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Lancia Stratos General Information

This car is one of the all time highlights of rallying. It is the first successful purpose built rally car ever. To have the story correct, the first purpose built rally car would have to be the Ford GT70. But the GT70 wasn't faster (at least on gravel) than the Escort and Ford soon decided that for marketing and budget the simpler and more road car like Escort was the way to go. Lancia's approach was way more brutal than that of Ford. Both cars were mid engined, lightweight sports coupés, but only the Lancia had a supercar engine as well! They simply borrowed one from Ferrari!

And this was part of what made the Stratos so special, moving emotions in every rally fan. Basically being a Ferrari mid-engined sports coupé doesn't sound like the perfect rally car. But the Stratos was just something so special, engineered without shortcuts. It had a very solid, huge rear subframe, so it could take rough conditions and still handle decently. It had a rear bonnet that would open the entire rear half of the body and allow easy access to about everything (a layout that wasn't seen again until the group B 205 T16 ten years later), so it was very easy to service. And it had the power as well, in form of a Ferrari engine that as a bonus would sound just absolutely sexy! About everything around the Stratos was mystique. And after the first WRC title in 1973 went to Renault-Alpine, Lancia replied in winning 3 titles on the trott with the Stratos. The abilities of this car were amasing. Lancia indeed managed to build a mid-engined tarmac racer that would allow Björn Waldegaard to win in the snow of the 1975 Swedish Rally and Sandro Munari to come 2nd on the same year Safari! There are many cars that could claim to be the best of their era or their category, but there was never another rally car quite like the Stratos!

The Stratos was so brilliant that even their own mother company had a tough struggle to kill it. At first there were doubts if a specialist car like the Stratos would be ideal for road car marketing. Accordingly Lancia developped and ran the Beta Coupé in the WRC, but the Stratos survived it! Then Fiat stepped in, the Fiat 131 Mirafiori was designed to replace the Stratos in the WRC. And indeed the 131 was the more used model and a big success, but was it really faster than the Stratos? As late as 1981 Bernard Darniche entered the Tour de Corse in a completely private Stratos and won that rally - 1981 was the very year the Fiat 131 celebrated its scheduled farewell!

There were 2 main versions of the Stratos in rallying and they seem to be the wrong way round, a curiosity.

1) "HF" & "HF 4v": When the Stratos debuted on Corsica 1972 it was a group5 prototype. The HF from San Remo 1974 was homologated into group4 but basically identical to the group5 prototype and test car. As well when the "4v" came, changes were very minor. The whole point of the "4v" was to increase power and Lancia did so in giving it 4-valves per cylinder = 24v cylinder heads. The attachments "4-valves" and later "2-valves" were never part of the official name but commonly used to identify one Stratos version from the other.

2) "HF 2v": This however was a completely different story. It seems a curiosity that the Stratos with 2-valves per cylinder was the successor of the 4v! This seems to be a step back in development, but was the result of a regulation change. From 1978 the freedom of the number of valves was cancelled in group4 and as the Stratos' Ferrari base engine was standard a 2v layout, the group4 Stratos had to follow suit. But Lancia made a huge effort to compensate for this step backwards. This "HF 2v" was like a completely new design. Only this "2v" had the characteristic roof aerofoil, a large rear spoiler and much wider wheel arches. The whole rear body was a complete re-design and even the dash was totally different!

For the chassis numbers and photos a big thank you to Udo Sparwald at www.lancia-stratos.de
 

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Lancia Stratos Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Lancia Stratos HF (74-75) 240/7800 275/6000 3710.1750.1110 960 (4) RWD (2180)
Lancia Stratos HF 2v (78-81) 270/7800 275/6000 3710.1860.1100 960 (3.55) RWD (2180)
Lancia Stratos HF 4v (76-77) 290/8000 300/6000 3710.1750.1110 970 (3.3) RWD (2180)

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Lancia Stratos Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
6th. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Darniche A. Mahé #4 [UNKNOWN] 10:13:02
1st. 1981 WRC Tour de Corse B. Darniche A. Mahé #10 [UNKNOWN] 14:26:32
2nd. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Darniche A. Mahé #1 [UNKNOWN] 8:52:58
9th. 1980 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Sirocco" . Makrinos #18 [UNKNOWN] 13:37:07
88th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Bacchelli B. Scabini #6 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Darniche A. Mahé #4 [UNKNOWN] 8:13:38
1st. 1979 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Fassina M. Mannini #2 [UNKNOWN] 12:37:17
1st. 1979 WRC Tour de Corse B. Darniche A. Mahé #1 [UNKNOWN] 14:36:46
5th. 1979 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Alen I. Kivimäki #2 [UNKNOWN] 8:20:23
7th. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Mouton F. Conconi #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:05:50
10th. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Bacchelli A. Bernacchini #5 [UNKNOWN] 7:11:58
4th. 1978 WRC Swedish Rally S. Blomqvist H. Sylvan #1 [UNKNOWN] 6:48:11
6th. 1978 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Sirocco" . Makrinos #8 [UNKNOWN] 11:04:17
1st. 1978 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Alen I. Kivimäki #4 [UNKNOWN] 10:53:28
6th. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dacremont C. Galli #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:01:10
1st. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Munari S. Maiga #1 [UNKNOWN] 6:36:13
3rd. 1977 WRC Safari Rally S. Munari P. Sodano #7 [UNKNOWN] 13:14:00
4th. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Pregliasco V. Reisoli #10 [UNKNOWN] 10:38:30
2nd. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #4 [UNKNOWN] 8:17:07
4th. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse T. Carello M. Perissinot #19 [UNKNOWN] 8:25:02
25th. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Munari P. Sodano #7 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Munari S. Maiga #10 [UNKNOWN] 6:25:10
2nd. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #6 [UNKNOWN] 6:26:37
3rd. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Darniche A. Mahé #12 [UNKNOWN] 6:31:23
4th. 1976 WRC Swedish Rally S. Lampinen A. Hertz #3 [UNKNOWN] 8:45:52
1st. 1976 WRC Rallye de Portugal S. Munari S. Maiga #1 [UNKNOWN] 5:41:26
4th. 1976 WRC Rallye de Portugal R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #4 [UNKNOWN] 6:33:54
12th. 1976 WRC Safari Rally V. Preston Jnr. J. Lyall #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1976 WRC Rally Morocco S. Munari S. Maiga #3 [UNKNOWN] 21:38:38
1st. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #4 [UNKNOWN] 10:27:40
2nd. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Munari S. Maiga #1 [UNKNOWN] 10:27:44
3rd. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #6 [UNKNOWN] 10:37:13
4th. 1976 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Fassina M. Mannini #11 [UNKNOWN] 10:59:22
1st. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse S. Munari S. Maiga #1 [UNKNOWN] 8:23:55
2nd. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse B. Darniche A. Mahé #5 [UNKNOWN] 8:24:12
4th. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Munari S. Maiga #7 [UNKNOWN] 6:08:49
1st. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Munari M. Mannucci #14 [UNKNOWN] 6:25:59
1st. 1975 WRC Swedish Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #4 [UNKNOWN] 7:19:46
2nd. 1975 WRC Safari Rally S. Munari L. Drews #3 [UNKNOWN] 12:36:00
3rd. 1975 WRC Safari Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #8 [UNKNOWN] 13:57:00
11th. 1975 WRC Safari Rally V. Preston Jnr. J. Lyall #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #11 [UNKNOWN] 10:22:52
1st. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse B. Darniche A. Mahé #6 [UNKNOWN] 4:58:26
1st. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Munari M. Mannucci #2 [UNKNOWN] 9:12:43
1st. 1974 WRC Rideau Lakes Rally S. Munari M. Mannucci #103 [UNKNOWN] 4:54:32
3rd. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Munari P. Sodano #3 [UNKNOWN] 8:11:55
1st. 1974 WRC Tour de Corse J. Andruet . "Biche" #2 [UNKNOWN] 4:50:10

Lancia Stratos Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1981 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Alen I. Kivimäki #3 [UNKNOWN] SS19 crash
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Tabaton E. Radaelli #24 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine
Ret. 1980 WRC Acropolis Rally B. Darniche A. Mahé #2 [UNKNOWN] SS14 steering
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye de Portugal B. Darniche A. Mahé #3 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine
Ret. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #34 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1979 WRC Tour de Corse F. Serpaggi D. Emmanuelli #12 [UNKNOWN] SS2 fuel pump
Ret. 1979 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Tabaton . UNKNOWN #16 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally B. Darniche A. Mahé #2 [UNKNOWN] SS50 suspension
Ret. 1979 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Sirocco" C. Fertakis #12 [UNKNOWN] SS31 suspension
Ret. 1979 WRC Rallye de Portugal B. Darniche A. Mahé #2 [UNKNOWN] SS7 fire
Ret. 1978 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Munari P. Sodano #10 [UNKNOWN] SS27 engine
Ret. 1978 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Alen I. Kivimäki #3 [UNKNOWN] SS38 gearbox
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Bettega . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Vudafieri M. Mannini #14 [UNKNOWN] SS43 crash
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Cambiaghi M. Vittadello #26 [UNKNOWN] SS17 engine
Ret. 1978 WRC Tour de Corse F. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #8 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Tour de Corse A. Vudafieri B. Scabini #11 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Tour de Corse A. Bettega . UNKNOWN #14 [UNKNOWN] SS8 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye de Portugal B. Darniche A. Mahé #3 [UNKNOWN] SS12 ?
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Munari P. Sodano #1 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Coleman D. O'Sullivan #30 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally S. Lampinen S. Andreasson #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally R. Ulyate I. Street #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Carello M. Perissinot #12 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Munari P. Sodano #2 [UNKNOWN] SS10 transmission
Ret. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse S. Munari P. Sodano #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1977 WRC Tour de Corse F. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Darniche A. Mahé #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Hoepfner D. Delauny #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1977 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Tour de Corse F. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Pregliasco A. Garzoglio #11 [UNKNOWN] SS17 clutch
Ret. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #7 [UNKNOWN] SS11 driveshaft
Ret. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #3 [UNKNOWN] SS11 oil pipe
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally F. Tundo A. Levitan #27 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally S. Munari S. Maiga #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Swedish Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Swedish Rally P. Walfridsson K. Nilsson #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #2 [UNKNOWN] SS0 did not start, sacked by Lancia, swapped entry with N°32, Nigel Rockey, Ford
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Walfridsson A. Frazer #23 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #2 [UNKNOWN] SS72 disqualified - losing bodywork
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Munari M. Mannucci #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Walfridsson J. Jensen #16 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Munari M. Mannucci #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 punctures
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #7 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1975 WRC Tour de Corse S. Munari M. Mannucci #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #4 [UNKNOWN] SS9 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally B. Waldegaard H. Thorszelius #1 [UNKNOWN] SS35 electrics
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Pinto A. Bernacchini #17 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Andruet Y. Jouanny #1 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Tour de Corse S. Munari M. Mannucci #6 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1974 WRC Tour de Corse A. Ballestrieri M. Mannini #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 electrics
Ret. 1974 WRC USA Press on Regardless Rally S. Munari M. Mannucci #64 [UNKNOWN] SS99 distributer
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Ballestrieri S. Maiga #4 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Cambiaghi . UNKNOWN #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?