lancia lambda history

Lancia Lambda 1922

Posted: by David Sastre

The Lancia Lambda was one of the most innovative cars of its era.
It was the first car with an unibody frame structure. This design allowed the car to lower its centre of gravity by positioning the engine in a lower position than the body-on-frame structure.

The Lancia Lambda’s innovations included a 4 wheels brake, a new independent front suspension by hydraulic shock absorbers with concentric vertical coil springs and for the first time, there was space in the rear end for luggage. Different body styles were proposed from open cabriolet to torpedo and luxury phaeton.

Its innovations would not be commonly used for another 40 years.

Mr. Lancia was pioneer in many aspects and had a brilliant mind. He drew inspiration from the ship’s hull by considering the great forces of the sea. Using this inspiration, he was able to design the first unitary frame structure, the monocoque.

The Lancia Lambda remains a milestone in automobile engineering and can be considered the first modern car with unibody without separate chassis.

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