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
The first lap of the handful I've been allocated is pretty timid. But a few things are screamingly obvious from the off (the engine, for one thing, which is so loud, it's surely illegal - the exhaust's by-pass valve can be controlled by remote control). This is a car whose dynamics have been set up by someone who's used to competing. The original Stratos was never a car for the faint-hearted, and even the men who conquered it still bristle at the memory of the challenge. The new one, you'll be glad to hear, is in the same vein.
Its electro-hydraulic power steering has that sensation common to most highly bred GT2 cars: you expect lots of weight and resistance, but instead discover something initially over-light and numb. Which is to say that I mess up the first couple of corners, and run the risk of over-driving a car that clearly prefers finely judged inputs rather than being manhandled about the place. As with the wrist-snapping 458 Italia, you have to recalibrate.