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
Paolo Garella, the project boss, claims perfect weight distribution, and it has startling front-end bite. But there's never any doubt about which is the business end. Stoschek reckons it's understeering a bit here today, but a tweak of the manettino is all that's needed to get that stubby back end seriously mobile. It has a visibly shorter wheelbase than the Scuderia and I suspect a slightly higher centre of gravity, so the idiocy threshold is somewhat lower than we've become used to in the latest generation of supercar. That's the way Stoschek wanted it, I guess. But as I get braver and less self-conscious about driving someone else's expensive one-off, I can't help thinking that this is a car I'd leave in my centrally heated garage if it looked like rain.