Yes, that’s a Ford Escort flying through the air into a Lancia Stratos, pushing the Italian car out of the racing line. It is one of the most hilarious moves I’ve ever seen in motorsports, I just don’t know what race it’s from.
Mostly, new-product launches are as exciting as watching Chris O'Donnell in a checkers match. But Pirelli chose the foothils of the Italian Alps to launch a new line of tires for historic rally cars. Historic rally cars, you say?
The company behind the re-imagined New Stratos confirmed in an email today what we first reported back in July: Ferrari won't let them build it. But, they also hinted at a new, more French direction for their next car.
The revived Lancia Stratos engineered into reality by a German millionaire was expected to spawn 40 copies for wealthy fans of the resurrected rally champion. That plan has now been blocked by a key player — Ferrari.
The Lancia Stratos HF Group 4 rally car is the most iconic woods-whipper in history, so it's fitting der neue Stratos would eventually get painted in Alitalia livery. Why would you order a New Stratos any other way?
The just-released specs for the New Stratos read like a "Dear Penthouse" letter; strangely ideal, impossibly athletic and therefore hard to believe. A 5 lb/hp power-to-weight ratio's just the beginning. We suggest you lock your bedroom door before reading on.