The first Delta (Tipo 831) was a five-door hatchback, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and released in 1979. Between 1980 and 1982, it was also sold in Sweden by Saab Automobile, badged as the Saab-Lancia 600. The Delta was voted the 1980 European Car of the Year. A special Delta HF Integrale version was a four-wheel drive hot hatch with a turbocharged petrol engine.
Modified versions of the HF dominated the World Rally Championship, scoring 46 WRC victories overall and winning the Constructors Championship a record six times in a row from 1987 to 1992, in addition to Drivers’ Championship titles for Juha Kankkunen (1987 and 1991) and Miki Biasion (1988 and 1989).
The Lancia Delta S4, which the works team ran immediately prior to the HF 4WD and Integrale models’ world championship careers from the season-ending 1985 RAC Rally until the end of the 1986 season, while sharing the same name and appearance, was a Group B race car designed and built specifically for rallying, and was entirely different from the mass-produced consumer versions.
When we saw that Hasegawa announced the Lancia Delta HF intergrale 16v as the 1991 Lakes Rally version, we knew that it was just a matter of a short time before we could get our hands on the ”civil” version. This one is the ”integrale” street version. This model kit of the Lancia Delta HF integrale is molded in red for the body shell. An extra sprue in red with the front grille, wipers and rear spoiler is provided. Besides the obvious clear part sprue, the rest of the tub/chassis is crisply molded in light gray. The clear parts are molded clearly and without visible flow marks. There are small sink marks on the brake calipers. This can be fixed with a small amount of putty.
As with the Lancia 1991 1000 Lakes version (kit 20289), the body shell features a vent grilles that Hasegawa didn’t mold shut. Instead they are ”see thru” and the vent detail (see close-up photo) is molding exquisitely after all these years. There might be some random flash here and there but the production copy Hasegawa sent is a 9 out of 10 mold quality wise. This is a curbside model meaning it has no engine. The model builder will have to add some detail from scratch under this tiny detail.
If you’re an Euro car lover (like myself) The Hasegawa Lancia Delta integrale ”evolucione” (Evo) is for you.