Italian coachbuilder Bertone can take credit for the Stratos, as it debuted the concept at the 1970 Turin Motor Show, Italy. Inspired by the first car, the Stratos HF appeared a year later at the same show, using a Ferrari V6 engine. Lancia had taken note of the car, and when in 1973 they needed 500 cars built for rally homologation, they commissioned Bertone to do the work. Later that year the Stratos took its first win at the Spanish Firestone Rally, but the real results came the following year when the homologation production was completed and the Stratos won the first of three consecutive World Rally Championships. Its success is down to how well it was built. It had a center steel cage with rear frame holding the engine and strut suspension, while the front end had wishbones. Lancia continued using the quad-cam Dino engine, with three Weber twin-choke carbs in road form.
Lancia Stratos Specifications
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