Lancia and rally fans remember the Stratos with fondness and, thanks to a dedicated project build, a modern version could be on its way to the public soon.
This new Stratos shares many similarities with the Lancia of old but it's not an official Fiat program. The Stratos project was originally penned by designer Jason Castriota (currently employed by Saab) and is reportedly now the personal endeavor of noted Lancia collector and designer Chris Hrabalek. The short-wheelbase two-door with the iconic name was recently spotted testing at the Balocco circuit near Milan with former Formula 1 and current World Touring Car Championship racer Tiago Monteiro at the helm, indicating the new Stratos could be more than just a one-off model.
While the shared styling cues are obvious, the mechanical workings have been brought to the 21st century. The car's powerplant is still unclear, but Italiaspeed is reporting that an unspecified Ferrari-sourced V-8 is reportedly mounted midship, akin to the Ferrari Dino V-6 of yore, and carbon-ceramic brakes and center-locking wheel hubs are supposedly in play as well. Even the wheels, which aren't exact replicas, draw inspiration from the elder model. The Stratos of the 1970s was notoriously unforgiving to drive but decades of vehicular evolution will likely tame this project a bit in the handling and drive quality departments.
What do you think? Would you pick up a new Lancia Stratos?