Could it be that the almighty Ferrari is getting a case of envy over the success and popularity of one of its sub-brands? Of course, the Prancing Horse won’t admit it, but how else do you explain their decision to prevent the Lancia’s New Stratos from becoming a limited production supercar after the one-off version of Michael Stoscheck proved to be a box-office success?

As you know by now, the New Stratos comes with plenty of Ferrari mechanicals and building one would need the green light of Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. But according to numerous reports, Ferrari is not allowing its suppliers to get involved in the production of a limited number of New Stratos supercars despite the growing number of interest surrounding it.

With supplier’s hands tied behind their backs, specifically that of Pininfarina, the people behind the entire New Stratos project are trying to come up with a Plan B to get the entire project up and running again while looking at other potential partners.

Granted, we’re not sure exactly how they’re going to be able to do it without ruffling some feathers in Maranello, but given that the New Stratos already has over 40 prospective customers signed up, we really don’t see why Ferrari is suddenly a little hesitant in backing the project.

Perhaps they’re afraid that they might gain a competitor for their cars? It’s certainly looking that way.


Source: New Stratos

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  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

I think the Ferrari is scared that their other versions will be beaten by this Lancia that is why they want it to be limited. For me, it’s a good thing that many people are now ordering this stuff.

  (383) posted on 07.15.2011

I think Ferrari have seen a bad sign on this Lancia’s New Stratos. But for me, knowing that there are almost 40 customers signed up, I think its better if they run it ahead.

  (449) posted on 07.14.2011

Agreed. Once this car was debut, I bet it would compete with the high performing vehicle in Ferrari line like the F430 Scuderia , Italia and California. I wonder what’s the plan B of the Lancia.

  (797) posted on 07.14.2011

Most probably Ferrari feels threatened about the New Stratos. Lancia have meticulously made an awesome engineering for the styling of this car. And I couldn’t admit on how great its design, it looks so sporty and aggressive. And with the engine performance I bet it would be as powerful as the F430 Scuderia.

  (2) posted on 07.13.2011


Despite the increase in Chrysler quality over the past years, their parts and chassis are still very cheap, and relatively rudimentary.

The idea of the new Stratos is to pay homage to one of the greatest rally cars ever built. Building it on an entry sedan chassis would be a disgrace.

  (24) posted on 07.13.2011

why don’t they use Chrysler group parts, ex: 200 chassis, with new challenger and NEW Viper parts? Or use fiat’s coupe platform with a Chrysler-sourced 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 for power.

  (68) posted on 07.13.2011


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