GCK'S LANCIA DELTA MAKES WORLD RX DEBUT
GCK Motorsport will join the World Rallycross Championship next week with a car first launched… in 1987! But be warned: lurking under the iconic Lancia Delta Evo-e RX bodywork is a highly modern chassis and two electric motors.
With six consecutive titles from 1987 to 1992, the Lancia Delta remains the most successful car in the history of the World Rally Championship (WRC) and although the car went out of production 30 years ago, Giorgetto Giugiaro’s compact, angular design still commands admiration.
Guerlain Chicherit was born in 1978 and is one of a generation inspired by Didier Auriol’s exploits while growing up. It was only natural, therefore, that the French entrepreneur turned to this emblematic model when he launched his car retrofit business in 2020. The Lancia Delta Evo-e "road version" is currently in the final homologation phase in France and will soon go into production.
The time has come for the car to show what it’s capable of in the sporting arena… and only a world championship will do! Announced for November 2021 and awaited for weeks by fans of the discipline, the Lancia Delta Evo-e RX will make its debut in World RX at the at Germany’s Nürburgring on 12-13 November, pitted against the very latest models from the likes of Peugeot, Seat and VW.
Underneath its true-to-original bodywork, the Lancia Delta Evo-e RX houses a tubular structure compliant with the safety standards in the FIA 2022 regulations. The chassis was designed and put together at GCK Performance in Issoire, in central France. Specific tooling was required, and it took over 1,200 hours to build
With 500 kW (680 hp) under the bonnet, the car boasts twice the power of a Formula E car and, even more impressive, it accelerates from 0-100 kph in just 1.8 seconds… that’s seven-tenths faster than an F1 car by the same measure! The secret? Four-wheel drive and the combination of two Kreisel Electric motors delivering 250 kW each (the electric drivetrain kit used by all the cars competing in the championship).
GCK Motorsport will not have set its sights too high for this first outing against its more experienced rivals (9 races have already been contested). The team is instead approaching the event as a full-scale test session and the ideal way to prepare for 2023, when they are bound to hold loftier ambitions.
Chicherit says: “I am very happy to be back in World RX, one year after my last participation on the Nürburgring circuit. One thing is sure, our Lancia Delta Evo-e will stand out from the crowd of more modern cars that make up this spectacular championship. I’d like to congratulate GCK Performance for the fantastic job they’ve done over the last nine months. The build quality and level of finish are incredible. I know that it’ll impress plenty of people out there. We’ll now need a bit of time to get to grips with the car and make it competitive. I’m just eager to be on track!”
About Guerlain Chicherit
Born on 20 May 1978, Guerlain Chicherit made a name for himself in the 2000s as four-time freeride ski world champion. At the same time, he embarked on a motor racing career and won the France Terre rally championship in a Citroën Saxo in 2003, stepping on to the scratch finish podium three times (Auvergne, Provence and Cévennes). He then became an official Citroën driver in the Junior WRC. In 2009, he won the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. In 2010, he finished fifth in the Dakar Rally, including a stage win, his best result to date. In 2023, he will combine his love of rally
raids and rallycross in a two-pronged racing programme with GCK Motorsport, at the wheel of the Prodrive Hunter and the Lancia Delta Evo-e RX.
About GCK Motorsport
Founded in 2017 by Guerlain Chicherit, GCK Motorsport showed excellent potential from the start with several podium places in the FIA World Rallycross. In 2020 the team joined Green Corp Konnection (GCK), a group of industrial companies promoting innovative technologies for greener mobility. The racing arm of the group is a test bed for the ground-breaking solutions, serving to prove their reliability and high-performance in gruelling real-life conditions. One of the group’s targets is to be the first to win the Dakar with a hydrogen-powered car.