- The Lancia Stratos was a successful rally car of the 70s, known for its lightweight chassis and powerful Ferrari engine.
- The modern rendering of the Lancia Stratos showcases an updated design with modern features while retaining the iconic features of the original.
- Although the Lancia Stratos is a rare and valuable car these days, there are other options to experience Lancia’s rally heritage, such as the Kimera EV037, although they come with a hefty price tag.
Turbocharging, four-wheel drive performance of cars is synonymous with cohesion. In the early 80s, the Audi Quattro was one of the first cars to get a 4×4 transmission.
Everyone remembers (or knows) the four-wheel-drive turbocharged monsters that dominated Group B before its demise. Despite this, the Lancia 037 still managed to win the manufacturers’ title in the 1983 rear-wheel drive (and naturally aspirated) World Rally Championship. It was the last car with rear wheels.
The 037’s predecessor, the Lancia Stratos, was another Lancia built from the ground up as a rally car and released as road homologation. Everyone loves homologations – gifts to the enthusiast world that have resulted in some of the most exciting road cars ever created.
Lancia’s Stratos predated the 037 by about ten years and was also a very successful car. This iconic car managed to gain a following, and there were many replicas, unofficial prototypes and even a limited edition modern Stratos.
If Lancia intends to release an official successor to the Stratos, they could start with this design: courtesy of our new render model HotCars artist Timothy Edry Emmanuel.
What is Lancia Stratos?
The idea of power-sliding through corners and jumping crests in a rear-engine rear-wheel-drive car is intimidating, but competitive rallying was no stranger to this type of setup.
One of the first high-performance cars built from the ground up as a rally car, the Stratos combined a lightweight, short-wheelbase chassis with a powerful Ferrari engine, resulting in an agile car. The Lancia Stratos compact rally car with fiberglass front and rear weighed less than 2,000 pounds but made up to 320 hp. It was so strong that it won the WRC championship three years in a row starting in 1974.
It got its power from a Ferrari engine, but it wasn’t Ferrari V12 power. It used a V6 engine from the Ferrari Dino, displacing 2.4 liters and being naturally aspirated, although the road version of the Stradale produced 190 hp. 166 lb-ft (about the same as a Ferrari Dino 246).
That was good enough for a 6.8-second 0-60 mph time, and the speedometer needle didn’t stop until it read 144 mph. These 65 degree Ferrari V8s were sent to Lancia once the Dino line started using the new V8 engine in the Dino 308.
These road-homologation examples began production in 1973, with just under 500 produced after 1974. The Stratos design was iconic with its awkward wedge-shaped front end and sharp Kammback-style rear end, somewhat reminiscent of the Lamborghini Miura.
The modern successor to the Lancia Stratos rally car
Our rendering looks unmistakably like a modern Lancia Stratos from every angle, despite the complete rebuild and inclusion of modern features. Its short, angular body is back, and so are its curved sides.
The light bar sits in a recessed grille at the front of the car, while the hood above features unexpected drop-down lamp covers that reveal new LED headlights.
The classic Lancia Stratos used traditional retractable headlights. Note the front splitter and the new extended design of the car, which sits on bronze wheels from the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, inspired by the Stratos bronze wheels, which were similar in design to the road cars.
There are now intakes on the sides for the mid-mounted engine, and at the back there are LEDs on the black back of the front fascia. Its spoiler is similar to the original, but the twin tailpipes are enlarged.
One of the most memorable design elements of the Lancia Stratos is the roof-mounted wing, and we don’t see it on many cars, but it wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t here.
In the rendering video, we can hear an angry engine sound – and we can only guess what might be driving this new Lancia Stratos. Maybe a well-tuned turbocharged V6 engine. It certainly looks like a Formula 1 engine as it hits the rev limiter. If it still uses a Ferrari engine like the original Stratos, we can imagine that this render contains a virtual Ferrari 296 GTB engine. The GTB uses a twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 that produces 654 hp. without hybrid equipment.
The real modern Lancia Stratos you can buy
This performance car won’t be the first attempt to bring the Lancia Stratos back from extinction.
Because the Stratos was not produced very much – only the required 500 or so for homologation – and thanks to the car’s iconic status, many replicas were made, as well as some high-profile projects. The Fenomenon Stratos was an ambitious concept presented at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It was supposed to use a Ferrari engine, but unfortunately it never happened.
Partly due to this stalled project, a unique “new” Lancia Stratos was ordered, and the legendary Pininfarina produced a working example based on a shortened Ferrari F430 Scuderia chassis; its engine is also appropriately ported. The 4.3-liter Ferrari V8 developed 532 hp. However, Ferrari would not support the project and the design house would never be able to produce the car.
After years of trying to bring the car to completion, a new company, Manifattura Automobili Torino, has finally begun work on a run of 25 New Stratos cars, with each model based on the customer’s donor F430. As of 2021, the first 8 cars have been sold to buyers and the cost of the Ferrari to Lancia conversion was over $670,000. That didn’t include the value of the donor Ferrari F430 Scuderia, which was around $200,000.
How much is a Lancia Stratos worth today?
If you think a combined price of nearly $900,000 is a lot for a new Stratos, the current average price of an original Lancia Stratos might seem more reasonable. Relatively speaking.
According to Hagerty, the average Stratos in 2023 is $563,000 for the 1974 and 1975 models. As you can imagine, with less than 500 cars produced in the early 70s, not many of these powerful cars come up for sale very often.
Classic.com Records just a few cars that have been auctioned in the last 5 yearsand some of them were not sold.
Lancia as a car brand has all but disappeared lately, but there is another interesting car based on the Lancia 037: the Kimera EV037.
This car is a restomod based on the iconic rally car, lovingly created in Italy by Kimera Automobili.
It has a redesigned exterior and interior along with a 500 hp turbocharged and supercharged engine and a manual transmission. Kimera’s car is a chance to experience an ’80s Lancia rally car in factory-fresh condition, but the price tag is just as impressive at $730,000. In 2023, the Lancia 037 costs around $500,000, so experiencing that kind of heritage is still going to be an exciting price however you go about it.