1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 23 October 2006 , 11:10:28 byEmil

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Lancia Stratos Group 4

Lancia developed the Stratos to win the World Rally Championship. Two versions of the model were shown, one during the 1970 Turin Motor Show and another a year later. The road version of this car was built to satisfy the homologation rules. The road version had noisy cockpits and did not have a cabin air circulation. The model is powered by a V6 mid-engine with a 2418 cc displacement that is capable of producing 280 BHP at 7800 rpm and 203 lb. ft. of torque at 6000 rpm. The power is being sent to the wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The body was built by Bertone and light-weight fiberglass was used whenever possible, the rear spoiler provided down-force and channeled air into the engine ducts. If the vehicle rolled-over the spoiler was actually strong enough to take the impact of the tumble.

The Betone designed Stratos was built for one purpose, to win the World Rally Championship. Two prototype versions of the Stratos were shown, one during the 1970 Turin Motor Show and another a year later. The road going versions of this car was built only to satisfy the homologation rules. As a result, the road version had noisy cockpits, was uncomfortable, and did not have good cabin air circulation. The front part of the car housed cooling fans and a spare tire. So it was not very practical when it came to luggage. In 1973, the Stratos won its first rally it participated in. In 1974 through 1976 it dominated the rally scene by capturing the World Championship. Since Lancia was owned by Fiat, who also owned Ferrari, there was a wealth of resources to draw from. And such, a Ferrari Dino V6 quad cam engine was used and placed in the rear of the car. The engine was capable of producing almost 200 horsepower which could propel the car from zero to sixty mph in just 7 seconds. A five speed manual gear box and 9.9 inch vented disc brakes were also used. The body was built by Bertone and light-weight fiberglass was used whenever possible. The rear spoiler provided down force and channeled air into the engine ducts. If the vehicle rolled-over the spoiler was actually strong enough to take the impact of the tumble. 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4

Configuration:Mid Engine/RWD
Engine:V6
Displacement:2418 cc
Horsepower:280 bhp @ 7800 rpm
Torque:203 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
Transmission:5-Speed Manual