The New Stratos is an exclusive sports car. It has been developed and built for German businessman Michael Stoschek, who commissioned it from Pininfarina, asking the company to design and build a modern interpretation of his favourite car, the legendary Lancia Stratos.

The designers have succeeded in translating the original stylistic message of Bertone’s Stratos of the Seventies into a modern one-off,  guaranteeing truly extraordinary performance and an incredibly enjoyable drive. Although it is a real dream car, it lives and breathes thanks to a 4.3 litre V8 engine, which accelerates to a speed of 200 km/h in less than 10 seconds.

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Classic products are timeless style icons. The Lancia Stratos of the 1970s, with its cutting-edge design, is still an inimitable styling emblem. Starting from an initial assessment of the original car’s aerodynamic performance, the new model was developed during sessions in the Pininfarina wind tunnel to corroborate the basic shape and, during the final testing stage of the project, to define the aerodynamic details. The objective was to create another mid-engined sports car with a short wheelbase, low weight and outstanding agility, using components from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia customised to their new purpose.

The chassis, completely redrawn and made of extruded aluminium elements; it is now 20 cm shorter, and welded to it is a roll cage of steel tubing 40 mm in diameter, certified by the FIA. The 4.3 litre V8 engine, which receives its intake air through the side openings of the rooftop spoiler, is fitted with a new control unit and a high performance exhaust system, including a manifold and catalyser. The 6-speed transmission has been fitted with a new self-locking mechanical differential, and the control electronics were modified to allow for extremely fast gear changes, in less than 60 milliseconds.

The exterior is built entirely of carbon fibre panels, incorporating low density structural inserts. The roof and the sides are the only fixed parts, assembled onto the chassis structure. The large front lid, the engine bonnet and the doors are all hinged like those on the original Stratos. The passenger compartment has a new dashboard, new instruments, new door panels and tailor-made race seats, all in carbon fibre.

The car has received official certification and type approval from the road division of the German TÜV organisation. 

Length 4,181 millimetres

Width 1,971 millimetres

Height 1,263 millimetres

Wheelbase 2,400 millimetres

Front track 1,668 millimetres

Rear track 1,682 millimetres

Dry weight 1,240 kg

When passions intercept

The encounter between the dream of a collector and European Rally champion, and the skill of a legendary designer and coachbuilder, has written a new chapter in the history of the supercar.

In September 2008, a driver of historical racing cars, Michael Stoschek, and his son commissioned Pininfarina to realise a dream they had had for some time: to build a unique vehicle whose technical and stylistic concept was to a large extent defined by the two car enthusiasts.

Michael’s inspiration was the legendary Lancia Stratos HF, without doubt the most spectacular and successful rally car of the 1970s.

The New Stratos went through all the stages necessary to become a real car, fully functional and ready to be driven on the roads. It was a complex, far-reaching process that went well beyond the mere construction of a prototype, and included the engineering of the entire car, from mathematical modelling to the drawing and testing of each component, right down to the wind tunnel tests.

The New Stratos was developed and built at the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre in Cambiano. The project was managed by the Special Projects division, confirming Pininfarina’s intention of creating a special car in the context of its own range of services, in response to a growing demand for unique cars from enthusiasts and collectors. 

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