The Hyena concept:
early 1990’s, Lusso Service Holland decided to recreate the enthusiasm that
surrounded cars built at the peak of Zagato’s collaboration with Lancia in the
1960’s. The brief was simple, design a classic two-door coupe incorporating
Zagato’s much-loved styling ques, such as the ‘double-bubble’ roof. The design
was completed by Marco Pedracini of the Zagato Style Centre and was unveiled at
the 1992 Brussels motor show.
was built on the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 1, and was designed to be a limited-run
production coupe paying tribute to the Delta and its phenomenal competition
success. Initially there were plans to build around 500 examples, but this was
quickly adjusted to 75, with only 25 Hyena’s actually completed due to
unexpectedly high production costs.
manufacturing process of this car was incredibly expensive. Lusso Service
purchased 25 Delta’s and shipped them to Holland where the body and interiors were
removed. Next, the cars were sent to Zagato in Milan, Italy to be fitted with
new aluminium coupe bodies before returning to Holland where Lusso Service
completed the assembly. This manufacturing process led to a hefty price of
complete, the Hyena weighed 1,150 kgs, roughly 15% lighter than the production
Delta Integrale, whilst retaining it’s 1,995 cc engine, five-speed manual
transmission and four-wheel drive system, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 5.4
This Lancia Hyena:
owner of this Hyena was an English banker who was searching for a fun, exciting
and comfortable car to commute between his UK and Italian homes. Before
delivery, the owner had a few improvements in mind, including increasing the
power to 300 bhp by means of a new gas-flowed cylinder head, ‘fast road’
camshafts and tubular exhaust manifold, changes that made for a wider power
band whilst enhancing driving characteristics. These improvements also
increased to power-to-weight ratio to be greater than a new Porsche 911 Carrera
S. With this increase in performance, it was also decided that cross-drilled
and grooved brakes would be fitted, along with a 90-litre competition fuel cell
giving a 450-mile range. The interior also benefitted from an upgraded stereo
system, whilst also retaining the Delta rear seat option.
bought by its second owner in October 2004, this Hyena was sent to Mavcorse
Preparazione Sportive in Milan, Italy, to be repainted in the fabulous dual-layer
black we see today. During the repainting, the interior was removed and
Teknofibra insulating material was installed to improve noise cancelling in the
cabin, with the same material also being fitted to sections of the engine bay
to manage both heat and noise. This Hyena was later purchased by its current owner
in 2012, before being registered in France.
camshafts, valve springs, adjustable camshaft pulleys, a Garrett GT28
Turbocharger, silicone water and oil hoses, an enlarged intercooler, carbon air
intake, adjustable twin-piston pop off valve, real-time engine mapping and
boost gauge, Koni Yellow sports dampers and a dished OMP steering wheel, this car
is unique and offers the driver the ultimate Hyena experience.
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