Kimera K39 revealed as a Pikes Peak racing car inspired by the Lancia 037

Kimera K39 revealed as a Pikes Peak racing car inspired by the Lancia 037

Italian restomod builder Kimera has recently unveiled the K39, a groundbreaking new racer that is being hailed as the first ‘hyper retromod’ in existence. The K39 draws inspiration from the iconic Group 5 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, embodying the car’s distinctive ‘silhouette’ construction with a bespoke chassis draped in stunning road car bodywork.

Unlike Kimera’s previous creations, the Evo37 and Evo38, which were based on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo shell, the K39 features a carbonfibre monocoque that promises to take performance to a whole new level. While the technical details of the K39 are still under wraps, Kimera’s references to the Group 5 racer suggest that it will be powered by the same twin-charged 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine found in the Evo37 and Evo38, but with a significant power boost beyond the 600bhp mark.

Excitingly, the K39 is set to compete in next year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, with Kimera eyeing the record currently held by an electric car. The Italian firm’s ambition to challenge the 7min 57.148sec time set by the Volkswagen ID R speaks to the sheer performance potential of the K39, especially as it will not be hindered by the thin, oxygen-poor air at high altitudes.

Following its Pikes Peak debut, a road-going version of the K39 will be introduced to the market in limited numbers, offering enthusiasts the chance to own a piece of automotive history. With its combination of retro styling and cutting-edge technology, the K39 represents a new chapter in the evolution of restomod cars, pushing boundaries and setting new performance benchmarks for future generations to aspire to.