Lancia's CEO hints at potential comeback to WRC with Ypsilon

The CEO of Lancia, Luca Napolitano, says that the Italian car brand is working on returning to World Rally Championship in the future after 33 years absence from the sport.

Lancia was running in World Rally Championship from 1971 to 1992 with many iconic cars, such as Integrale HF, and won seven constructors titles. An Italian media stated two months ago that Lancia may return back to rallying next year with a Rally2 car while the new Ypsilon made its world premiere this morning and entered the HF family. Moreover, Stellantis Group desires to revive the Lancia brand in motorsport by rejoining the WRC, but their initial plan is to race in WRC2 class for two years before their competing at the top class in 2027 in order to make a more competitive Ypsilon rallying car for the main category. Last but not least, Lancia presented a new HF logo a week ago while the film "Race for Glory: Audi vs. Lancia" came out on 5 January 2024.

"At the occasion of the debut of the movie Race for Glory in the major Italian theatres, I am delighted to unveil the new HF logo, which will make its debut on the New Lancia Ypsilon HF, before being used on the future high-performance versions of the brand", Napolitano said.

"After the presentation of the New Lancia Ypsilon, the first car of the brand new era, today we take another step ahead in the path to Renaissance, to emphasise the brand’s most brutal and radical soul and its commitment to focusing on performance models.

"Will we return to the Rally? 

"We are working on it".


Photo Credits: Lancia

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