Motor (Australia)

MANIFATTUR­A AUTOMOBILI TORINO NEW STRATOS

PRICE: $1 million+ (BYO F430) OUTPUT: 397kW/520Nm ENGINE: 4.3-litre V8

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NOT ALL RESTOMODS are created the same. From RUF’s bespoke platform creation to Singer’s near-Theseus levels of 964 surgery; Manifattur­a Automobili Torino (MAT) treads a different path by dropping a radical re-envisionin­g of an iconic design on top of a resounding­ly capable modern classic sports coupe.

The gestation of the New Stratos actually stretches back to the 1990s, when Italian teenager Chris Hrabalek registered the Stratos trademark after Lancia let it lapse. Hrabalek would later study at the Royal College of Art where the modern Stratos would act as his capstone project. Not only that, but he gained funding from 10 original Stratos owners to see his project through, and built a concept car for the Geneva Motor Show of 2005.

Hrabalek’s project would never come to fruition, but one of those original investors never let go. Refined by Pininfarin­a, and based on the underpinni­ngs of a Ferrari F430, the new Stratos would be re-revealed in its final form in 2010.

The F430’s wheelbase had 200mm chopped from it to match the Stratos’ petite dimensions, with the 4.3-litre V8 subtly tweaked with a Larini titanium exhaust for an improved 397kW output. Simple but striking in its execution, it’s a seductive reinventio­n of a classic motorsport­s icon.

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