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The Kimera EVO37 is the Lancia 037 Group B legend reimagined

The Kimera EVO37 is the Lancia 037 Group B legend reimagined

Reimagining an iconic classic can be a tricky business. Luckily, more than a few studios have proven they can pull it off. Kimera automobile’s creation is the latest example of how an icon can be not only reimagined but also improved. The studio’s meticulous approach, derived from motorsports, has resulted in a tribute to one of the greatest rally cars ever made – the Lancia 037. Preceded by the legendary Stratos and succeeded by the mighty Delta HF Integrale, the 037 is part of Lancia’s glorious past. Just like the Lancia New Stratos and the Lancia Delta Futurista Coupe, the Kimera EVO37 is a love letter to the brand’s better days.

What is the Kimera EVO37?

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Worthy of the Lancia name and legacy
The EVO37 wil be a future collectible, just like all Lancia cars with rally herritage, as well as their respective tributes
The Kimera EVO37 is a resto-mod, which means it’s based on an actual Lancia 037.

As you can tell from the images, however, almost nothing has been left untouched. The purpose of this custom build is to take something iconic from the past and utilize its full potential. It’s still the good ol’ Lancia 037 rally car, but remade, using new restoration techniques. In this regard, the EVO37 is very similar to the Ferrari 330 reimagined by Bell & Sport Classics. However, instead of keeping it as authentic as possible, the guys at Kimera Automobili enhanced certain aspects of the car, while still retaining the original feel of the car.

Drivetrain

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Ohlins, Brembo, and Pirelli are only some of the big names involved
Probably the msot beautiful brake and suspension assembly you’ll ever see

Just like the original 1980s Lancia 037, the engine is a 2.1-liter twin-charged inline-four.

In fact, Kimera Automobili turned to Lancia engineer Claudio Lombardi, who was responsible for developing the engines of the original rally cars. With his valuable input, Italtecnica re-engineered the entire unit from scratch.

The original 2.1-liter Abarth unit was completely rebuilt and beefed up. True to the original car, the four-pot once gain featured a supercharger and a turbocharger for better response and linear power delivery.

To put things in perspective, the original 037 Stradale put out 205 horsepower (153 kilowatts) and 170 pound-feet (230 Nm). This allowed for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (229 km/h).

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Through extensive “massaging”, the Kimera EVO37 brings those figures up to 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Nm).

All that goes to the rear wheels, through an old-school manual transmission, just like in the original Lancia 037. Even the engine’s longitudinal position is the same as it was in the original classic.

The quadrilateral suspension has been enhanced by Öhlins and the stopping power has been entrusted to Brembo. The power’s transition to the ground is made easier by oversized Pirelli tires that wrap around bespoke lightweight forged wheels. To top it all off, Bonetto Cv was responsible for the car’s setup.

The chassis, which is essentially a Lancia Beta Monte-Carlo, has been substantially reinforced, so it can take the extra power like a champ, without any flex whatsoever.

Bodywork

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Although the car largely looks the same, nothing was left untouched. The original shape of the 037 was kept as it was, but while the original car’s panels were made from fiberglass, the EVO37 benefits from an even lighter carbon fiber body.

As a result of the carbon fiber diet, the EVO37 is not just substantially more powerful than the 037, but also lighter. Whilst the original classic has a curb weight of 2,564 pounds (1,163 kg), the Kimera weighs just 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg). This makes the EVO37 is almost as light as Group B 037’s 2,116-pound (960 kg) curb weight.

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The car does feature some modern elements. In addition to the new forged rims, the car has new LED headlights and taillights, probably in order to be road-worthy. From every other angle, however, this is the original 037, we all know and love.

We think the shade of red chosen here is the perfect color, although other exterior finishes will be offered to the few lucky customers, who have been chosen.

Exclusivity and Price

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True to its roots
From every angle, the EVO37 is a true successor to the 037
Kimera Automobili will build only 37 of these beauties and all of them have been spoken for.

The Kimera EVO37 will be officially presented at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. The price for each one is $588,000 or €480,000. We know that the future owners, who have already secured their slots were specially chosen car collectors from all over the world.

Conclusion

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It’s a resto-mod, which retains all elements of the original car
It looks and feels the same, but it’s modern

Resto-modding is a tricky business. There is a border where too much modernization sacrifices the soul of the original car. This is not the case here. Kimera EVO37 is not an over-the-top modern interpretation. Rather, it is an old car, redone in a modern way. Yes, a few small bits and pieces have been tweaked, but ultimately this is the same simple, lightweight, tail-happy road-going version of the Group B Lancia 037, people fell in love with.

By now it’s clear that, in the future, fun and engaging cars like this, will only be in the possession of those who can afford the immense price tag that comes with the levels of exclusivity they bring. We just hope, at least some of the 37 Kimera EVO37s will not end up as garage queens. In 10 or so years, when most cars will probably be electric and sound like a pack of running mice, seeing one of these on the road will bring back fond memories of the more exciting petrol-burning times of old motoring.

Source: Kimera Automobili

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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Cuneo, May 22, 2021 - Albert Einstein said that "Imagination stimulates progress, giving life to evolution". It is thanks to imagination, but also to knowledge, dedication and profound respect, that Kimera Automobili has given life to “an Authentic Evolution”.
Kimera EVO37, in fact, draws its origins from the past, to revive an icon of world motoring, bringing it to the maximum possible performance development, as if the car of the time had been conceived today, with the knowledge and technologies of our days.

The result of this chrono-cultural fusion is an authentic road "custom-built" that is inspired by the ancient Italian sporting glory, created with a contemporary design and construction process, with excellent methodologies typical of the automotive industry and the best of offered by modern technology in the motor industry: 3D scanning, reverse engineering, CAD, CAE, rapid prototyping, CNC milling, sintering, electronics and the ultimate in available technological solutions.

A car that, inspired by the Restomod philosophy, takes this concept to the extreme by combining the style, flavor and charm of one of the most legendary racing "queens" of the 80s, with the characteristics of a modern car in terms of technology, quality and performance.
A tribute that pays homage to those legendary cars of the 80s that were the protagonists of the World Rally Championships, including the last Group B 2-wheel drive to win the world title, beating all-wheel drive rivals. An icon that has made school and has become a cult model for motoring enthusiasts.

The project was conceived with deep respect for the past, immediately involving the work group that at the time gave life to the cars that inspired the EVO37.

Franco “Inox” Innocenti, has transmitted to Kimera Automobili the imprinting of the methodical workshop work, Eng. Claudio Lombardi has therefore completely revised the engine, Eng. Sergio Limone has viewed and approved the layout of the chassis and of the new car, which according to his advice has not been distorted, while Eng. Vittorio Roberti you considered the construction process and the materials of the car correct. In addition, the World Champion Miki Biasion was also involved.

They were joined by other prominent names in the Italian motoring scene and a real technical team was created with the best companies in the Turin hinterland, specialized in the production of cars.

Historic companies that are part of that Piedmontese automotive supply chain, which still has a lot to say and give!

Names well known to professionals: Italtecnica, Bonetto CV, Maps, LAM Stile, Bellasi, CiElle Tronics, Sparco. To which are added those of other Italian excellences: Goodwool, Pakelo, Andreani - Ohlins, Brembo and Pirelli. Companies that represent a technical and cultural heritage, which deserves a great appreciation in this particular moment of the automotive industry

Italian.

The starting point of the EVO37, as at the time for the original car, is the central cell of the chassis of the production Lancia Beta Montecarlo, to which two tubular structures are anchored, on the front and on the rear. Bonetto Cv defined the car set-up and vehicle dynamics on this frame structure. In this "evolution" the tubular structure is self-supporting, as in the Delta S4, in which the airframe is only the "shell" of the passenger compartment frame / roll-bar.

The car has “oversized” Pirelli tires, both in the radius and in the size of the tread, 18 "for the front and 19" in the rear with a lowered shoulder. The suspensions have been completely redesigned, even if they maintain the same layout of the time but evolved, and use components machined from solid and Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers. The braking system is Brembo branded and traditional or carbon ceramic braking bands are available.

With a long, rigorous and detailed design and engineering activity, Kimera Automobili creates a completely new custom-built model, with precious materials and state-of-the-art components.

The result is a final product that represents the maximum expression of all the characteristics inherent in the DNA of the car, exponentially optimized and embellished by modern technology: carbon, kevlar, titanium, steel and aluminum machined from solid, find their synthesis in a racing car. over 500 hp and 550 Nm of torque!

The engine that Kimera Automobili mounted on EVO37 has the same in-line four-cylinder block of the time, but has been redesigned, re-engineered from scratch and built by Italtecnica, under the brilliant leadership of Eng. Claudio Lombardi, already the father of all the engines of the legendary berlinettas of the Martini Racing team.

Kimera Automobili has therefore ennobled, through modern technological processes all the mechanical components that have decreed the many successes of the team in the world rally championships, thanks to a process of scans, reprogramming, revisiting and creation of new mathematics and designs that have made it possible the construction of the EVO37.

The car’s design was conceived by Luca Betti and revisited, optimized and developed, while remaining strongly faithful to the primordial line, by a team of stylists.

The search for styles and details that characterize the EVO37 line is intended to be a tribute and a celebration of the Italian models that have won in the rallies of the 80s-90s.

The skilful interventions made, in fact, want to underline and modernize the muscular lines of the hips, the typical front with four headlights, the rally-inspired rims and as many distinctive features as possible that recall both the character of the "last queen", both that of the sisters who have followed her over time, from which she takes inspiration.

Everything is "mixed" with wisdom and taste, to create a real four-wheeled “sculpture” that is harmonious, balanced, gritty and elegant.

Kimera EVO37 summarizes and synthesizes totally Italian know-how, taste and expertise, especially from Turin, which have produced the four-wheelers that have entered the Olympus of motorsport and automotive.

The potential of skills that the "automotive-valley" of Turin can offer to the country of Italy, must only be grasped, to return to being protagonists in a sector where Italy has always excelled, namely that of design, research, planning , prototyping and production of road and racing sports cars, high-performance and innovative custom-built cars.

This can also happen with niche projects with a very high technological content, because the "renaissance" of the car pole of the third millennium now passes, also and above all, from these exclusive intuitions.

A technological pole of the car, symbol of Italian capacity, dynamism and inventiveness already exists; it only needs to be supported, in order to face the many challenges that globalization has also generated in this industrial sector, together with those linked to the use of new propulsion systems.

Kimera Automobili designs and produces its cars with the same methodology and the same industrial processes of the best known and largest car brands, but with meticulousness and craftsmanship.

of the details and quality of innovative materials and, to do so, it involved the best specialists and suppliers in the automotive sector in the same EVO37 project.

Kimera is a car brand whose mission is to evolve legendary cars, with respect for the past combined with the use of today’s technologies.

The corporate values ​​can be summarized in the passion for cars and the excellence of work, in respect of the intellectual and cultural heritage, in the enhancement of local skills, in the celebration of one’s quality and originality.

Kimera Automobili is a solid entrepreneurial project that is based on years of activity in the automotive sector under other guises, after having already been a protagonist in motorsport, in the

of the World Rally Championship and the main international championships and subsequently as a reality specialized in the recovery, restoration and reconstruction of important vintage cars

Italian and non-Italian.

The name Kimera Automobili, takes up in its symbol the mythological meaning of the winged lioness, but it is also a personal metaphor of the CEO and founder Luca Betti, and in this case it does not remain a utopian dream, but evolves into reality, allowing the dreams of keep living e

shine.

The company headquarters is in Cuneo, at Villa Kimera, a wonderful example of a sumptuous 17th century noble residence, immersed in the greenery of an Italian garden in a large private park. A fabulous and fascinating location, where the offices and the assembly department divided into individual stations are located, as well as several other areas dedicated to hospitality and the organization of events of the highest level. Kimera is a true dream-factory, a combination of tradition and high technology.

Kimera Automobili’s CEO is Luca Betti, born in Cuneo and son of art, with parents and relatives who are drivers and protagonists of road car racing in the 70s and 80s.

The young Luca Betti devoted himself from an early age to his greatest passion, engines and became a successful professional driver. He gets a lot of satisfaction in over 15 years of activity, studded with great victories in important international competitions and championships.

At the same time, Betti does not only dedicate himself to the work of a professional driver, but starts some entrepreneurial activities in various fields. Over the years he created Kimera Motorsport, his own team, with which he obtained significant results both as a driver and as a manager, managing first

person the Junior Team of the Government of Abu Dhabi and some official sporting activities of Red Bull, Ford and Peugeot Sport in rallies.

Kimera Automobili test drivers / ambassadors will be the past champions who competed in the World Rally, with the legendary Martini Racing team.

Miki Biasion, in particular, has carried out the work of conception, design and development of the car from the beginning and will face the final car approval tests together with Luca Betti and other very valid testers. Faithful to his motto “The most beautiful thing a man can do, dressed, is to drive sideways”, the Venetian champion has poured all his wealth of experience accumulated over many years of international competitions into this car. There is a lot of him in this Kimera EVO37.

Due to its technical, performance and reminiscent contents, Kimera Automobili believes that this tailor-made artisan car can arouse considerable international interest.

The car, made in only 37 units of which 11 have already been assigned to important collectors, will be built and delivered to buyers from countries all over the world at a base price of 480,000 euros, and the marketing will be managed directly by Kimera Automobili and by some exclusive and selected dealers.

Kimera Automobili will officially present EVO37 at the next Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in July. The delivery of the first units, currently already in production, is expected to start in September.

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