Way back in the early 1990s, Lancia and Ferrari teamed up to develop a Group C racer that would go head to head with the Porsche 956, Jaguar XJR-9, Mazda 787, among others.
It was called the LC2 and looks lovely – even though it never did find the laurels it was gunning for. The model will be up for grabs during the RM Sotheby’s Demise Ruote sale in Milan, Italy, and this one-of-a-kind Lancia-Ferrari LC2 racer has the chassis number 0009 – having been raced on circuits such as the Le Mans, the Nurburgring, and Magny-Cours in France, just to name a few. The model was developed by Cesare Florio, former chief of Martini Racing, using Lancia for development, Ferrari for an engine, and Abarth and Dallara for a chassis.
Such culmination of skills and talent actually failed to produce a competitive vehicle – even though the Ferrari 2.6-liter biturbo V8 was more powerful then what the Porsche 956 had under the hood, reliability issues made it secure just three wins and 13 poles in 51 races under the Lancia-Martini livery. This LC2 was one of the last to be used before the program was scrapped and has a red exterior finish with most of the original components, such as harness seat belts and Dunlop racing tires.