There's nothing like Europe's enthusiasm for motorsports. While our nation's lawyers have cornered our high-horsepower endeavors into tri-ovals and road courses, Europeans have no problem setting up a few hay bales and handing over public streets to a slew of vintage rally kings for an exhibition of carbureted glory. Such was the case at the recent 2011 Rally Legend event in San Marino, Italy, where the town's quaint lanes were cleared for a pack of Lancia Stratos HF racers.

The event also enjoyed a very special visitor: the newest interpretation of the epic wedge. A fan took the time to video a few passes by various racers, including the New Stratos, to give us all an idea of what the beast sounds like under a flogging. With 540 horsepower barking through eight very Italian cylinders, the New Stratos sounds like it looks; fantastic. Hit the jump to check out the clips for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the new Stratos. But even though it is called a Stratos I can't get over the feeling that it is a much different car, an expensive showcase car as opposed to a giant killing rally car. Perhaps time will tell. Even so everything pales in comparison to this:
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Stratos would look better if it had flip headlights like the old one used to have. It's so sad that every car manufacturer got rid of them. The Diablo, the Corvette, the Miata, The RX-7, etc etc. I miss those things.
      Osama bin Larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm more entertained by the original, so raw.
      Devin Christiansen
      • 3 Years Ago
      God I wish I could have witnessed these works of art fly through mountains.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just awesome! +1
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        why the hell doesnt autoblog just filter and blog comments with these all-too-well-known words: my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on Internet.... ?!?!?!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That sounded a lot like my Geo Metro when it had a big rust hole in the muffler.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Completely fantastic to hear that!! Just made my evening. Will sleep peacefully tonight... Bellisimo!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree that the old ones sound better but keep in mind that every one of the other cars shown in that video were tuned while the new Stratos was stock. Even still, it sounded good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it was a fantastic event. the organisation might be a little bit to "italian" but it still was a pleasure to enjoy these cars (audi quattro s1, peugeot 205 midengine, lancia delta s4, to name a few beside the group of lancia stratos).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes the "New Stratos" looks very much like a tribute to the original Stratos.. But in my book the Stratos HF sounds like nothing else and exactly as it should.. like a beast ;) Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't turn it down if the owner asked me to take the new one for a spin ;)
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