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]
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
Dry Weight 1247 kg
Weight distribution 44% front, 56% rear
Aluminium profile Scuderia chassis, 20 cm shortened
Welded roll cage FIA FE45 steel, 40 x 2.5 mm
Full carbon fiber body and interior Visible carbon (Re Fraschini)
Cw (at 140km/h) 0.357
Cw x A 0.738
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
6 speed sequential gearbox with mechanical variable differential (Drexler) Fast gear changes at less than 60 milliseconds
Gear Ratio 4.3 / 5.0
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)
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
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
6-Point Harnesses, 3" Width (Willans)
Electro-hydraulic power steering pump
New carbon steering wheel with multicoloured LEDs
2 outboard aluminium fuel tanks, capacity 90 litres
84 Ah Lithium Ion Battery in carbon housing, weight 4.2 kg
Engine control unit
Window regulator (anti-trap)
Electronic suspension system CDC® (ZF Sachs)
Door locks and bonnets
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.