What is it?
A privately funded, highly professional remake of the legendary Lancia Stratos HF. It’s based on the chassis and running gear of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, has a carbonfibre body and has been designed and engineered by none other than Pininfarina. It’s an exquisite thing, perfectly rendered and although up-scaled, evokes the best in the original. The men whose dream it was are Michael Stoschek, chairman of Brose, the automotive components group, and his son, Michael, though Stratos fanatic Chris Hrabalek lent considerable encouragement.
Huge new Lancia Stratos supercar gallery here
The aluminium chassis of the 430 Scuderia is shortened by 200mm and joined to a steel, FIA spec roll cage, and a body and interior of carbonfibre is mounted to it. The new Stratos is 330mm shorter than the Scuderia and has a dry weight of 1247kg, which helps give it an even better power to weight ratio than the Scud because its 4.3-litre V8 produces 532bhp (540ps) here. All the Ferrari technical refinements remain: the five-stage Manettino, anti-lock ceramic brakes, stability control and F1 paddle-shift.
What’s it like to drive?
Luca di Montezemolo seemed to like it; the Ferrari boss sampled it at Fiorano and uttered ‘bellisima’ when he climbed out. We got a handful of laps around Circuit Paul Ricard and it feels very much in the spirit of the original. It’s wide but short in the wheelbase which, combined with modest weight, makes it very agile. It’s surprisingly supple, too. It feels like it would take some bottle to drive flat-out at big speeds, or quickly in the wet, but that’s always been a part of the challenge of the Stratos and the systems are there for those who don’t feel that confident.
Video of the new Lancia Stratos in action here
How does it compare?
To a 430 Scuderia? Quite different. In fact, only the paddle-shift, the blare of the V8 and some of the switchgear suggests the donor car. To the original Stratos? Design-wise it’s a fabulous re-creation of the original; slightly bigger in all dimensions with modern aero thinking incorporated, but the spirit of the Stratos HF is here in spades.
Anything else I need to know?
A limited run of this hugely desirable car is looking very likely, at a price still to be decided. Start saving now…