We love car videos here at Automobile and this one reminds us of a simpler time – like when a Lancia Stratos powered by a V-6 cribbed from the Ferrari Dino could win rally championships three years in a row. It also gives a glimpse of the sweet sounds a modern day Stratos would make if more than one were to be built.
The original Lancia Stratos HF was built for rally racing – and was very successful during the 1970s through the early 1980s. It was powered by the Ferrari Dino’s 2.4-liter DOHC V-6 and was raced in Group 4 and Group 5 rally racing series. Group 4 required 500 street cars for homologation in the 1974 World Rally Championship. Only 492 street versions, sold as the Lancia Stratos Stradale, were built. Its Dino-sourced V-6 made 190 horsepower and was capable of 0-60 mph in slightly less than five seconds and a top end of 144 mph. Race engines were tuned to 280 or 560 horsepower with a single turbocharger. Turbocharged cars were not allowed in Group 5 racing.
The new Stratos was commissioned by Michael Stoschek and his son Maximilion when owning and racing the original wasn’t enough. After they participated in the Fenomenon design project the father-and-son team turned to Pininfarina to help them complete the project. The modern Stratos is based on a shortened (by nearly eight inches) and lightened (now at 2749 pounds) Ferrari F430 Scuderia platform and drivetrain. An FIA-certified rollcage has been added for racing. The Ferrari V-8 is bumped 29 horsepower, now at 523, and is said to take the new Stratos to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.3 seconds and on to nearly 200 mph. Brakes are larger and wheels are wider than the F430 it’s based on, for increased performance. Unfortunately the new Stratos remains a one-off car and Ferrari isn’t cooperating to produce any more.
Check out the video below to hear the original Lancia Stratos and New Lancia sound off. Which one do you think sounds better?