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A Living Legend – Lancia Stratos

2010 Lancia Stratos

Michael Stoschek is one of the few lucky (wealthy) people that owns a classic Lancia Stratos, but this wasn’t enough for him; so after having a serious conversation with the engineers at Lancia, they came up with a recreation of the 1970s rally legend, according to the specifications given by Michael and his son Maximilion and by using today’s modern technology and construction methods. Both of them took part in creating the design for a project known as Fenomenon and after that they commissioned Pininfarina to turn this project into reality.

The 1970s original Lancia Stratos HF was a legend in terms of design and racing, managing to win three consecutive rally championships (1975-1977). The car features a V6 DOHC 2.4-liter that was taken from the Ferrari Dino. The power unit was mounted transversely and mid-ship, right behind the compartment for the passenger. It was quick then, it still is now after almost 40 years, being able to reach 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. The design of the original model was revolutionary at that time – the car looked very similar to a spacecraft, very different from the 70s rally cars that were box-shaped. The design of the original Stratos was done by Bertone.

2010 Lancia Stratos

The modern Stratos borrows Ferrari’s 430 drivetrain and platform. The wheelbase decreased almost 8 inches in comparison to the 430 due to the fact that the extruded aluminum frame was shortened. In comparison to the Ferrari, the Stratos is much safer and stiffer thanks to the FIA-Certified rollcage manufactured from a 1 ½-inch steel tubing.

As far as the exterior design is concerned, it keeps the same unique shape of straight lines and bulging arcs that made the original Stratos a legend. Absolutely all of the exterior components are made out of a high-strength sandwich structure of carbon fiber that is laid over low-density foam core. The car was tested in the rolling-road wind tunnel owned by Pininfarina, using the aerodynamic balance of the Ferrari 430 as a development baseline.

The original car had a powerful V6 engine that was capable of outputting 190 hp; it was one of the most advanced engines of those times. The new car borrows the 430’s engine, which is a 4.3-liter V8 that offers 510 hp. The power unit was tweaked and received a new engine management, high-flow catalytic convertors and exhaust manifolds. The acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h is done is less than 10 seconds, which makes the Stratos a vehicle worthy of the “supercar” title.

Other modifications the car received include new spring rates as well as electro-hydraulic dampers that were recalibrated. From a steering wheel-mounted control, the driver can choose different suspension modes. To efficiently brake the car, the engineers at Lancia equipped the Stratos with a modern Brembo system that offers 15.7-inch front rotors that have 6-piston calipers for the front wheels and 13.-8 inch rotors that have 4-piston calipers for the wheels in the back.

This modern Lancia Stratos is a one-off car at the moment, but with such a large fan base for the original Stratos, who knows what the future might bring us. We hope that more and more legendary cars will be brought back to life following the successful recipe of the Lancia Stratos, a legend that was brought resurrected after almost 40 years since the original model revolutionized the rally world and the entire automotive genre.

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