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The New Lancia Stratos project has made itself even more legitimate by getting a full-blown presence on the web. Well... kinda. While there is a fresh website for the New Stratos, much of the car's precious details are blacked-out. We assume that will change leading up to the car's official debut, which the website confirms will take place in November.

We also learn that the Stratos revival is a private project by Michael Stoschek, a successful businessman who heads the fifth-largest auto parts supplier in Germany and campaigned as a vintage rally car driver, along with his son Maximilian. As rumored, the New Stratos is indeed based on the guts of a Ferrari F430 and its bodywork is crafted completely from carbon fiber, allowing for a power-to-weight ratio of less than five pounds per horsepower and a 50:50 weight distribution.

Confirmation also comes that Jason Castriota was in charge of the design at Pininfarina until he left for Stile Bertone. Pininfarina's Luca Borgogno apparently completed the project, including its interior. It's not yet decided if this car will be a one-off (there is currently only one in existence) or if a small production run of 25 units will be completed. We supposed that would depend on demand for the car and by how much it would cost to reproduce. We vote yes, obviously.

[Source: New-Stratos.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      highlighting the black bars doesn't work anymore, but if you view the source of the website's pages, you can get the text. The only problem is, it's in a language I'm not familiar with (I only know English, Spanish and some Japanse...lol). I'm pretty sure it's German though.


      "Wie beim Original-Stratos wurde ein Überrollkäfig in die Karosserie des auf einem verkürzten Ferrari 430 Scuderia Chassis aufgebauten Sportwagens integriert. Er verhilft dem New Stratos, dessen Karosserie vollständig aus Carbonfaser hergestellt wurde, zu hoher Steifigkeit, was sich in einem äußerst präzisen Handling bemerkbar macht. Im Zusammenspiel mit einem Leistungsgewicht von 2,25 kg pro PS und einer Gewichtsverteilung von fast 50:50 ergeben sich außergewöhnliche Fahreigenschaften. Die ersten Testfahrten in Balocco konnten die hohen Erwartungen bestätigen; dennoch sind im Detail noch sehr viele Arbeiten zu erledigen."

      "Bei direkten oder indirekten Verweisen auf fremde Webseiten (“Hyperlinks”), die außerhalb des Verantwortungsbereiches der AutorInnen liegen, würde eine Haftungsverpflichtung ausschließlich in dem Fall in Kraft treten, in dem die AutorInnen von den Inhalten Kenntnis haben und es ihnen technisch möglich und zumutbar wäre, die Nutzung im Falle rechtswidriger Inhalte zu verhindern. Die AutorInnen erklären hiermit ausdrücklich, dass zum Zeitpunkt der Linksetzung keine illegalen Inhalte auf den zu verlinkenden Seiten erkennbar waren. Auf die aktuelle und zukünftige Gestaltung, die Inhalte oder die Urheberschaft der gelinkten/verknüpften Seiten haben die AutorInnen keinerlei Einfluss. Deshalb distanzieren sie sich hiermit ausdrücklich von allen Inhalten aller gelinkten /verknüpften Seiten, die nach der Linksetzung verändert wurden. Diese Feststellung gilt für alle innerhalb des eigenen Internetangebotes gesetzten Links und Verweise. Für illegale, fehlerhafte oder unvollständige Inhalte und insbesondere für Schäden, die aus der Nutzung oder Nichtnutzung solcherart dargebotener Informationen entstehen, haftet allein der Anbieter der Seite, auf welche verwiesen wurde, nicht derjenige, der über Links auf die jeweilige Veröffentlichung lediglich verweist."
      • 4 Years Ago
      So it is someone's personal pet project/kit car, not an actual production car from a real manufacter. TTAC had a good breakdown over the internet pantswetting over photos of this car the other day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Red: The copy in the source code is the same as what's visible. The stuff that looks redacted isn't actually in the source code.

      Nevertheless, this is whole concept is awesome. I mean, yeah, I can't afford one either, but how cool is it that it's happening? I mean, really, think about it. If you had a ridiculous amount of personal wealth, which is cooler, buying something really expensive but, essentially, off the rack, like a Veyron, or completing reimagining a car you love and making something truly new and unique?

      I know which I'd pick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As many have said: ...sigh.

      So the new Stratos will be just as unreachable as the old one is now.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh great, so does this F430 guts mean it won't be reasonably affordable?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely carbon fiber body = unaffordable
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure what led you to believe this car would be remotely afford for the "average Joe" to begin with....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing unaffordable
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh wait, foot-in-mouth... Limited run means it won't be affordable anyway. Not that you'd be able to buy one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'd sell a kidney but I'm pretty sure it's not worth enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks absolutely stunning. I remember seeing the original Alitalia Lancia Stratos rallying through Sintra, and it was a brutal and somewhat scary combination (for a small kid) of extreme power, noise and beauty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      10000 rpm?
      • 4 Years Ago
      try yahoo babelfish.

      Too bad Lancia can't make a version with some coporate bits to keep costs lower.

      Old Stratos= Lancia car with Ferrari motor.
      New Stratots= Ferrari (modified) car with Ferrari motor; 25 units max. That screams super exotic price.

      Kudos to the guys making it though!
      • 4 Years Ago

      Too bad about the whole "limited run" thing, this is a killer project. I think I'd actually take this over an F430.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is going to be hideously expensive. I guess us commoners are better off buying a kit replica of the original.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An MR2 or Porsche 914 chassis-based kit, with Subaru STI power, and RWD. Even just mildly Stratos influenced, and somewhat an original design. But the format of a mid-engined car that is light and lithe enough to be a sports car, or raised a bit to be a RWD rally-capable vehicle.

        That sounds fantastic to me. Maybe just slightly up-sized from the original Stratos, to accomodate a 6'-plus driver for as long as one would care to drive such a machine. The original was reportedly VERY cramped and small.

        Even with a center-spine piano-hinge butterfly doors like the race-car rendering there. Maybe it could somehow incorporate SVX-like window-in-a-window for ventilation and access.

        If Subaru still had a real desire to push the performance envelope, I would suggest that maybe Subaru should build such a car as a halo sports car above the WRX STI... But I am not sure they have that impetus anymore, even though they have the technical chops.
        • 4 Years Ago
        someone should build a kit off the MR2, though probably hard not to find one flogged to death
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame that they didnt use a more affordable (and appropriate?) chassis and drivetrain. If they had dropped this body over a Subaru Impreza WRX STi Chassis it would sell thousands at a much more affordable price.

      A missed opportunity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How would developing a mid-engine 2-door car from a front-engine 4-door chassis be affordable? That is not how platform-sharing works.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I was making a general point about making it affordable by using a cheaper drivetrain BUT if you google the Prodrive P2 you will find a 2 dour coupe based on the Impreza running gear that pro-drive said could have been made and sold in 2005 for about 20% of the price of the new stratos based on the Ferrari.

        I also seem to recall that the original Stratos was based on the Lancia Fulvia chassis (Front engine, front wheel drive) effectively turned around with the original V4 engine replaced by the Dino's V6. (Apologies if this is incorrect - in which case can someone correct me?)

        My point was that it's frustrating to see such an amazing looking car that I am unlikely to ever see or be able to own.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I understand your sentiment but there is something to be said about being unique and elusive and such&such. I myself don't think I would lust over this particular remake if knowing that in the near future, there are going to be thousands of poorly assembled renditions running about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ..Oops, forget about the "poorly assembled" part. I confused your post with someone's who mentioned something about it being a kit-car.
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