Rally icon re­turns

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For those hang­ing out for a suc­ces­sor to the leg­endary Lan­cia Stratos, the news is all good — there’s not long to wait. Af­ter get­ting off to a con­tro­ver­sial start, Ger­man en­tre­pre­neur Michael Stoschek has taken al­most 10 years to cre­ate the new Stratos. Stoschek pur­chased the rights to the Stratos name, so the new car won't wear the ‘Lan­cia’ badge; in­stead, spe­cial­ist com­pany Man­i­fat­tura Au­to­mo­bili Torino (MAT), headed by Paolo Garella, will build a lim­ited run of just 25 ex­am­ples of the new Stratos.

But wait, there’s more. Three vari­ants are planned — a road car; a race car; and most in­ter­est­ing of all, a rally-in­spired ‘Sa­fari’ as well — each be­ing com­pletely cus­tom­iz­a­ble to its lucky pur­chaser.

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