The original Lancia Stratos must now sit comfortably amongst the top 5 most iconic cars of all time and in an era where classic and rare cars have reached values far beyond the reach of most people then an owning an original Stratos has become little more than a dream to the majority of potential buyers. Factor into this already burgeoning price the additional maintenance and running costs then we find that more and more cars are being stored away in collections and are now being bought as assets rather than as cars which we will actually see out and being driven.
Step forward the STR, a car built with the ethos of the original Lancia but one which can actually be used in the real world without the fear of damage or reliability issues all for a fraction of the cost of an original Lancia.
Whether it be the traditional Stradale shape that ticks the boxes or a fully fledged GP4 rally lookalike with Alitalia livery and additional lamps and scoops, we can cover the bases all with a healthy dose of modern engineering and thinking incorporated into the design.
With its torsionally rigid chassis and compliant suspension the STR is equally suited to life as a fast road car or grand tourer but also lends itself to participating on track days, sprints or even hill climbs. Safety is never a concern due to its fully integrated roll cage and braking capabilities. Various engine options are available with power options ranging from the 2.5litre Alfa V6 with 190Hp through to the 3.5litre supercharged Toyota V6 with 350Hp+ which is more commonly found in the back of the Lotus Evora or Exige.
With enough authentic features either factored into the design or available as options then it is possible to configure the car to the point where it can confuse all but the most ardent of enthusiasts.