lancia on the racing scene. However, the dry spell has finally come to an end with the unveiling of the new Ypsilon HF – a hot-hatch version of the standard Ypsilon, along with a motorsports version for FIA Group Rally4.

The Ypsilon HF boasts a powertrain borrowed from the Alfa Romeo Junior Veloce, featuring a single electric motor powering the front axle. With 237 horsepower under the hood, the Ypsilon HF accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds, a significant improvement over the standard Ypsilon.

Enhancements to the handling include a wider track and lowered suspension, complemented by a more aggressive front fascia and distinctive HF branding on the lower intake. The rally version of the Ypsilon, the Rally 4 HF, opts for a traditional 1.2-liter three-cylinder gas engine producing 209 horsepower.

Future HF models are already in the pipeline, with promises of makeovers for the Gamma crossover and electric Delta. As hybrid technology gains momentum, questions arise about the potential for a Ypsilon mild-hybrid HF variant. The Ypsilon HF is scheduled for release in May 2025, with details about the competition debut of the Rally 4 HF yet to be announced.

FAQ

Q: When will the Ypsilon HF be available for purchase?
A: The Ypsilon HF is set to go on sale in May 2025.

Q: What powers the Ypsilon HF’s acceleration?
A: The Ypsilon HF boasts a powerful electric motor delivering 237 horsepower, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds.

Conclusion

The reintroduction of the Lancia Ypsilon HF and its Rally 4 counterpart marks a significant return for the Italian automaker in the world of motorsports. With promising enhancements in performance and design, Lancia enthusiasts can look forward to future HF models on the horizon.

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