This is a one-off remake of the 1970 Lancia Stratos, part-developed by Pininfarina and based on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia. It’s the culmination of a 10-year dream, turned to a reality by Stratos enthusiast Chris Hrabalek, now a designer at Bugatti, and Michael Stoschek, chairman of family-owned German automotive components supplier Brose.
Hrabalek built a modern Stratos concept that was displayed at the Geneva show in 2005, the positive reaction to this spurring him and project shareholder Stoschek into attempting to find a partner that could build the car for limited production.
That initiative eventually faltered, but Pininfarina’s recent creation of one-offs for customers enabled Hrabalek to persuade Stoschek that he should do the same, the Italian design house evolving the Hrabalek car and adapting it to receive the running gear of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
The Scuderia’s chassis is shortened by 20cm in the wheelbase and a roll-cage added to an aluminium sub-structure structure that’s clad in immaculately patterned exposed-weave carbonfibre. The carbon body, the shortened chassis and various weight-savings shed 80kg compared to the Scuderia, for an all up weight of 1247kg despite the additional roll-cage and air conditioning.
The Stratos’s power-to-weight ratio is further improved by a modest power increase, taking the total to 533bhp. A mechanical diff replaces the Ferrari E-diff, and the suspension has been recalibrated to suit the altered weight and aerodynamics and Stoschek’s desire for sharper handling, while the F430’s paddle-shift F1 gearbox is retained.