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
Yet the attention to detail is compelling. The wheel, with LED gearshift lights at the top and a flat bottom, feels wonderful. The seats are all-new, ultra-lightweight items; normal seats weigh around 30kg each, the Scuderia's are 18kg, the Stratos's just 11.3kg. Brose makes all sorts of widgets and components for the car industry, so it made sense to use the boss's one-off as a showcase for some experimental new bits. The original Stratos's windows tilt manually into the door frame using a longitudinal slider, and the new version mimics them. An electric mechanism, it's incredibly complex and much lighter than a normal set-up. The door hinges are beautifully milled items. But best of all are the engorged door-bins, designed to hold crash helmets in a cute homage to the original Stratos's most memorable interior feature.