Manufacturers like looking to the past when creating new cars, but when it came to recreating the Lancia Stratos, it didn't fall to parent company Fiat Chrysler. Instead, a low-volume manufacturer called Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) has taken the reins, and will create a modern re-imagining of the rally-bred icon.
The New Stratos (don't call it a Lancia) is actually based on a 2010 concept car that MAT built for German automotive tycoon Michael Stoschek. However, while that concept was based on the chassis and running gear of a Ferrari F430, the Italian brand was not keen to share those parts for a production model, and quickly put the brakes on wider production.
Eight years later, MAT is back, with a car that looks incredibly similar. However, the company is cagey about mechanical details – saying only that it's mid-engined and produces "more than" 550bhp.
The reborn Stratos will weigh in at just 1,274kg and will match the original car's 12-foot length – though it will be a lot wider. It retains lots of the original's design cues, including that iconic wedge shape, curved windscreen and a welded roll cage.
"I am delighted that other passionate car enthusiasts will be able to experience how the successor to the most fascinating rally car of the 1970s still sets the bar for design and performance," said Stoschek.
MAT gained permission from Stoschek to "replicate the new Stratos using the same design and technologies of his car."