What is an Omicron?



Many people are unaware, but Lancia had an active commercial vehicle division which produced high quality and innovative vehicles until the late 1960’s.   Like the road cars, they were renowned for their engineering and quality.

The Omicron was one of these commercial vehicles, with over 600 examples being built between 1927 and 1936.

Initially they were fitted with a 7 litre, 6 cylinder petrol engine, but later examples used a 2 or 3 cylinder horizontally opposed 2 stroke engine built under license from Junkers.    A wide variety of bus or truck bodies were fitted.

Do any survive?

Origin of our company name

The fact that the Omicron was a Lancia commercial vehicle is a useful co-incidence, but the naming of the company was based upon a mistaken belief.

Martin’s expertise in turbochargers at Holset took him to Lotus Cars as principle engineer on the Lotus Turbo Esprit engine.   It was mistakenly believed, that the lower case version of the Greek letter omicron, was similar to the design of a sectioned turbocharger.     Additionally the -micron element of the name suggested precision.      The error was later uncovered, and it is the lower case form of sigma that is similar to the turbocharger, but by then the name was established.