Pininfarina coachbuilt modern Lancia StratosEnlarge Photo
The most exciting car to come into the light of day this summer has to be the Lancia Stratos Prototype running around. But now the veil has been lifted and the world can finally get to understand the reasoning behind the car.
Now the Lancia Stratos has its own website, and the person behind the car’s building is a gentleman named Michael Stoschek. Stoschek is a avid racecar collector and has several fine examples, including a race-prepped Lancia Stratos as seen in the picture.
Italiaspeed has posted some info on the car. Ferrari is the source of power like in the original, but this time instead of a Dino V-6 the engine is the V-8 from a Ferrari F430. The website also states that the car has been given even more of the parts-bin treatment; the taillights are from a Ferrari 599 GTB and the carbon ceramic brakes are Maranello-sourced as well. Suprisingly Italiaspeed says the carbonfiber clamshell hood, trunk and doors have high-quality fit and finish that comes from using molds, giving more fuel to flame the limited-production rumor.
The design purpose of this Stratos was to be a performance car first and foremost, not a luxury grand tourer like Ferraris of today. The car exceeded all performance expectations when testing at Fiat’s Balocco track said sources, especially in the handling department.