Sunday, April 5, 2009

My First Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos HF, widely known as Lancia Stratos is an automobile made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia.

The Stratos was a very successful rally car during the 1970s and early 1980s. It started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed from scratch for this kind of competition.[2] The three leading men behind the entire rallying project were Lancia team manager Cesare Fiorio, British racer/engineer Mike Parkes and factory rally driver Sandro Munari.

1970 Lancia Stratos 0, the first prototype of Lancia Stratos

The bodywork was designed by Marcello Gandini, head designer at Bertone, and the technical layout was loosely based on a (Lancia Fulvia V4 powered) concept car called Stratos Zero first shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1970. The body was wedge-shaped, and unusually short and wide, providing maximum traction.

In 1971 Lancia presented the Lancia Stratos HF prototype. The Stratos prototype (Chassis 1240) was fluorescent red in colour and featured a distinctive crescent-shaped-wrap-around windshield providing maximum forward visibility with almost no rear visibility (which was unnecessary for rallying anyway). The prototype had three different engines in its early development life: the Lancia Fulvia engine, the Lancia Beta engine and finally the mid-mounted 190 bhp (140 kW) 2418 cc Dino Ferrari V6.

Lancia did extensive testing with the Stratos and raced the car in several racing events where Group 5 prototypes were allowed during the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Production of the 400 cars required for homologation in Group 4 were launched in 1973 and the car was homologated for the 1974 World Rally Championship.[3] The Dino V6 was phased out in 1974, but 500 engines among the last built were delivered to Lancia.

The car won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles in the hands of Sandro Munari and Björn Waldegård, and might have gone on to win more had not internal politics within the Fiat group placed rallying responsibility on the Fiat 131 Abarths. As well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, all courtesy of Munari, the Stratos won the event with the private Chardonnet Team as late as 1979.

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the diecast is by Del Prado in 1:43 scale


VeheN said...

this was the italian stallion 3 after ROCKY and FERRARI ... =D

thx for share buddy!

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks VeheN, pure italian breed! :-)

118diecast said...

Mike my friend! Wow, you always surprise me with new 1:43 models! You have to tell me your source man. This is a must have indeed. Cheers!

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

Thanks Gene! :-)

konti lang naman sources ko, nawala pa si Philip. This one came from Gary in HK, its a double so I got it from him.

Andre said...

The REal Lancia Stratos ! congratulations, nice car.
Now you have to give "tips" to us to take beaitiful pictures like you !

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks Andre! :-)
I just use a 3 point lighting and some colored paper for the background, make sure that if you don't have macro feature on your cam to shoot a little farther.

komenda said...

Hey Mike, your're 1:43 stuff are seriously beautiful. Love that Lancia Stratos. It remimded me to scan my boxes on ones that i have.

About 1:43 source=Philip. Did he closed shop in GH? PLMK