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May 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm by Robinson | Photography by Michael

The UPS truck comes almost day to Car and Driver . but some days are than others. Last the big brown truck dropped off a box the Chinese model maker and inside was a jewel of rally exquisitely rendered in 1/18th The Lancia Delta S4 is the kind of racing subject you don’t find in the model world, is dominated nearly to … by of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Corvettes, and NASCAR racers.

However, AUTOart, a company we a few years ago with a visit to bustling factory in Guangzhou, has a reputation for making highly collectibles out of lesser-known subjects, stuff like the Alfa Montreal and the World War II Willys In an office cluttered with cars, this one, slashed up with the famous and red Martini war paint that, upon a time, represented the of Italian racing cool, C/D staffers in their tracks.

and engineering talent are like and air, always waiting for a to light it off. In 1982, the FIA a match with its new Group B for world rallying. Up to that rally cars maintained a link to roadgoing production but Group B effectively smashed link by requiring that 200 street-legal cars be built to an entry.

Furthermore, the category allowed all of experimentation with what then advanced technologies, Kevlar composite bodywork to forced induction.

Car companies in with megadollar moon-shot and the result was a flotilla of monster including the Audi Quattro, the RS200, the Peugeot 205 T16, and the R5 Turbo. The crowds swelled, and the era is as known for its scenes of speeding parting seas of idiotically souls standing in the road as for its

No car epitomizes that era, or its following a series of fatal more than the Lancia S4. It was a rushed replacement for Lancia’s Group B effort, the gorgeous which was initially successful but handicapped in competition by its rear-wheel In contrast, the much boxier S4 had the shape of Lancia’s plebeian hatchback, but it was a Delta in name

Underneath the Kevlar bodywork was a and four-wheel-drive racing machine of sophistication. Within the chromoly-tube was a 1759-cc Abarth four-cylinder was both supercharged and turbocharged to a to produce close to 500 horsepower. The gearbox fed torque to a Ferguson coupling, which distributed it limited-slip differentials and on to the four

The S4 arrived just in time for the rally of the ’85 season, the 34th RAC in the United Kingdom, which it won by taking first and second

AUTOart’s rendition of the Henri Lombard winner is one its “Signature” meaning that the detail is stratospheric and the list price, at isn’t low either. However, 383 separate metal and plastic the model is practically museum

Every panel opens, the hood concealing the water and buckled-in spare tire, to the hiding the fully detailed to the engine hatch that up on hinges to reveal the mega-boosted Gorgon. Even the roof over the driver and navigator open.

Under the rear every inch of the S4’s of plumbing is painstakingly replicated painted and photo-etched parts, the massive twin intercoolers for the and turbocharger. The model’s suspension are real springs.

As with all models, the exhaustive decoration is a of wet-transfer decals and an automated tattooing process called printing. A YouTube video the model’s assembly can be seen .

So far, AUTOart has revealed versions of the S4. The company tends to its models in batches of just a thousand depending on the subject, and shelve the tooling. So once out of stock, it may be years—or never—before it re-released.

If these photos you twitching, don’t wait.

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