Short, back and slides: the New Stratos
Jeremy recently called it one of the greatest cars ever made. And now it’s back. Be afraid
Posted: 02 Feb 2011
This is a tight, tight car. From where I'm sitting, clamped to the carbon-fibre passenger seat by a six-point harness, there's no slack at all, no roll, no pitch, no dive. It feels like a 1.2-tonne lump of explosive. Tiago is currently racing a Seat Leon in the WTCC. I've driven one of those, and it's no slouch, as you can well imagine. But this, the New Stratos, is almost as hardcore, and moves with the urgency of a rat with pepper on its arse up a drain-pipe. It's a GT2 street car.
Another lap beckons. More kerbs, more jugga-jugga-jugga, more air. Remember, this is a borderline-priceless one-off that's taken the best part of a decade to bring to life. The man who's bank-rolled it - German businessman Michael Stoschek - strikes me as the sort of bloke you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of. Somebody tell Tiago, for God's sake...