Ever since, the idea of a new Lancia Stratos since it was dropped as far back as 2010, has had the motoring enthusiasts of the world drooling. The project which was launched by billionaire German businessman Michael Stoschek, and was to be designed by Pininfarina based on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia as a base. With a 200 mm shorter chassis and a Ferrari powered V8 (like the original Stratos that had V6 straight out of Maranello) it seemed like the appropriate thing to do. That is until Ferrari found out and blocked the project for Pininfarina and anyone else tried to get involved. However, Eight years since the project was first announced, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
A small company called Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) has licensed the car from Stoschek and will build 25 units of the new-gen Lancia Stratos in limited quantities. Although, they will skip the Ferrari shell, and it is still unclear what will underpin the new Stratos but MAT has said that it will make a more than generous 542 hp.
Sticking to the roots of the Lancia MAT says the new Lancia “will allow the creation of a GT racer, a Safari version” along with “a competent supercar for the daily use” All we could ever ask from the encore of one of the most iconic road, and rally cars ever built. It's likely that MAT will unveil the new Stratos at the Geneva Motorshow along with what they expect for it. Although they have not mentioned anything as else yet it could easily wind up a six-figure sum.
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