The beginning


The Career of Gerhard Karlhofer as a professional service technician with successful drivers and teams, as well as winning numerous national and international events were also the fundament for today’s company.


1980

Active and full-time entry in motorsport as a service technician

Setting up the Mitsubishi works team in Austria(Köflach)

 

1981

21 Lancer Turbo 2000 works rally vehicles were manufactured.

Today, one of the few remaining vehicles is exhibited in the motorsports museum in Japan.

 

1982

Drivers like Andrew Cowan, Penti Airikkala and Anders Kulläng were driving several world championship races in the coming years.

Amongst others, like in Finland, Greece, the RAC Rally or also the Safari Rally in Africa.

 

 

1983

Last world championship appearances with Mitsubishi.

The management board in Japan decided in favour of England as future headquarter for the rally division. Photos: Mitsubishi

 

1984

Foundation of an own company: AUTOSPORT Boruta and Karlhofer.

Technical assistance provided from Georg Fischer for Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo 2000 and Peugeot 205.

 

1985

Some starts in rallies even as a driver.

Very good overall rankings achieved with Mitsubishi Lancer.

 

1986

The first positive tests with Fritz Wittmann and the new Lancia Delta and close cooperation arranged with the Lancia plant in Turin.

Set-up and maintenance servicing of a Peugeot 205 T16 in Austria with Fritz Waldherr as driver

 

1987

The first Lancia 4WD (orig. Markku Alén vehicle) was delivered to Austria and fixed for the next international events.

Franz Wittmann wins the rally world championship race in New Zealand and becomes 2nd in the Group A Austrian championships.

 

1988

Yet another successful appearance in the rally world championship. Franz Wittmann reached the 3rd place with the 8V Integrale in Argentina, behind Recalde and Biasion.

Later on, this success was dedicated to the whole service crew around Gerhard Karlhofer. In Austria Wittmann celebrates the Group A national championship title with the 4WD model.

 

1989

Appearances with the 8V Integrale and Franz Wittmann at the world championship races in Australia and Indonesia, as well as starting at the Race of Champions.

Group A Austrian champion with Franz Wittmann and Group N Austrian champion with Christoph Dirtl, also with Lancia Integrale.

 

1990

World championship races in Portugal and Argentina with Ernst Harrach driving 8V and 16V Integrale.

Group A Austrian champion with Ernst Harrach and awarded by Lancia at the motor show in Bologna for their sporty successes.

 

1991

Group A Austrian champion with Christoph Dirtl driving 8V Integrale.

Attempt to set a record in Group A rear axle change during the year-end celebrations.

 

1992/1993

After Lancia’s decision to exit from the rally world championship, Franz Wittmann drove for the Toyota Team and repeatedly won the Group A Austrian championship.

Even this success was, amongst others, assisted by Gerhard Karlhofer.

 

1995

Overall victory of the Fiat Cinquecento Trofeo in Austria and European championships in Spain with driver Herbert Kowald.

The latest competition in Austria with an original Lancia Integrale EVO.(ex. Juha Kankkunen)

 

1998

Establishment of new premises, focussing on the set-up and trading of Lancia Delta Integrale.

KARLHOFER - Delta Integrale