Stratos vs Stratos
Original Lancia meets new in the hillclimb of a lifetime. Hold on tight...
Posted: 07 Nov 2012
Back in the New One, it's clear that this is a vehicle that turns the outside world into a liquidised blur. I remember from my brief acquaintance at Le Castellet just how tightly wound it felt, and how it turned in so sharply it almost carved a line in the tarmac. Well, it's even more bewildering up here. Stoschek claims that it's 30 per cent stiffer than the Scud, which was hardly a floppy car, but it feels stiffer even than that.
An FIA roll cage helps, and the total absence of anything soft or fluffy inside underlines its ruthless mien. A four-point harness and sensationally good seats turn your body into an almost structural element. Those seats, by the way, only weigh 11.3kg each, down from the fatty boom-boom 18kg the Scud's weigh.