Rally Cars 3:
Let’s end this mini list of rally cars with an emblematic car: the famous Lancia Stratos (1973–1975). This rally car was entirely reserved for the competition. She offers no compromise and really reflect the automotive passion. The Stratos is truly a car which perfectly translate the Italian savoir-faire: It was produced with the collaboration of Berone, Lancia and Ferrari. At the beginning of its development in 1972, the Stratos knew many problems from road holding issues to aerodynamics and engine cooling problem. And even when a technical problem was solved a new one appeared. These issues lead to the withdrawal for the first race on the Tour de Corse. But in 1973, the car seem to be fixed: the racing team won in Spain and in France. In 1974, 400 rally cars where produced. At that point, the Lancia Stratos was stratospheric: Lancia won 3 world titles from 1974 to 1976 and count 82 victories of which the mythical Monte-Carlo race. But tragically, Fiat (yes, Fiat bought Lancia in 1969) decided to stop using the Lancia Stratos in competition and favoured the 131 Abarth…because of commercial benefits more advantageous.