• Nov 30th 2010 at 10:32AM
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New Stratos GT2 by Amalgam – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're looking for the bragging rights with four wheels, getting your hands on any of a number of exotic supercars – most of them hailing from Italy – will undoubtedly do the trick. But if every kid on the block already has one, you'll need to go with a coachbuilt custom. Still not enough bragging rights? Then a racing version is in order.

That's what Jim Glickenhaus did with his custom Ferrari P4/5, commissioning a second Competition model to follow the road car. Now Michael Stotschek is following the same route with his new take on Lancia's fabled Stratos. The Pininfarina-designed New Stratos road car just made its debut at France's Paul Richard HTTT circuit, and already reports of a racing version are popping up online.

While the original Stratos cut its teeth on the rally stage, the new model is reportedly being prepared for circuit racing in accordance with GT2 specifications. The work is reportedly being carried out by Danisi Engineering, which has previously worked with the likes of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Iveco and Pininfarina on a variety of racing machinery, from touring cars to Dakar trucks.

Few details are available at this point, but high-end model studio Amalgam has already got a 1:8 scale diecast model on its way, and as you can see from the images in the gallery below, some serious aero modifications are apparently in the works for the racing Stratos. Thanks for the tip, Chris!

[Sources: Italiaspeed, Amalgam]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah the new Stratos looks great and all and I appreciate the effort to make it in a track racecar (who could not like an Italian racecar?) but watching this thing avoid any sort of rallying action is just plain wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a redesigned Delorean to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should get your eyes checked.

        This looks nothing like a DeLorean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your package didn't twitch looking at those pictures, you're not a car guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect, just perfect from every angle but when can we see one covered in mud going sideways in a Welsh mountain stage of the WRC?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is just awesome. Small, light, quick, and looks like something from the 80's.

      Don't pull a Mini and make a 'ute outta this, Lancia!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am with you on that one, mind you the Italians have style, so don't worry it would never happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that looks super neato, i want! it reminiscent of my imaginary vintage cartoon race car type ish thing that can fly too and race on the saturn's rings
      • 4 Years Ago
      It does look like a classic 80's model, nice. Looks like it needs mudflaps in the rear though. But like a typical exotic, its only gooo to look at, and nothing more. One couldn't even carry a couple bags of groceries home in it, and you'd have to worry about it being left in a parking lot, no thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what Italians do best, from every angle this car looks superb. Now when can we see/hear one covered in mud driving sideways in the Welsh mountain stages of WRC?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just got an idea for a racing class - Billionare Spec (BS). All cars are one off racing versions of one off cars. I figure since these guys have essentially money printing bank accounts, they won't care what happens to these cars so long as its their machine that wins.

      Would anyone else like to see this stratos take on the P 4/5 at monza? I think this would be a highly entertaining series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd put my bet on the P4/5.

        It's larger with more stable footprint, which would be a huge help in the hands of a non-pro driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you people really like this kind of crap? To each his own I guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love everything about this thing except for the awkward headlight design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agreed, and it's the one carryover from the street car design that I'm not a fan of.

        Change the headlights, and I'd be completely on board.
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