Growing up with a father who supplied tools to Ferrari would likely spark an interest in cars in even the least automotively inclined of children, but for Eugenio it was the gateway to a career as a professional racing driver, winning Lamborghini's Super Trofeo series and taking part in the Dakar rally. He has amassed quite the personal collection as well, including a Ferrari F40, Porsche 911 GT1, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, and a Lancia Delta S4 Stradale.
Even amongst such vaunted company, it's that last car which is crucial here. Because it's a passion for the beleaguered Italian marque and a desire to #MakeLanciaGreatAgain that has lead Eugenio and his company, Automobili Amos, to create this: the Delta Futurista.
Based on an Integrale 16V - because the Evoluziones "need to be preserved" - the Futurista has been redesigned from the ground up, with construction seeing the replacement of over 1,000 components, sourced from across Italy. Over these a two-door, hand-beaten, aluminium widebody has been placed, with carbon fibre front and rear bumpers, bonnet, boot lid and rear spoiler all helping to keep the car's weight down to just 1,250kg.
The engine benefits from a modern intake system, an uprated intercooler, and a new exhaust for a claimed output of 330hp - as well as a refreshed wiring loom, for obvious reasons. Underneath, the suspension and geometry setups have been completely revised to promote oversteer rather than understeer, and inside custom Alcantara Recaro seats are the highlight of a beautifully appointed interior.
Each example should take three to four months to build, although Eugenio doesn't plan to create more than 15. From its Verde Brinzio paint - similar to the shade found on Amos's F40 - to the copper and shellac badges - produced by the same company which created Enzo Ferrari's very first Cavallino Rampante - the staggering attention to detail, as well as the bespoke nature of the project, should leave it as no surprise that this is a £250,000 machine.
For Eugenio, though, the project isn't about creating a dozen or so garage-bound investments for wealthy collectors, but rather an attempt to restore some of the style, drama and passion which has deserted the automotive industry in an era of low emissions and high safety standards. An ethos which comes through in the video below. Now, if only we can get him to pick up on a few of our own ideas...
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