New homage to the Lancia Stratos revealed at Geneva
The stillborn 2010 New Stratos has been given a new lease of life by Turin-based MAT, with plans for 25 to be built – and prices and spec have now been revealed
The New Stratos project has been unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show – with a price of €550,000.
It was first created in 2010 by entrepreneur Michael Stoschek and Pininfarina, and has now been licensed to a new company – with a maximum of 25 units to be produced.
The CEO of Manifattura Automobile Torino (MAT), Paolo Garella – who was the program manager of the 2010 New Stratos – has obtained permission from Stoschek to take over the project.
When the New Stratos was revealed first time around, it was based around the structure of a Ferrari F430. There was speculation on whether the revived New Stratos would still use the same platform – but at Geneva MAT confirmed that it will continue to be F430-based, with its 550bhp V8 mid-mounted.
It will be available in three versions: an 'everyday-useable supercar', a GT racer and a Safari rally derivative.
The new design follows the lines initially worn by its beloved predecessor, offering a cocktail of rally heritage with contemporary interpretation, the lightweight construction and 550bhp engine ensuring the charm and adrenaline of the original is captured. It has many of the features of the original: wedge shape, semicircular windscreen, side tanks, removable front and rear servicing hoods and engine-access hatch.
The interior may appear spartan, but those with Lancia knowledge will again spot the classic hallmarks of the classic Stratos, including integrated rollcage and stowage for the helmets within the doors.
German billionaire Michael Stoschek, the chairman of car parts supplier Brose and a rallying enthusiast, originally developed the New Stratos through his passion for the original Lancia Stratos.
‘I am delighted that other passionate car enthusiasts can experience how [the] successor of the most fascinating rally car from the 1970s still sets the bar for design and performance today,' he explains.
Paolo Garella adds: ‘For MAT this agreement is a further step in our growth and allows our path to becoming a true manufacturer. A small production run is a new challenge for us. To have the opportunity to build the New Stratos is a great honour and a recognition of the capabilities that MAT has acquired over the last few years.
'From its foundation in 2014, MAT has been involved in four different projects for the design and development of supercars. Now with the New Stratos we will deliver an extremely refined supercar that can be used every day but also deliver excitement and exhilarating fun on twisty roads.’
With its 550bhp V8, mid-engined, it looks like a worthy tribute to the mad, bad, dangerous-to-race original – of which there was one on the stand, looking stunning. Prices for the New Stratos will start at €550,000 for the car, minus the cost of the Ferrari F430 donor.
The first examples are set to be delivered in April 2018, and they will be made in right-hand drive form if required. You can find out more information on the New Stratos official website.
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