Lancia Fulvia Profile

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Lancia Fulvia General Information

The Fulvia was Lancia's first big rally car. There were a few occasions that a Lancia Flavia was rallied (check reg plate TO 714001), but it was with the Fulvia that Lancia took rallying serious for the first time.

It is actually quite surprising that Lancia - without any doubt one of the makes, if not THE make whose name is synonymous with the WRC - actually started quite late. In fact if you look at other car manufacturers, with the exception of the Japanese firms, Lancia became involved with rallying far later than its opposition. The first time ever a Lancia entry with works involvement was recorded was a Fulvia group 2 in Monte 1966 (with exception reg plate named above). They didn't start running the Fulvia properly until 1969. This compares to Ford who entered works Anglia and Zephyr already back in the 1940s and in fact recorded a Rallye Monte Carlo win already in 1936, while Peugeot i.e. won the Rallye Monte Carlo with a works 201 in 1932 and the record books - believe it or not - show a certain Armand Peugeot competing in rallies back in the 1890s!!!!

Ok, if Lancia's rally heritage was tiny in duration compared to Ford and Peugeot, it wasn't the less impressive for it and the Lancia Fulvia was a good start to history in the making. In fact names that came to first glory in the Fulvia include Harry Kallström, Simo Lampinen and Sandro Munari and these are resounding names even today!

Very interesting is that at the same time Lancia's mother company Fiat joined rallying and soon turned Lancia's main competitor. And maybe this is the key to the Fulvia story and such how the Italians started to influence rallying's history.

For one the Fulvia had a very unusual layout, FWD, a V4 cylinder engine with a narrow V-angle that therefore already built short and not too wide. The V-shape was such narrow angle that the 2 banks used 1 cylinder head. We learn, when Volkswagen tells you their VR6 principle was their idea, they are lying! On top of that on the Fulvia the V4 engine was strongly tilted to the left in the engine bay, which allowed to fit radiator and auxilliaries to the right. This allowed big engines into a compact car and quite likely was the reason why people wanted to rally it.

For the other, from 1966 till 1968 the Fulvia had 1.2 or 1.3 litre engines, but from 1969 the same layout was available with a 1.6 engine. Not only that, the HF 1.6 had bigger valves and bigger carburators as well, and the Fulvia was moved from group2 to group4, making this a gigantic increase. And that was when not only Lancia became really serious as a works team, Fiat must have been wondering if they just had bought Lancia for Lancia to create a monster and get a better sports image than the mother herself....

....So note:

We have not specifically listed the 1.2 & 1.3 litre versions of this car. All entries you find in reg plates histories before 1969 will have been group2 ones with smaller engines. But when things became serious in 1969, Lancia's mother company Fiat joined the party with a car from the same market segment. But when the Lancia Fulvia happened to be a well evolved car in 1969, the Fiat 124 Spider was a newcomer to rallying. Please look at the Fiat 124 Abarth story to compare these 2 cars and basically read part 2 of this story!
 

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Lancia Fulvia Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Lancia Fulvia 1.3 (0-0) 105/6800 130/5300 3935.1570.1330 800 (7.6) FWD (2330)
Lancia Fulvia HF 1.6 (73-77) 165/7200 172/6000 3935.1570.1330 825 (5) FWD (2330)

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Lancia Fulvia Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
3rd. 1974 WRC Safari Rally S. Munari L. Drews #10 [UNKNOWN] 12:22:00
11th. 1974 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta M. Doughty #7 [UNKNOWN] 16:15:00
6th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo . Morielli . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] 10:13:12
7th. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Magnani . "Rudy" #71 [UNKNOWN] 10:15:10
8th. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo H. Kallström C. Billstam #16 [UNKNOWN] 5:52:15
4th. 1973 WRC Swedish Rally H. Kallström C. Billstam #3 [UNKNOWN] 9:37:14
38th. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Ballestrieri S. Maiga #2 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Lampinen P. Sodano #11 [UNKNOWN] 8:15:33
7th. 1973 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Pregliasco A. Garzoglio #14 [UNKNOWN] 8:15:00

Lancia Fulvia Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Pons . UNKNOWN #78 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Ballestrieri S. Maiga #16 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Swedish Rally O. Andersson P. Sodano #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Ballestrieri S. Maiga #19 [UNKNOWN] SS99 driveshaft
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Munari M. Mannucci #11 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Lampinen P. Sodano #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 driveshaft