Lancia Stratos - A Works History
The Lancia Stratos was the first purpose built rally car from the Italian marque that went on to win three manufacturers titles, a feat that was not beaten until the Integrale. The Stratos was styled by none other than Marcello Gandini of Bertone, who created the iconic wedge shape of the Stratos. The car was powered by a 2.4L Ferrari V6 in both the Stradale and Corsa versions of the car. The Group 4 version produced 280bhp and the car underwent different bodywork variations in its time. The early cars ran without a rear spoiler giving the car a more clean look at the cost of rear grip. For 1975 the rear spoiler was introduced along with the start of the Iconic Alitalia sponsorship. In the hands of the works drivers and privateers the car began on an incredible string of successes including 18 WRC victories and three world championships. The Stratos remains one of the most recognisable rally cars of all time.