Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
A few behind-the-scenes snaps here from a shoot Chris Frosin and I did for Joe Macari's S4 Stradale.
It's a brutal and uncompromising car, yet at the same time it carries a certain delicacy and elegance. Group B rallying's homologation stipulations were such that every manufacturer involved had to make a number of road-going variants of their competition machines (you can imagine how bonkers it would be to potter to the shops in a Ford RS200 or Metro 6R4...), and Lancia's approach was to make the flabberghasting twin-charged Delta S4 a rather genteel proposition. Peel back the function-over-form clamshells and you'll find all of the focused, purposeful machinery designed for being devastating and noisy in forests and snowy hairpins - albeit detuned somewhat to be a bit less terrifying - but when you swing open the lightweight doors you're greeted with sumptuous trimming like a finely tailored suit. It's surreal.
You can read all about it in Retro Cars magazine - you'll find it on the cover of the issue that's on the shelves later this week.