Group B rallying's demise left a vacuum that Lancia duly filled with the Group A Deltas, trouncing all comers for years. We drive the ultimate road-going version of the iconic Integrale.
There's a faint whirring noise emanating from in front of you, a beautifully mechanical tone. From the rear, a slightly offbeat thrum, not as gruff as a Subaru's flat-four growl, but characterful nonetheless. Compared to the industrial drone of most turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, this is very different.
The vents at the rear of the bonnet emit a shimmering heat haze, as the hot air in the engine…