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MAT Lancia Stratos shown in production form at Geneva Motor Show

Lee Stern
6 Mar 2018

The new Lancia Stratos will be produced in limited numbers by Manifattura Automobili Torino.

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Italian coachbuilder MAT (Manifattura Automobili Torino ) will begin production of the reimagined Lancia Stratos and it has unveiled its hommage to the 70s rally legend at the 2018 Geneva motor show. Only 25 examples of the new Stratos will be built by MAT, whose previous work includes the Glickenhaus SCG003C race car and the P4/5 Competizione Mark III.

Details of the wedge-shaped Italian sports car are scarce, but rumours suggest it’ll follow the same template set by the concept evo drove back in 2011. That car used a Ferrari F430 Scuderia for its major components, including the chassis and 4.3-litre flat-plane V8 engine.

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The project was shelved in 2011 after Ferrari reportedly refused Pininfarina permission to create the proposed limited run of production cars. Those behind the project issued a statement at the time. ‘Pininfarina has advised us that they will only carry out construction of a limited run with the express permission of Ferrari. Despite (then) Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo’s excellent assessment of the New Stratos after his test drive at Fiorano, Ferrari does not consent to construction of the planned limited run.’

Speaking about the project a MAT spokesperson said, ‘The base platform that MAT will use will allow the creation of a GT racer, a Safari version and a competent supercar for the daily use.’ Michael Stoschek, who invested in the project back in the 2000s, said, ‘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’.

For our full in-depth drive and rundown on the Stratos remake click here.

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