We first mentioned the New Stratos when it was still under development. Created as a tribute to the legendary Lancia Stratos – the Group B race car with under 500 examples from the 1970s, only 25 examples of New Stratos were actually built by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) based on Ferrari F430 Scuderia donor cars. Now the very first example out of the limited production run will be available for auction.
The Lancia Stratos project could be dated back in 2009 when the concept was first conceived, but it wasn’t until 2019 that the production of this very first example was completed. Built with a carbon fibre body originally penned by Pininfarina and testified in wind tunnel for its aerodynamics, the New Stratos features 7.9 inches shortened and heavily modified Ferrari F430 Scuderia wheelbase. Under the hood is the updated Ferrari’s 4.3-litre V8, now pushing the more-than-original 540bhp. The limited supercar is also 50 kg lighter than the donor car thanks to the lightweight steel frame.
This particular example had 30,000 km on the odometer as a Ferrari, and further 3,000 km after the transformation, it is now wrapped in iconic Alitalia rally livery.
The stunning New Stratos will go under the hammer at the Bonhams Paris auction on 6 February.