Now this is the modern Lancia Stratos of our dreams.
These days, Lancia is a shadow of its former self. The only model in the company's current lineup is the Ypsilon supermini sold exclusively in Italy, but there was a time when the Italian automaker built legendary rally cars like the Stratos and the Delta that spawned homologated road-going variants.
There have been attempts to modernize the Delta and Stratos for the 21st century with the launch of the Ferrari F430-based New Stratos by Manifattura Automobili Torino and the Lancia Delta Futurista, but neither of these projects were endorsed by Lancia. Since Lancia has no plans to revive the Stratos any time soon, independent artist Guilherme Araujo has presented their vision of a Lancia supercar for the 21st century.
Dubbed the Lancia L Concept Homage, the retro-inspired supercar concept is the modern Lancia Stratos we would love to see. The design is inspired by the Stratos Zero Concept that debuted in 1970 and the classic Stratos, combining the car's distinctive wedge shape with modern design elements such as slim triangular-shaped LED lights replacing the pop-up headlights on the original Stratos and a wraparound windshield. The design has also been modernized with aggressive aero components such as a a roof scoop, a prominent rear spoiler and front splitter, and significantly larger fenders that give the concept a very striking appearance.
"This is my interpretation of a sports car for the brand in today's world, keeping the heritage but exploring new possibilities of the wedge shapes and simple graphics," the artist explained.
It's also no coincidence that the concept coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original Zero Concept that debuted at the Turin Motor Show back in 1970. If only Lancia would commemorate the concept's anniversary with a new special-edition model. The Lancia Stratos debuted a year later and went on to become one of the most iconic and dominant rally cars of all time.
The artist hasn't said which powertrain they would put under the hood of the hypothetical Lancia Stratos concept, but the original road car was powered by the same 2.4-liter V6 as its rally car sibling detuned to 188 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. We would love to see the Lancia Stratos reborn for the 21st century, but for now, the New Stratos by Manifattura Automobili is the next best thing.