Stratos vs Stratos
Original Lancia meets new in the hillclimb of a lifetime. Hold on tight...
Posted: 07 Nov 2012
This is one of those cars that doesn't just accelerate, it beams itself down the road. You are at Point A; now you are at Point B. The bit in the middle is pulverised. There is absolutely no sense of mass at all; it just goes where you tell it to go and gets there while you're still thinking about it. Ferrari's electronic diff has been replaced by a Drexler mechanical item used in the WRC, which not only weighs 23kg less, but also helps fire the Stratos through corners with fantastic aggression. Dial out the traction control, and it'll slide in a heartbeat. You're less busy at the wheel than you would be in Ferrari's 458 Italia, but it's still a fast-moving, almost hyper-real experience. Even in a car park.
A power-to-weight ratio of 427bhp per tonne tells its own story: 62mph is history in 3.3 seconds, 120mph a memory in under 10 seconds. All of this in a one-off car, that is stunningly well realised, a hunk of gorgeous carbon fibre fashioned into a shape that drags the original Stratos into the 21st century.