• Aug 14, 2010
Lancia Stratos – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Lancia Stratos revival project that we've been hearing about for the past week or so is much farther along than we thought, as engineers did some running at northern Italy's Balocco test track in late June. For the first time, we've seen the new car alongside an original Stratos and the designers have done a remarkable job in recreating the classic's unique shape, size and proportions.

This new Stratos arrives during the 40th anniversary year of the Marcello Gandini-designed Stratos Zero concept, whose name was later resurrected for the rally car and homologation special. Like the 1970s-era Stratos, power reportedly comes from a Ferrari engine, this time a V8 probably donated from the F430. (The original used the 2.4-liter Dino V6.) Italiaspeed reports that the new car is so true to the concept of the original that it even has door-mounted helmet storage. The bodywork has apparently been crafted in carbon fiber and as many as five prototypes may already be running. If so, this is not likely the one-off that was originally speculated, but a car that could see a limited production run like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

Check out Top Gear's take on the original Stratos after the jump. For a good history lesson on the Lancia Stratos, pick up the September 2010 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car at your local bookstore, as one of this month's feature vehicles is a 1976 Stratos, and the article has an informative backgrounder on the car's journey from design concept to rally icon.



[Source: Italiaspeed]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      The lack of flip up headlights ruins it for me. Bring them back!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hear that, although wind noise when they are in use, and the added complications of the mechanism should be considered. Also, they look ungainly when deployed.

        But I'm also a fan of them!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is a little thing called pedestrian safety laws.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've been outlawed by pedestrian crash regulations.
        When was the last time you saw *any* new car with pop-up lighting units?

        For me, it was the C5 Vette.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yet more reasons why pedestrian safety standards should be simply this:

        STAY THE HELL OUT OF THE ROAD, PEDESTRIANS!


        I'd love to see a method of changing from a body-colored blank panel, to a flush-glassed in headlight housing. maybe by flipping it over, or a retractable panel, or something.

        Really the only thing about flip-up headlights are that they are body-color flat panels when they are closed. They all look ungainly when they are up. The new ways of packaging headlight fixtures have met or exceeded the aerodynamic feature of having flush-closing headlights, plus they are lighter, and don't require mechanicals that are subject to failure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "[w/ video]" is extremely misleading. Not cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks, Nunez.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, not cool Autoblog!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know what? You're right. Gone it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is a more recent HD Lancia video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quPkO5OarzU
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any chance someone 6'5" will be able to fit in that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please, no flatplane crank v8 in this car, they sound like two four bangers in a fight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ................Which is the best sound an engine can make.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That you're complaining about the sound of the exhaust, and disrespecting 4-pots doesn't make sense.

        There have been plenty of ANGRY and fun 4-pots to drive. F1 ran turbo 1.5 liter fours in the 80's, and they generated over 1000 HP in qualifying.

        Honda's F20 engine is the best 4 cylinder I've ever driven. Many hold Mitsubishi's 4G63 as the best four cylinder ever made. Some argue that with Nissan's SR20DET.

        While it's nice when the exhaust sounds nice, it doesn't matter so much as the performance. My buddy would say "my car's a performance machine, not a musical instrument."
      • 4 Years Ago
      still beautiful
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like it could be Robin's trainer-Batmobile. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stratos in the 2nd Top Gear clip is not an original Lancia Stratos. Its a kit car made by Hawk Cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Writing Error": Fiat sold it
      • 4 Years Ago
      A V8 Ferrari engine and carbon fiber body ensures that a new Stratos will be as likely to find its way into my garage as an old Stratos. Oh well. I'm still delighted that Lancia is building it. Can't wait to learn more about this breathtaking automobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is actually a one-off made by Pininfarina for a German Entrepreneur (Michael Stoschek). He is a major shareholder of an auto component manufacturer, and was previously involved in a Lancia Stratos design concept shown at the Geneva Auto Show in 2005.

      The new Stratis has a carbon fiber body with an integrated roll bar, and is based on a shortened Ferrari Scuderia chassis. It is light weight (1,240kg) which should provide excellend power to weight ratio (estimated at 2.25 kg/hp). The V8 appears to be a Scuderia engine.

      Pininfarina may end up building a small series of 25, but this hasn't been decided, yet.

      Source:
      http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/news/new-lancia-stratos-eine-legende-kehrt-als-einzelstueck-zurueck-2217136.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can get more info and photos from the official website new-stratos.

      It says that the car was designed and built for Michael Stoschek, the owner of the Brose Group. The designers were Jason Castriota and Luca Borgogno.

      They haven't decided if the exclusive series of 25 vehicles would be built or not.
      So, don't dream much and keep your hands away. A Hawk or Corse replica is for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Avery wicked little car cometh, but probably not here unfortunately.
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