In the Stratos sphere

The 1970s Lan­cia Stratos is back, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE rad­i­cal Lan­cia Stratos of the 1970s is be­ing re­vived as a 21st-cen­tury su­per­car. The wedgy styling of the Ital­ian orig­i­nal has been rein­vented by Pin­in­fa­rina and Ger­man car col­lec­tor Michael Stoschek al­ready has the first car — and plans for a limited run of 25 copies.

Stoschek is a huge fan of the Stratos and has a 1970s orig­i­nal, with the full World Rally Cham­pi­onship pack­age, as part of a per­sonal car col­lec­tion that in­cludes many of the world’s great­est cars.

He has stayed al­most com­pletely true to the orig­i­nal Stratos — apart from pop-up head­lamps that would not pass to­day’s safety checks — down to us­ing a Fer­rari as the donor car for the chas­sis and en­gine.

The ’70s car was twinned with a Fer­rari Dino and this time the work has been done on a short­ened Fer­rari 430 Scud­e­ria chas­sis. The 21st-cen­tury Stratos project ac­tu­ally be­gan when Stoschek met a young car de­signer, Chris Hra­balek, who is an­other Stratos tragic.

The pair worked to­gether on the Fenomenon Stratos project, which was dis­played at the 2005 Geneva Mo­tor Show, be­fore the money man bought all Stratos trade­mark rights. Work on Stoschek’s car be­gan early in 2008, first at Pin­in­fa­rina in Turin, Italy.

It has since been tested at Alfa Romeo’s test track at Balocco, where its car­bon-fi­bre body and Fer­rari chas­sis com­bine for an ul­tra-rigid and very light­weight car that sits com­fort­ably in the su­per­car class.

Su­per­car: the new limited-edi­tion Lan­cia Stratos (above) and the orig­i­nal 1970s model (right) with the pop-up head­lights.

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