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
There's Alcantara on the dash and roof, and the dials (which now include a g-meter) sit in an ally binnacle whose asymmetric shape is another tribute to the source. Look as long and hard as you like, but you won't find any gluey residues or ill-fitting mouldings in here. Stoschek must have been the client from hell.
The transmission's column-mounted paddles are the bigger items from the 430 GT2 racecar, and they're carbon fibre rather than aluminium. The Ferrari's clever manettino - which governs the E-diff and traction control - remains in place, but there's a Drexler mechanical diff lock now, rather than an electronic one. Pull the right-hand paddle, and the Stratos snaps into first gear with almost rude impatience. It's 10 per cent stiffer than the 430 Scuderia and somehow communicates that before we've even exited the pitlane.