• Sep 12, 2010
The Lancia Stratos performs a workout – Click above to watch video after the jump

Like The Six Million Dollar Man going through his paces for Dr. Wells, the Lancia Stratos was recently thrown around the track for its patron, Michael Stoschek and his son Maximilian. The commentary and interviews are in German, but that's beside the point; the language spoken by the Stratos is 483-horsepower mid-engined Ferrari - a dialect anyone with a pulse can understand.

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[Source: Autojunk.nl]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Really cool car, and I'm extremely interested to learn more about it, but did anyone notice the amount of body roll it exhibited during the track run?
      • 4 Years Ago
      CRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS

      anyone gotta kleenex?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never seen something so ugly... or so awesome :-)
      Who cares what the car looks like when you're blasting around a track!
        • 4 Years Ago
        other than the front end being a little cat-fish looking (but the bertone-styled original started it... homage is homage.)

        I think the car is gorgeous. Actually better looking than the car it pays homage to. Smoother, sleeker, and somehow more well proportioned.

        Also, it seems so much shorter and compact, yet still not visually top-heavy, than the F430 it is based on, mechanically. I never would have thought of the F430 as an overly long car.

        The only problem... which is not exactly a problem... is exclusivity. Even if this is produced, it will be the domain of only the very wealthy.

        Half of me understands that commonality would ruin it. The other half of me laments the fact that responsible people who work for average means can't enjoy it for ourselves.

        I don't begrudge people their wealth, and I don't like class warfare one bit. But I do understand that not everyone can be that wealthy, and some people like a quieter life.

        But some of us still might appreciate a sports car like that in their garage, even if it just looks and handles somewhat like that, with more affordable materials, and a more readily available and locally-serviceable, or self-serviceable engine.

        Steel and composite, with a Cosworth-built, dry-sump converted Subaru turbocharged boxer 4, tuned to 350+ horsepower, driving a RWD transaxle... sounds fantastic to me. Maybe not a ferrari-powered beast, but still very fun.

        If one really wanted to go traditional, the original Stratos was transverse engined, IIRC, with a Ferrari Dino V6. Maybe one could fit a modern transverse Ford EcoBoost twin turbocharged V6 with a 2WD dual-clutch gearbox, and a robust limited slip diff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm in love!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Ligor

        I can't agree that it's the ugliest ever. There are any number of cars from the 1960s and 1970s that would possibly earn that title. This is.....different. This isn't a design I'd get excited about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Ligor: you obviously do not know anything about the car and its presence in the auto racing history. I think its one of the most well reproduced vehicles of all time. just because it doesn't look like alfa 8c, doesn't mean the car is ugly. you obviously know nothing about car design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        really
        your standards must be very low
        cause that is one of hte ugliest cars of all time
        even uglier than the original, and that must hav ebeen a feat to accomplish

        please don't ever bring this over to the US
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ligor thinks the best designed car in the world is a Saturn SC2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Zmatt, it's not short bursts only. that's just a lie you build up in your mind to protect your ignorance. same with 'anyone can do that'. apparently Ferrari couldn't : )"

      Couldn't do what? make a super light electric car? They didn't want to because nobody would buy it. You are comparing a track toy to a proper sports car. there is no comparison. If you could show me an electric car that competed with a ferrari on equal footing in price, performance, amenities, cost, range and dare I say practicality then you would have an argument. I think you are the one who isn't thinking.

      A range extending ev wouldn't work "right now". There is no infrastructure and unless one can make an affordable car utilizing this then it will never be made to support it. The Volt is a plug hybrid similar to the one you described and it will be $40k after a federal tax break. The car is at the level of one 15 grand cheaper as far as refinement goes. For 40 grand i could buy an E class mercedes and I would feel much better about it.

      If you are really so worried about the environment don't waste time on unproven tech and just buy a diesel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The next Viper?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny that "electric" Ariel Atom in that video looked real familiar, oh ya its the the new Ariel Atom V8 powered by a good old fashioned low tech (but long range) 3.0L gasoline burning V8 engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        low tech? there's nothing low tech about a pair of 'busa's being strapped together. i've been following palatov's work on that engine since he started fitting it to his atom for ariel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it is indeed electric. it's an ariel atom converted to electric drive. it might help you to actually listen to the video..
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I really couldn't give a rats about Dan Fredriksen, I take particular issue in him having said that you could swallow lithium batteries and nothing could happen.

      Here's some info for that nauseating 'polymath': lithium ion battery ingestion is a surgical emergency! Yes, lithium toxicity is possible but the more pressing issue is that an enlodged Li battery is capable of producing a charge that is capable of burning and rupturing gastrointestinal tissue. This can result in serious peritonitis.

      Please sir, don't come here and disparage a good car while making thoughtless statements. In fact stay off the Internet, you're dangerously arrogant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pop-up lights! pop-up lights!

      Extra weight... yea. Efficient? Hell no. (sorry Dan!)

      I had a '94 NSX so I'm a bit partial.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you can charge an electric as quick as you can a petrol and have the same range from a full tank, people will buy them. Until you can do that, electric will ALWAYS be nothing more than a gimmick. Now, hydrogen may be another thing, but for now, oil is the only fuel 99.99% of the worlds population will use.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs the crossplane crank Masserati engine BADLY, sounds like a ricer 4 banger fart can Honda Civic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Crank phasing gives a engine, a signature sound. A 120 degree crank, on a three, and six and 12 cylinder engines are very close in the way they sound at very high rpms. 5 and10 cylinder engines are also very close in there sound, as they share a 72 degree crank. v8s have either the 180 degree crank which sound like two 4 cylinder engines side by side or a 90 degree crank which sounds like a v16 engine but is rough sounding at idle but smoother running than a 180 degree crank engine. 180 degree crank v8s rev faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that an ICE car sound is primarily decided by the exhaust pipe shaping. a 50cc moped engine can be made to sound like a ferrari. the new Porsche concept car actually sounds like a trabant. for real. check it with closed eyes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It has one. The thing is powered by an F430 engine, which is part fo the shared maserati/ferrari engine family.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we have found our new #1 troll in "Mr. Frederiksen" He has successfully derailed the comments section on a post about an awesome car and got everyone pissed off about his absurd claims and his egotistical comments. He is the most successful kind of troll, and I should have seen it earlier. I propose we just ignore him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was really hoping that he was some kind of scholar holding various phd's in his fields but a polymath as in...he knows a little bit of everything? lolwut
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