The final road-ready version of the recreated Lancia Stratos was handed over to its owner last week during a ceremony held at the Pininfarina factory in Turin where the dramatic sports car project was developed and conceived.
"Draped in black cloth, the New Stratos stood waiting in a Pininfarina production hall for its new owner. Work on the details – painting, polishing, etc – had been underway up until the final hour. Now, at handover time, the automobile, the recreation of a legend, was near perfect."
"A big kudos is due to the Pininfarina team, which after two years of hard work delivered a perfect car," says the official website. "Only upon reviewing the comprehensive photo documentation, can the amount of work that’s gone into the construction of this one-off vehicle be truly appreciated. Right down to the very last detail the finish is exceptional for an one-off car.
"Engineers and technicians take the New Stratos for a few further short test drives around the Italian design company to make absolutely sure everything is in perfect working order. Adjustments are made once more; final details optimized. Then, at last, the glasses are raised, words of thanks exchanged, and the obligatory handover celebration goes on late into the night.
"The following morning, the time has come: the New Stratos sets course for its new home – and although the highway isn’t the racecar’s preferred territory, it delivers some real driving pleasure right off the bat, on the first entry ramp. In the coming days, the sports car will add several miles to the 3,000 test kilometers it clocked up in recent months at various racetracks and handling circuits. Final performance figures have to be determined, objective measurements transformed into verifiable data. After all, there are only a few more weeks to go until the New Stratos’ presentation to the international press at the Paul Ricard Circuit." In a week's time.