New Stratos to be unveiled at Salon Privé

Only 25 will be built in modern tribute to famed 1970s rally cars

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New Stratos is a modern version of the famed 1970s rally car | MAT photos

Among the most sensational rally cars of the 1970s, the Lancia Stratos was a mid-engine coupe designed by Marcello Gandini that won the World Rally Championship three years in a row.

In September at Salon Privé in England, the New Stratos will be unveiled by Manifattura Automobili Torino, a new automaker based in Turin, Italy.  The car was to have been shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, but that event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Only 25 of the cars will be produced, each powered by a 540 horsepower 4.3-liter Ferrari V8. MAT says the cars will accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds, but they will have their top speed limited to 170 mph.

MAT was founded by Paolo Garella and his son, Riccardo. Paolo Garella was head of the special project division at Pininfarina. The company already has been involved in such projects as the P4/5 Copetizione and SCG003C&S series cars for American collector, racer and entrepreneur Jim Glickenhaus. It also did the Apollo Intensa Emozione and is a partner in the Aspark Owl, a Japanese-based hypercar project.

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The New Stratos is based on the chassis of a Ferrari F430, but the new version has a shorter wheelbase to better re-create the proportions of the original car.  It has a lightened frame and carbon-fiber body, and weighs 176 pounds less than the F430.

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“The MAT Stratos is a brilliant modern-day interpretation of a ’70s icon, and the passion, skill and engineering that have gone into creating this stunning homage are clear to see,” said Salon Prive sales director David Bagley. 

“In designing the new car, MAT have made every effort to re-create a car that is as true as can be to the original, even down to the helmet compartment built into the inner door compartment.”

For more information, visit the MAT or Salon Prive websites.

Salon Prive is scheduled for September 23-26 at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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