• Nov 23, 2010
Luca di Montezemolo puts the new Stratos through its paces – Click above to watch video after the jump

Don't let anyone tell you that Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo can't drive. The boss of one of the world's most exclusive supercar brands recently took the time to hot-shoe the resurrected Stratos around the Fiorano race track in Italy. While watching a brand executive put a car through its paces is rare enough, it's even more surprising to hear di Montezemolo heap praise on a vehicle without a Prancing Horse on the hood, even if there's a 4.3-liter Ferrari V8 at the heart of the new car.

Throw in the fact that the new interpretation of one of Italy's most iconic rally heathens looks and sounds the part, and you've got all the makings of juicy video clip.

Have we mentioned just how badly we want one of these? Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.



[Source: New Stratos via Vimeo]

Luca di Montezemolo testing the New Stratos from New Stratos on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps the owner, contemplating a 25 unit run, wants Monti's approval before Ferrari can hand him and Pininfarina 25 rolling chassis with engines... Monti is a busy man, and i doubt he would take out a couple of hours of his time just to joy ride a car, there must be something to it... he may not be the CEO of FIAT anymore, but I'm sure he has some say in the mater if Lancia were to officially endorse the limited run...

      you have to remember that Lancia is perhaps the brand in history that was most damaged by leaving motor sport... a halo car would go a long way in putting Lancia back in the headlines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford Probe much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's be honest with ourselves, here. Just about any one of us, given the means, would love to make a modern interpretation of one of our favorite cars with minimal compromises and significant improvements. Very few of us have those means (this Michael Stoschek and Jim Glickenhaus are the only ones who spring immediately to mind). Whether or not this would be YOUR preferred project, we should all be cheering that someone has the will, the means, and the vision to bring something like this to life. That the car is broadly compelling and executed to an apparently high level of technical excellence is cause for extra rejoicing. Well done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      To bring the Stratos back for real. The car should be driven rallying, not in a test track!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rally rules preclude the use of cars like the Stratos. Even if they did, this car wouldn't stand a chance against AWD competition.
        Yet I do think cars like this would add to the spectacle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugliest car of the 1980's
      oh wait that is a 2011+
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugliest car of the 1980's
      oh wait that is a 2011+
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 4 Years Ago
      May I remind you this is the same man responsible for this quote: ‘‘A Fiat Panda. It’s the best car in the world.’’

      All kidding aside, I love the Stratos!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        CarCrazed4Life

        with all that re-badging you talk about, i would mistaken you for a child of an old GM executive...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        So we already know that Fiat won't do a Dino car or "Porsche 997" competitor. But why not procude the Lancia Stratos, and rebadge it as the halo car for Chrysler here. I can't see why it wouldn't work...

        Chrysler/Lancia has this, Dodge has Viper, Jeep has GC SRT-8... Chevy has Vette, Ford had GT-40, Cadillac had the XLR... Chrysler needs something for a halo car, and not a Viper with an SRT motor!
      Mattg
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was such a sad day for me when I first saw this car and realized that I would never be able to experience driving one. Why oh why do you have to be a millionaire to drive cars that radiate such beauty and power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont think Sergio Marchionne hires many guys that aren't car guys..well, at least not for Dodge and Ferrari.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, Sergio hired Luca Cordero di Montezemolo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know...even bearing in mind the look of the original...I find this thing profoundly unattractive; but, I see it drive and hear that engine...and I can't help but love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the words of the immortal Goggles Paisano: "He drives like a guy coming home from work on the freeway!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      can someone explain me why a italian prototype driven at the Ferrari test track based on Ferrari technic carrys German licens plate from a bavarian town called Wuerzburg?????????
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