Lancia Stratos reborn -- a modern take on a legendary classic
Spy images of a stunning remake of one of the world's greatest rally cars have been floating around the web for a while now, but at last, the truth has come out. This contemporary take on the brilliant Lancia Stratos HF is the wish fulfillment of wealthy German entrepreneur Michael Stoschek and his son, Maxmillian. Originally re-envisioned by Jason Castriota -- ex-Pininfarina and Bertone penman who recently left his own consultancy to become the head of design at the new Saab -- this exclusive mid-engine GT will make its formal debut in November at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. While complete details on have yet to be revealed, it promises to be the thrill of a lifetime for Stoschek -- and possibly up to 24 other well-heeled auto aficionados.
Where the original Lancia Stratos HF was powered by a 2.4-liter V6 engine from a Dino Ferrari, this spiritual successor to one of the most legendary rally cars of the 1970s is based around a shortened version of the modern Ferrari F430 Scuderia chassis and uses its 4.3-liter/510-horsepower mid-ship mounted V8 engine. Constructed by Pininfarina with final exterior and interior details being provided by Luca Borgogno, the Lancia Stratos revivial features an integral roll cage as part of its ultra-rigid carbon-fiber body and boasts a 50/50 weight distribution along with a projected curb weight of just 2,650 pounds. While current safety regulations have precluded retaining the pop-up headlamps found on the original Stratos, this modern remake maintains virtually all of that car's signature shapes and proportions.
Inside, the Stoschek's reincarnated Lancia Stratos also mixes classic and contemporary cues, offering details like a combination of analog and digital instrumentation as well as a bespoke in-door helmet storage area. Initial shakedown tests at the Balocco Circuit in Italy have reportedly shown it to be most capable. Whether or not this dream machine even goes beyond its current one-off status remains to be seen, but no matter what ultimately transpires, we can't wait to see the finished product when it finally does go public.