The Lancia Delta is a Group A rally car with over 46 wins to its name. Following the ban on Group B cars in 1986, Lancia responded quickly to changing rules with the Delta. This rally car won six manufacturer and four driver championships between 1987 and 1992. Its dominance during this period is due to its superior combination of power and four-wheel drive combined with extreme weight-saving measures.
This WRC car is a five-door hatchback with a 2 L turbocharged engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Two variants of the Lancia Delta raced during this period. The Delta HF 4WD began the reign and was replaced by the Integrale. The latter has larger wheels, bigger brakes, more horsepower, and better suspension than the former.
From 2004 to 2012, Citroen and Sebastien Loeb won every World Rally Championship to become the top driver and manufacturer in the history of rallying. Loeb claimed his nine titles with three different Citroen rally cars, but the highest win total came from the Citroen C4. As Citroen's rally cars go, the C4 replaced the Xsara and gave way to the DS3. This two-door hatchback debuted at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally where it won after leading from start to finish. During its reign, the C4 won all races on asphalt.
It was the Toyota Celica that ended the winning run of the Lancia Delta. The Celica GT-Four took away the crown from the Delta in 1990 and, although the Lancia reclaimed the title in 1991, the World Rally Championship titles of 1992, 1993, and 1994 went to the Celica Turbo 4WD. The Celica's 1990 victory was the first time a Japanese manufacturer would win with a turbocharged all-wheel drive rally car.
That win opened up a flood of WRC victories for other Japanese automakers, including Subaru and Mitsubishi. The Celica's reign also bolstered sales and established the production model as a veritable sports car. The WRC victories also encouraged Toyota to take its racing aspirations to the Formula One.
Just as Sebastien Loeb and Citroen rally cars were a perfect match, Tommi Makinen and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution became the stuffs of WRC legend. Makinen first won the World Rally Championship in 1996. He drove a Lancer Evolution III to claim five wins during that season. The following year, he won with the Lancer Evolution IV.
Although he began the 1998 season with this car, he finished it with the Lancer Evolution V. However, 1999 saw him race and win with the all-new Lancer Evolution VI. To celebrate his WRC dominance, Mitsubishi released a special edition Evolution VI in 1999. The Tommi Makinen Edition of the Evolution VI came in red and has red/black Recaro racing seats with the driver's logo embossed on them. WRC enthusiasts commonly refer to it as the Evolution 6.5.
The Impreza is a remarkable rally car not only because of the number of titles it holds but also because different drivers drove it to each of its WRC victories. It wrestled for the WRC crown with the Peugeot 206 during the early 2000s but eventually scored more victories. Colin McRae took the Subaru Impreza to its first victory at the 1995 World Rally Championship.
Then, Richard Burns repeated the feat in 2001 followed by Petter Solberg in 2003. Even though it did not pick up another title for the next decade, the Impreza was not done with WRC drivers. Tommi Makinen raced the four-door Impreza WRX STI on the iconic Nurburbring to set a lap record of 7:55 minutes.