Lancia Stratos Zero

The Lancia Stratos Zero (Lancia Stratos HF Zero) is a grand tourer concept sports car from the Italian automobile manufacturers Bertone and Lancia. It was presented at the 1970 Turin Auto Show.

The concept car was created by Marcello Gandini (chief designer at Bertone). They called it “Stratos 0” after the space-age stratosphere then in vogue at the time.

It was successfully used for marketing by Scuderia Lancia in relation with its Lancia Stratos (and GT Stradale road car) version which was produced in 492 units between 1973 and 1978, and featured a Ferrari Dino 246 GT/GTS (1969) 2.4 liter V6 engine for a power output of 142 kW (187 HP), which led to a series of wins and domination of the world rally championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

The concept car was created by Bertone using the chassis of a crashed Lancia Fulvia HF1600 rally car.

Its angular trapezoidal ultra-futuristic science fiction design (for its time) styling is ultra low and aerodynamically shaped, with a height of only 84 centimeters. The bodywork is made of fiberglass, with an original copper color scheme, a fastback rear body shape, a retractable steering wheel for easier access to the cockpit, and a flip-open front-windshield door, and integrated bucket seats. The instrumentation was on a digital control screen, which was visionary at the time.

The aeronautical design is inspired, among other things, by the supersonic planes of the time and by competing concept cars such as the General Motors Firebird II (1959), Chevrolet Testudo (1963), Alfa Romeo Carabo (1968), Alfa Romeo 33 (1968), Alfa Romeo Iguana (1969), Autobianchi Runabout (1969) and Ferrari Modulo (1970).

The Stratos Zero in turn may have inspired designs such as the Maserati Boomerang (1971), De Tomaso Pantera (1971), Fiat X1/9 (1972), Vector (1972), BMW Turbo (1972), Lamborghini Urraco (1973), Maserati Khamsin (1974), Lamborghini Bravo (1974), Lamborghini Countach (1974), Lotus Esprit (1976), Dome Zero (1978), Lancia Medusa (1980), DeLorean DMC-12 (1981), Peugeot Quasar (1984) or Ferrari Testarossa (1984).

The concept car was exhibited for a long time at the Bertone museum near Turin. It was sold at auction, among others, at the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este elegance competition, and has since been exhibited by its various successive private owners in various elegance competitions and car museums around the world.

Assembly: Turin (Italy)

Year of production: 1970

Production: 1 unit

Length: 3850 mm

Width: 1840 mm

Height: 840 mm

Engine: 4 cylinders; 1584 cc

Power: 115 HP

Max speed: 190 km/h

Weight: 920 kg

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