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Lancia Stratos revival project stalled by Ferrari

By Rigval on 18 Jul 2011

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This has got to be one of the biggest spoilers of the year as regards to supercar revivals. Ferrari are spoilsports. The reason for this slight outburst by yours truly is that they have supposedly refused to give permission to the modern interpretation of the 1970s Lancia Stratos.

Everyone was delighted with the development of this personal project that started off as a one-off concept car project started off by one Michael Stoschek, a car collector and historic car racer who engaged Pininfarina to design the new Stratos. It became quite a phenomenon as even Ferrari President, Luca Di Montezemolo gave it excellent remarks. But that hasn’t helped, as the new Stratos is based on the Ferrari F430 (and to an extent the F360) chassis and mechanicals and a 40 unit limited run was planned.

This drawback was that Pininfarina had stated that they will only carry out a limited production of the Stratos with Ferrari’s express permission. Ferrari has not and do not want to do so. Ferrari does not consent to construction of the planned limited run by either Pininfarina or any other Ferrari-dependent suppliers. So it seems that the only way that this project can get off the ground is by using other non-Ferrari dependant suppliers.

This would mean the new Stratos will not be built by Pininfarina and cannot have Ferrari specific items like the chassis, engine and drive train that currently occupies the space in the one and only new Lancia Stratos concept. But one must note that a Lancia Stratos, the original, had a V6 Ferrari engine from the Dino and the prototype had an engine from the F430. What would a Stratos be without a Ferrari engine? Another kit car?

I believe that without Ferrari backing, this project will not garner more support and it will be a waste if it does not. The car is gorgeous! So to the bean counters within Ferrari, forty units of the new Lancia Stratos will not steal the sales of forty Ferrari 458 Italias. Stop being so calculative and let forty individuals with money live out their dreams of owning a brand new Lancia Stratos.

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source:new-stratos.com

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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



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VRacer Jul 18 2011 08:08 PM
I guess they have realized that they can't outdo the original Stratos ;).

http://en.wikipedia....ncia_Stratos_HF
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