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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lancia Stratos (1972-1974)


Model Stratos Sandro Munari is the work, then, a major Italian designer Bertone studio. Prototype sports car that first saw daylight in 1970 at a car dealership in Turin. The vehicle began a new era in racing, referring numerous successes in the 70s and early 80th

After the release of the conception in 1970, called Stratos Zero, one year later showed another prototype of Lancia - Stratos HF. Body was painted an impressive red fluorescence. In the car long sought a suitable motor. Individuals were taken into consideration, among others and the Lancia Beta Fulvii. But they proved to be too weak. Finally the 2.5-liter V6 with 190 horsepower from the Ferrari Dino. The drive was moved to the back. The racing versions of the engine power was greater.

Stratos was probably built the first car designed for racing. Civilian version had not enjoyed too much success. In total, an estimated 500 copies of the variety of road and competitive.

Lancia Stratos owed much success mainly due to its design. The car had a central cage structure with the rear frame, which was placed on the engine. Low, wedge-shaped body was short and wide. All these factors meant that Stratos was characterized by excellent traction. Vehicle weight is 980 kg.

Lancia driver repeatedly stood on the podium a number of raids, dealing in all weather conditions. Evidence of this were three World Championship Constructors' titles in a row (1974, 1975 and 1976). In addition, in 1976 Bernard Darniche in Stratosie European Championship. The car ended his participation in rallies in 1979, when it comes to the factory teams.