Lancia is a brand that was lusted after by motorsport fans the world over. This was mostly down to the brand’s exploits in world rallying. Lancia remains the most successful brand of all time in the world of rallying, with 15 World Rally Championships and three Constructors’ Championships. But those days are long gone and Lancia has been floundering over the past few decades. However, there seems to be a bit of a resurgence taking place in Italy. Among the good new is that Lancia heads back to rallying with its newest release, called the Ypsilon.

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“Lancia has always been in people’s hearts, also thanks to its competitive soul represented by some iconic models from a past that made of the brand the most successful one of all time in the rally world. And that sporty heart is starting to beat again today! And those same fans will be the new customers of Lancia of the future!” stated Luca Napolitano, Lancia brand CEO.


The Ypsilon is small hatch that is available with a variety of powertrains. Leading the charge is the company’s first-ever EV. At the top of the range is an HF version. HF (for High Fidelity) is Lancia speak for high performance. The Ypsilon HF has a single front-mounted electric motor that delivers 177 kW. Lancia says it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5,8 seconds. The high-performance powertrain is complemented by a lowered suspension and wider tracks. After the Lancia Ypsilon HF, the Gamma and Delta will also come in an HF version.

Racing Return

At the same time Lancia unveiled the Ypsilon Rally 4 HF. This car will compete in the R4 rally class. The Rally 4 uses a turbocharged 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The little engine produces 156 kW power. A five-speed gearbox sends power to the front wheels through a limited-slip differential.

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Fans will love the fact that the new race machine wears the colours that adorn so many rally and racecars wear, even today. Beyond the famous livery, the Rally 4 has a functional roof-mounted scoop, a pair of hood vents, and a set of white multi-spoke alloys. The flanks wear the years of the manufacturer’s wins on the world rally stage.