The New Lancia Stratos will be put into limited production by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), the bespoke sports car builder has announced.
The company ‘New Stratos GbR’ has granted to Manifattura Automobili Torino the rights for a limited production run of 25 New Stratos.
Manifattura Automobili Torino is the Italian company founded in 2014 by Paolo Garella, former Project Manager for New Stratos GbR of the whole “Tosta – New Stratos Project”.
The Italian engineer, previously Head of Special Project at Pininfarina, and his company, will guarantee the respect and the quality of the original built.
The model, based on Lancia’s legendary sports and rally car, of which 492 examples were built between 1973 and 1978 (although precise numbers are unclear), was first unveiled in concept form in 2010.
Three versions of the car will be made – a GT racer, a Safari version and what the brand calls ‘a competent supercar for the daily use’. The second of these is likely a rally-inspired version – another throwback to the car’s motorsport heritage.
At 4181mm long, 1971mm wide and 1240mm high, it’s considerably larger than the original Stratos, and is 267kg heavier, at 1247kg. These dimensions make it the same length as an Audi TT, although it’s considerably wider and lower to the ground, weighing around the same as the TT 1.8.
The car’s 4308 cc V-8 powers it to 62mph in 3.3sec and on to 124mph in 9.7sec, with a top speed of between 170 mph and 205 mph. Weight is kept down thanks to carbonfibre bodywork, while the weight split is 44% front, 56% rear, in contrast to the original car’s 39% front, 61% rear bias.
The mid-engined design features the wedge profile, semicircular windscreen, side tanks, removable front and rear servicing hoods and engine-access hatch of the original.
The original concept was based on a cut-down aluminium spaceframe structure from a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and used that car’s drivetrain. However, in 2011, Ferrari blocked Pininfarina and ‘any other Ferrari-dependent suppliers’ from putting the New Stratos into production, prompting the car’s designers to look elsewhere for a base.
MAT’s announcement doesn’t state any technical details of the production New Stratos, but it does say that it has obtained ‘permission to replicate the New Stratos using the same design and technologies of his car’, from billionaire German entrepreneur and historic rally enthusiast Michael Stoschek, chairman of the supplier Brose, who commissioned the original New Stratos.
The New Stratos was designed by Pininfarina, the original was developed by Bertone.
MAT has said that the new car will feature a full carbon-fibre body, state-of-the-art finishing, and all the technical solutions that contributed to the success of the first New Stratos: excellent handling capabilities, lightweight design, superior balance and precision driving.
The first car of this limited run is already scheduled for delivery in April 2018.
The New Stratos will feature, on MAT’s stand, at the 88th International Motorshow of Geneva, where it will be displayed together with iconic original Lancia Stratos of the 70s.