Monday, December 6, 2010

New [Lancia] Stratos gets its Own Website

It's only fitting that a one-off special like the 21st century Stratos [New Lancia Stratos for those not associated with the Fiat Group] has its own website. So now that the car is out in the open, the man who commissioned the build, Michael Stoschek, owner and CEO of the German automotive supplier, Brose KG, launched a dedicated site about the car detailing its history and development.
The website pretty much confirms what we said about the New Stratos in our previous article, including that it makes use of the platform and running gear of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia sporting a 510HP 4.3-liter V8 and that it is being built by Italy's Pininfarina.
We also learn the project began back in 2008 and that Jason Castriota, the man behind the styling of the Maserati Birdcage and Bertone Mantide concepts, worked on the design of the car while at Pininfarina with Luca Borgogno taking over after he left initially for Bertone, and then for Saab. More details about the car, which could spawn a limited run of 25 units in the near future, are to released at a later date.
For now, check out the new photos and the Google-translated release from the official Stratos website below.
Link / Source: New-Stratos


From (Automatically Translated from German)
The Initiator:
Michael Stoschek, collectors and historic racing cars and drivers of successful entrepreneurs in the automotive supply industry, has met with the development and construction of a modern version of the Stratos a long-cherished dream.
The current New Stratos is a private project by Michael Stoschek, who together with his son Maximilian, the technical conception and design of the OneOff-vehicle which is being built since the fall of 2008 at Pininfarina in Turin, has essentially determined.
Michael Stoschek is one of the most successful and respected business leaders in Germany and grandson of Max Brose, who founded in 1908 in Berlin, a trading company for automotive accessories. Today is the family business Brose with mechatronic components and systems for automobile doors, seats and electrical drives with 16,000 employees in 21 countries, more than € 3 billion. Under Stoschek leadership, the Brose Group, developed the fifth largest automotive supplier in family ownership.
A keen sportsman Stoschek is active collector of historical rally cars and driving them so ambitious that he and others three times the Carrera Panamericana and 2006 FIA World Rally Championship in a Porsche 911 SR, built in 1971 won. Among the uses of historic rally cars, rallies and hill climbs in the Stoschek, takes the Lancia Stratos Group 4 a special position. The vehicle has been built up over more than a decade after the specification of the works rally car Corsica 1974 Andruet / Biche in the Marlboro design.
The idea of developing a modern version of the "most fascinating rally cars of all time" came from an acquaintance with Chris Hrabalek, the Michael Stoschek first met in 1986 in Alta Badia in which he had organized World Stratos meeting. Also on the project Fenomenon Stratos, the 2005 presented at the Geneva Motor Show, was the acquisition of trademark rights and was involved Stoschek.
In September 2008, gave Michael and his son Maximilian Stoschek granted the company a contract to build a Pininfarina-OneOff vehicle the technical conception and design of the two-car enthusiasts were largely determined.

The New Stratos:
The extraordinary success and the fascination of the Lancia Stratos was not only in its uncompromising construction for use in motorsport founded, but also unique in its design. Were correspondingly high goals for the new Stratos, which will represent at the current high-performance sports car in every way exceptional.
As with the original Stratos was a roll cage into the body of the condensed to a Ferrari 430 Scuderia integrated chassis built sports car. He helps the New Stratos, whose body was made entirely of carbon fiber, excessive rigidity, which is reflected in an extremely precise handling. In combination with a power to weight ratio of 2.25 kg per hp and a weight of nearly 50:50 arise exceptional performance. The first test in Balocco could confirm the high expectations, but the details are still a lot of work to do.
Currently, the New Stratos one of a kind. Whether it is built and by whom an exclusive small series of about 25 other vehicles, is not decided yet.
Further details concerning the technical specification of the New Stratos will be announced in the coming weeks. Well and the results of the current test program are documented in these pages in image reports.

The Design:
The modern interpretation of a classic product is a designer for a special challenge. So it is difficult to find the right balance between the problem, on the one hand too much to take from the original and the other too far from the initial idea. Michael Stoschek is of the opinion that the more perfect a classic form, the less you should change it in principle, the Ford GT 40 is this a good example.
Particular caution is especially necessary when it is the re-interpretation of a design icon such as the Lancia Stratos. With its futuristic design, the radical Bertone study was already well on their performance in 1970 ahead of its time. Marcella Gandini was already compromises the premise of "form follows function" followed and was thus paved for the further development of the Stratos rally legend way.
For Michael Stoschek was therefore very interesting to see, as enthusiastic as many renowned designers alongside Chris Hrabalek from the idea of a modern Stratos were committed and have helped him to put his ideas into reality.
In 2008 started at Pininfarina, under the designer Jason Castriota, the work on the New Stratos, until he moved to Bertone. In the following year and a half took Luca Borgogno the design scepter and led the design of body and interior in close coordination with Michael Stoschek completed. And with the utmost dedication, for which he is now very grateful to Michael Stoschek.


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