Lancia Fulvia (circuit racing & hill climbing)
The Fulvia is best known for its rallying success, but the car was also campaigned on the track as well.
During 1967, Lancia entered the coupe for several races of the ETCC (European Touring Car Championship).
The cars were also campaigned at the Nürburgring 6 hour endurance race, finishing in 6th and 9th places, plus the Marathon de la Route, an 84 hour endurance event, held mainly on the Nürburgring circuit, but finishing at Liege in Belgium. Lancia won this with a 1.6HF, covering 332 laps, although the team was given a 10 lap penalty for making unauthorised repairs.
Lancia raced a Coupe 1.3HF at the 1967 and 1968 Sebring 12 hour race, finishing 14th overall in 1967, and again in 1968, but running with a prototype 1400cc engine.
For 1968 and 1969 Daytona 24 hour races, Lancia entered Zagato bodied Fulvia Sports, retiring in 1968 because of overheating problems but finishing in 11th position overall in 1969. These cars had 140bhp 1400cc engine in 1968 and 154bhp 1600HF engine in 1969. These cars were also campaigned at Sebring 12 hour endurance race, finished in 17th position overall.
Zagato also prepared about 20 1300cc Fulvia Sports for racing, these being known as the 'Competitizione' and were used for privateers in various Italian road and circuit events during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Cesare Fiorio prepared some special cars with the assistance of Claudio Maglioli which became known as the "F&M" specials - two lightwight (690kg) cars were prepared using a shortened body with no roof and these won their classes in the 1969 Targa Florio and the Nürburgring 1000km races. The last version, known as the "F&M 2" was even lighter, tipping the scales at 635kg and this was quite successful as a hill climb car, especially when fitted with a 162bhp 1600cc engine fitted.
© 2001: Andrew Cliffe www.lanciaracing.co.uk