A small group of European journalists were recently invited to experience the New Stratos at Paul Ricard Racing Circuit in France. Although still a one off, a racing prototype was also unveiled, possibly hinting at the car’s future. As shown here, the car was given a vintage makeover, wearing the vintage Alitalia livery of past Lancia rally cars.
The race car unveiled appears to be a non-running display piece, which means still only one running version of the new Stratos is in existence. It is however encouraging to see the team already thinking about taking the car racing. Alitalia is arguably the most famous color schemes from Lancia’s rally history. The red, white and green of the Italian flag draped across some of the most successful fenders in the WRC.
Given the fact that the current car is rear-wheel drive and powered by a V-8 engine, we doubt we will see it racing in the WRC series anytime soon. Modern rally cars are limited in displacement to 1.6 liters and racing is dominated by all-wheel-drive platforms. However, it’s more than likely road racing in one of the FIA GT series is in the Stratos’ future. The series that the New Stratos enters could be a sign of how many road cars are produced if a specific production number is needed for homologation. See the unveiling of the Allitalia car and some footage of the New Stratos on track here.