The Lancia Stratos is one of the most iconic pieces of design and engineering the world has ever seen. It’s low slung angular body paired with Ferrari power made it a force to be reckoned with in the rough and tumble of rallying. However the car is long since dead and speculation of a 21st century incarnation has been about for years. When spy-shots revealed a strangely familiar shaped mule testing in a variety of locations we were skeptical yet lived in hope that his could be the cars revival. The truth was that it was a new Stratos funded by a German industrialist and boy did he do a good job! Not only has the modernized design captured the likeness of the original but by being based on a highly modified Ferrari F430 it still maintains the core engineering principles. Don’t go thinking this is some half-arse replica, even Ferrari’s Luca Di Montezemolo gave it his high praise.
The car was handed over to the Ferrari chairman at the Maranello Fiorano circuit. There he put it through its paces and was extremely impressed. Though based on a F430 it is only really a few components that it shares and they are even configured completely differently. Luca particularly liked how the car changed direction and was so delighted with the new Stratos that he even called his chief technical engineer to come and have a play, he also loved it. So there we go, it might not be an official Lancia product but Ferrari certainly gave it their approval.