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
In summary, then, what we have here is a genius visual update of one of the most madly brilliant cars of all time, powered by undoubtedly one of the greatest engines in history, hooked up to a transmission so finger-snappingly fast that Fernando Alonso himself would be happy with it, in a package that shaves off the weight of two fairly big adults from its already pretty sinewy donor. What's not to love?
What indeed. To be honest, I looked pretty hard, and I couldn't find anything. Once Tiago's had his fun, we swap places. So now I'm driving a £3m one-off belonging to a rather intimidating German gentleman with an ex-F1 driver sitting beside me. Being only the second journalist in the world to drive this thing somehow feels almost more pressurised than being the first. I won't trouble the kerbs, I'm thinking, when a hand lands forcefully on my shoulder. "This is my car. It's the only one I have," says Stoschek with just a hint of Bond villain. Oh God.