Carjam: New Lancia Stratos driven by Ferrari President Montezemolo
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The man from Ferrari says yes - in fact, he says Bellissima! That is a good
description of the new Stratos. It is a recreation of the classic Lancia
Stratos from the seventies.
This is the President of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo test driving the new
Stratos for the first time on Ferrari's own test track Fiorano. He liked it
so much he signed it!
The new one off model had been commissioned to Pininfarina by Michael
Stoschek for himself and his son, Maximilian. This model designed in 2010
is exclusive and unique. A new, modern Stratos is being designed for 2011,
in tandem with the 40th anniversary of the original model. The car will use
the 4.3L V8 engine currently used in the Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The car's
body panels are speculated to be carbon fibre. It is further speculated
that this car will enjoy a limited-production run.
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. 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 Zero, 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 which had been first shown at the Turin
Motor Show in 1970. The body was wedge-shaped, and unusually short and
wide, providing maximum traction. The car later appeared in Michael
Jackson's 1988 film, Moonwalker as well as in his music video for Smooth
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.
Automobile design consultant Chris Hrabalek has the largest Lancia Stratos
Collection in the world - he owns 11 unique Lancia Stratos cars, including
the fluorescent red 1971 factory prototype and the 1977 Safari Rally car.
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Top secret Iran hostage rescue mission aircraft
YMC-130H were three modified Lockheed Hercules Aircraft for Top Secret
"Operation Credible Sport", for second Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt.
One of the measures considered for a second hostage rescue attempt in Iran
was a project to develop a "Super STOL" aircraft, to be flown by Combat
Talon crews, that would use a soccer stadium near the US Embassy as an
improvised landing field. Called Credible Sport, the project acquired three
C-130H transports from an airlift unit in late August 1980, one as a test
bed and two for the mission, and modified them on an accelerated basis.
Designated as the XFC-130H, the aircraft were modified by the installation
of 30 rockets in five sets: eight firing forward to stop the aircraft,
eight downward to brake its descent rate, eight rearward for takeoff
assist, four mounted on the wings to stabilize them during takeoff
transition, and two at the rear of the tail to prevent it from striking the
ground because of over-rotation. Other STOL features included a dorsal and
two ventral fins on the rear fuselage, double-slotted flaps and extended
ailerons, a new radome, a tailhook for landing aboard an aircraft carrier,
and Combat Talon avionics, including a TF/TA radar, a defensive
countermeasures suite, and a Doppler radar/GPS tie-in to the aircraft's
inertial navigation system.
Of the three aircraft, only one received full modification. The program
abruptly ended when it crashed during testing on October 29, 1980, and
international events soon after rendered another rescue attempt moot.
New Stratos on the city street circuit in Zwickau
Michael Stoschek and Dieter Hawranke on the city street circuit in Zwickau
during the Sachsen Rallye 2011.
You can find more of this awesome car based on the legendary Lancia Stratos
New Lancia Stratos Sound!
I have filmed the magnificent 2010 Lancia Stratos, a one-off supercar made
to celebrate the old glorious Lancia Stratos. The car has been commissioned
by Michael Stoschek and developed by Pininfarina. The base used to build
the car was the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, including many mechanical components
such as the chassis, gearbox and the 4.3L V8 engine tuned up to 532bhp.
The New Stratos weighs 1,247 kg (2,749 lb) and is claimed to accelerate to
62 mph in 3.3 seconds and on to a top speed close to 200 mph (320 km/h).
While shorter than its donor car, the New Stratos is a little larger than
the original Stratos, with a length of 4,181 mm (164.61 in), 1,971 mm
(77.60 in) wide and 1,240 mm (48.82 in) tall.
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