Throughout the year you have the opportunity to admire two Zagato models in the museum: an Alfa 2600 in the Sport & Competition zone and a Lancia Hyena in the media zone.
The Hyena is the masterpiece of two young entrepreneurs, Paul Koot and Andrea Zagato. Their wish was to build a limited series based on a Lancia Delta Integrale EVO 2. At the end of February 1992, Fiat Auto gave them permission to build 75 Hyena cars on the rolling chassis of a Delta Integrale EVO 2.
The Hyena is based on the Lancia Delta, a car renowned for its numerous successes in rallies. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979. It was discerned “Car of the Year”1980. Prior to becoming the Hyena, the Delta underwent radical modifications both in the field of chassis and engine. From a basic version with front-wheel-drive and a 4-cylinder 1500cc engine developing 85 bhp, the Delta evolved to a HF turbo of 1600cc with 140bhp followed by HF 4WD, a 4x4 developing 166 bhp. For the most part the basic concept was retained: 4 wheel-drive, a powerful transversal 4-cylinder turbo engine and an "intégrale" 4x4 transmission.
After having for six consecutive years taken 1st place in the World Rally Constructors’ Championship with the Delta, the Hyena defined itself to be more of a touring car, (cfr that of circuit). With this in mind a special McPherson unit was developed in collaboration with Koni.
In 1992, at the 80th Brussels Motor Show an elegant red model of the Hyena was displayed on the "Creativity at the service of design" stand, which Zagato shared with other renowned Italian designers such as Bertone, Italdesign and Pininfarina. In 2014 Paul Koot had this model restored and gifted it to Autoworld.
The Hyena immediately enjoyed numerous positive reactions. 12 Hyena models were sold at the Motor Show and it was thought that the 75 cars foreseen would not be sufficient to meet the demand! However, matters took a different turn. Unfortunately, the Fiat Group did not hold to its promise. Lusso Service (Paul Koot) was finally compelled to order his Delta Integrale EVO 2 with the Dutch importer in the form of a complete car. Lancia could or would not deliver it as a rolling chassis. Ultimately a mere 24 Hyena models were built between 1992 and 1996, 16 for Europe and 8 for Japan.
The Hyena was the last Zagato to be entirely drawn on paper, including the technical drawings, and to be hand built in small series, predominantly out of aluminium sheet metal.
Weight: 1 120 kg
Power: 220 to 300 bhp
Top: 250 km/h