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
It also owes a lot to the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. In fact, you could ungraciously describe this as the world's most sophisticated cut and shut. Stoschek bought a Scud ("It had everything on it, too," Hrabalek says a little sheepishly), and the project team's engineers got busy with the angle grinders. It must have been like an automotive snuff movie. The 430's aluminium panels were tossed, and its aluminium spaceframe chassis was shortened by 20cm and welded to an FIA-approved steel roll cage. The front of the chassis was altered to house a single radiator, rather than the 430's double set-up, and the A-pillars were reprofiled to accommodate that distinctive wraparound windscreen. The front and rear bulkhead, floor and rear sub-frame are pretty much carried over. The body and interior are made entirely of carbon fibre, with a visible weave that's only apparent up close.