FIA Group B rally had extremely loose regulations that resulted in some downright dangerous creations. Like every other fast, dangerous race series, Group B was short-lived and was folded after four years at the end of the 1986 season.
One of the more advanced Group B entries was the Lancia Delta S4. While some Group B cars featured a mid-engine layout, forced induction or all-wheel drive, the Delta S4 utilized all three, boasting a mid-mounted engine 1.7-liter engine with both a turbocharger and supercharger and all-wheel drive.
Like many race fans who grew up in the 1980s, John Campion has an affinity for Group B rally machines. Campion, who emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland with just $26 in his pocket, recently sat down with Petrolicious to show off his collection of rally cars, but he mostly wanted to tout his Lancia Delta S4.
We can’t blame for Campion for wanting to share his S4 over everything else in his collection. The S4 was by far the most advanced racecar of the 1980s when it debuted and as a result is one of the most iconic rallying machines of all-time. Besides, even if you’re not a big rallying fan, it’s hard not to love its no compromise design, turbofan wheels and deliciously ‘80s headlamps.
Hear what Campion has to say about his Lancia Delta S4 above.