• Dec 7, 2010
New Stratos – Click above for high-res image gallery

In a perfect world, the fastest cars would be the best looking ones. And to some extent, that's often the case. But not always. For instance the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous automotive creations ever devised, but by most accounts, its performance fails to live up to its styling. Conversely, cars like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 GT2 RS are some of the most devastatingly fast vehicles ever to grace tarmac, but not everyone's enamored of their sheetmetal.

The New Stratos is here to suggest that you may be able to have your cake and eat it to, as full technical specifications and performance stats have been released on the one-off retro creation. The aluminum chassis from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia is a good starting point, giving the New Stratos a compact, lightweight frame, a 44/56 front/rear weight distribution ratio and a 4.3-liter V8 tuned from the 508 horsepower delivered in the Scud to 540 in the nuovo Lancia.

That's enough to rocket the coachbuilt custom from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.3 seconds, past 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.7 and on to a top speed of 170 mph. (That last figure may not be the most impressive, but the original Stratos was never geared for top-speed runs, but for rapid acceleration and nimble handling, and its successor appears to have followed the same route.)

Not ready to cry "uncle" just yet? The full specifications – from gearbox to dimensions – can be found after the jump, so click on to feast your eyes.



[Source: New Stratos]
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Dimensions
Length 4181 mm
Width 1971 mm
Height 1240 mm
Front track 1668 mm
Rear track 1701 mm
Wheelbase 2400 mm
Front overhang 968 mm
Rear overhang 813 mm

Weights
Dry Weight 1247 kg
Weight distribution 44 rear

Chassis
Aluminium profile Scuderia chassis, 20 cm shortened
Welded roll cage FIA FE45 steel, 40 x 2.5 mm

Body
Full carbon fiber body and interior Visible carbon (Re Fraschini)
Aerodynamics
Cw (at 140km/h) 0.357
A 2.07
Cw x A 0.738

Engine
Cylinders 8
Engine capacity 4308 cm³
Engine control unit Bosch, update
Exhaust High-performance system with free-flow manifold and sports catalytic converter (Capristo)
Maximum power 375.4 Kw (540hp) at 8200 rpm
Torque > 500 Nm at 3750 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio 2.3kg/hp

Gearbox
6 speed sequential gearbox with mechanical variable differential (Drexler) Fast gear changes at less than 60 milliseconds
Gear Ratio 4.3 / 5.0

Suspension
Electronic suspension system CDC® (ZF Sachs)
Spring front Eibach, 120 N/mm
Spring rear Eibach, 180 N/mm
Dampers Hydraulic aluminium twintube shocks with electronic-controlled proportioning valves
Front/Rear axle Hub SKF with central fixing

Wheels & Tyres
Center-lock rims size front 9J x 19'' EH2 (Fondmetal)
Center-lock rims size rear 11J x 19'' EH2 (Fondmetal)
Offset front rim ET 38
Offset rear rim ET 5
Tyres front 265 / 30 19'' (Dunlop Sport Maxx)
Tyres rear 315 / 30 19'' (Dunlop Sport Maxx)

Brakes
Carbon disk front 398 mm x 36 mm (Brembo)
Carbon disk rear 350 mm x 34 mm (Brembo)
Brake caliper front 6 pot
Brake caliper rear 4 pot
Pads XAS 4499 (Brembo)
Brake lines Steel flex lines

Accessories
Head lights Bi-Xenon (Hella)
Rear lights LED-Ferrari 599
Front wiper system 1 blade
Exterior mirrors Electric switch and side indicator
Window regulator Lightweight regulator with anti-trap technology (Brose)
Windshield and side windows 3.76 mm and 4 mm thin window glass

Safety
6-Point Harnesses, 3" Width (Willans)
Steering system
Electro-hydraulic power steering pump
New carbon steering wheel with multicoloured LEDs

Fuel System
2 outboard aluminium fuel tanks, capacity 90 litres

Electrics
84 Ah Lithium Ion Battery in carbon housing, weight 4.2 kg
Electronics modifications
Engine control unit
Window regulator (anti-trap)
Electronic suspension system CDC® (ZF Sachs)
Door locks and bonnets

The Performance

The New Stratos, like the racing version of its predecessor, has been extensively geared – down to every last detail – towards lightweight design and performance. Not surprisingly, the specification sheet was therefore extremely ambitious in this regard as well.

The low vehicle weight, the excellent balance and the precision chassis components made possible by the rigid body, were intended not only to provide an exhilarating driving experience, but to provide measurable results in the form of objective data.

As work on the New Stratos continued virtually without pause up until the presentation in Le Castellet, and weather conditions offered no opportunity for performance test runs, these will have be carried out at the next available opportunity.

We expect a power-to-weight ratio below 2.3 kg/hp with an acceleration time from 0-100 km/h of 3.3 seconds and from 0-200 km/h of 9.7 seconds. We expect top marks for braking performance and a benchmark position in the 18- and 36-meter slalom and similar handling tests.

After introducing the new rear axle ratio (crown wheel and pinion 9/45), the top speed will be reduced to 274 km/h, in order to achieve even better acceleration values.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the wheel base should be a little be bigger than it is now. Overall pretty, I think this iteration, the design, is a bit feminine where as the older one it was more of a badass oddball tank looking rally car. I love the distinct engine sound it had too. I think one of the auto blogs posted a youtube video on the engine sound.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lancia Stratos V Audi Quattro in the WRC, how cool would that be!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Re: Audi & Lancia back in WRC:

        I would probably have to pleasure myself.


        Re: WRC regulations

        The FIA needs to seperate the series that showcase the cars from the ones that showcase the drivers. One-make series for drivers, and low-regulation slug-fests for the manufacturers. When they try and do both, nobody wins because there is always an excuse for losing: "Oh the car wasn't fast enough" or "oh the driver sucked". Well loose regulations will allow innovation to overcome a drivers talent, and you can't complain about your car when everyone is driving the same thing....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the WRC would repeal it's S2000 regulations favoring transverse FWD-based Faux-wheel-drive little econo-boxes...

        That would be exciting.

        maybe Subaru could build a new, even more attractive revival of the 22B STI, and Porsche could rally-prep a 997 Turbo with big side-skirts, and revive the 959. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is Fiat going to sell Ferrari? They wont have any basis for Maserati's, 8C's or cars like this.

      Serious question...
        • 4 Years Ago
        they want to sell part of Ferrari , but keep control of the company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So 8CS
      >300 km/h top
      lateral accleration 1.02 g
      1/4 mile 12.4 s
      0-100 km/h 4.2s s isnt enough? I think its not allowed to make it better than Ferrari, thats why the announced top speed also lower than it actually is...
        • 4 Years Ago
        EXACTLY! By any measure the 8C is blindingly fast, and in support of your claim, I've read that early 8C prototypes were as fast as the F430 and had to be detuned for production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure do hope they make more. And don't 8C it and make like 500 really overpriced examples. I'd buy one with a 4 cylinder even. This would own the 2 seat segment outright, nothing could touch it from a Miata to a Corvette. But "image" and all that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, but can it run Crysis?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep, they need to make it. I need to win the lottery, and I need to purchase one. I'd take one in a nice 70's shade of orange or green just for old times sake.

      However, why can't they make cars that look this good and this unique that don't necessarily have a 0-60 of 3.3 seconds and a Ferrari V-8? I would love to purchase a sports car that looked this good, but I'd be happy with a turbo 4. Maybe a 1986 Toyota MR-2 redux.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it be sold in the USA? If not, I am not interested. Very, very tired of the hoopla surrounding great cars that companies have no intention of making available here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be more likely to utter 'mother may I' than 'uncle'.


      And I don't cry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So sick.

      I know it uses Ferrari goodies, but is this car as expensive as a real Ferrari?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering it is a one-off right now, it is even more expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        anything handbuilt carbon fiber whatever is going to be expensive

        It's like 200 man hours to build a standard Ferrari.

        On the other hand, it's much harder to build a quality cheap car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My bad... I thought they "officially" announced it as a production car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is my favorite car right now
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice article but I have a bone of contention.

      The Alpha Competizione is not a good looking design. It's very awkward looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've owned Alpha ROMEOS before.

        People refer to them as "Alphas" plenty.

        Take your snarkiness elsewhere :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Im glad there is no such car as Alpha :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        So why do you call it an Alpha instead of an Alfa?
        • 4 Years Ago
        So many dorks on autoblog comments.

        You can call my alpha what ever you want.

        I won't judge you.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, you got owned and you didn't even know it
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