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WRC Champion Miki Biasion helps develop Lancia Ypsilon HF & Lancia Ypsilon Rally 4 HF

WRC Champion Miki Biasion helps develop Lancia Ypsilon HF & Lancia Ypsilon Rally 4 HF

Jun 08, 2024

“Lancia is taking another step forward in its Renaissance journey. In late May, we previewed two major new models, to be launched officially in 2025: the New Lancia Ypsilon HF, the high-performance version in the first car of the brand’s new era; and the Lancia Ypsilon Rally 4 HF, the model that will mark Lancia’s official return to the world of rallying, in line with its legendary sporting history. The natural ‘spokesperson’ for this dual comeback could only be Miki Biasion, the most successful Italian rally driver of all time, who contributed to making Lancia the brand that won more than any other in the sport’s history. His many years of experience with the Lancia Corse team will be fundamental to the development of both cars. It is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the brand’s Renaissance, characterized by ambition, pragmatism and humility, fully in line with the brand’s DNA.” stated Lancia brand CEO Luca Napolitano.

“I’m highly honored to be able to support the Lancia Product Team in the adjustment of the setup and handling of the Ypsilon HF, offering genuine sporty driving pleasure to its drivers. I’m also delighted to work with the Stellantis Motorsport Team on refining the performance of the Ypsilon Rally 4 HF: setup, braking, and engine calibration. I hope I can inspire all the young drivers making their way with our Lancia Ypsilon Rally 4 HF, towards becoming the professionals and champions of the future. The Lancia of victories and races is back, and I’m more than glad to be part of that!” stated Miki Biasion.

Miki Biasion is an icon in the history of motorsport, having contributed to making Lancia the most successful brand of all time, with 15 World Rally Championships, three Constructors’ and Endurance World Championships, one 1000 Miglia, twice the Targa Florio, once the Carrera Panamericana.

Biasion made his debut in Lancia colors at the wheel of the Rally 037 Gr. B. In 1983, the year he competed in and won the Italian and European championships. From 1986, he only raced in rallies included in the world championship: in his first year, he took the Delta S4 to victory in Argentina. Results improved even further in the next season; his five victories in 1988 included his first world title with the Delta Integrale Gr. A. In 1989, Biasion joined the ranks of two-time world champions, and in both years also won the Safari Rally in Africa, the only Italian ever to have done so.

Biasion therefore inextricably linked his name to this brand in the 1980s and ’90s, becoming the most successful Italian driver of all time, having driven the Martini Racing Team’s iconic Delta to triumph in the 1988 and 1989 World Championships.


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