Lancia Stratos Tyres
- The original road tyres for a Lancia Stratos were 205/70VR14 Michelin XWX and 215/70VR14 Michelin XWX on the rear.
- The Competition Stratos fitted a variety of with 15” wheels, which are perfectly suited to Michelin TB Tyres or Pirelli P7 Corsa.
- If you are running a Lancia Stratos with 15” wheels on the road, the Pirelli P7 is perfect.
Lancia Stratos Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Lancia Stratos
Lancia Stratos History
The Betone designed Stratos was built for one purpose, to win the World Rally Championship. Two prototype versions of the Stratos were shown, one during the 1970 Turin Motor Show and another one year later. The road going versions of this car were built only to satisfy the homologation rules. As a result, the road version had a very noisy cockpit, was uncomfortable, and did not have good cabin air circulation(just as you would expect from a rally car). The front part of the car housed cooling fans and a spare tyre. So it was not very practical when it came to luggage.
In 1973, the Stratos won its first rally it participated in. In 1974 through 1976 it dominated the rally scene by capturing the World Championship each year.
Since Lancia was owned by Fiat, who also owned Ferrari, there was a wealth of resources to draw from. And such, a Ferrari Dino V6 quad cam engine was used and placed in the rear of the car. The engine was capable of producing almost 200 horsepower which could propel the car from zero to sixty mph in just 7 seconds. A five speed manual gear box and 9.9 inch vented disc brakes were also used.
The body was built by Bertone and light-weight fiberglass was used whenever possible. The rear spoiler provided down force and channeled air into the engine ducts it also channeled the dust on some safari stages which was not all that good and caused a few problems. If the vehicle rolled-over the spoiler was actually strong enough to take the impact of the tumble.
The Stratos first appeared in 1970 as a styling exercise by Bertone on Lancia Fulvia running gear and was taken up by Cesare Fiorio who then was Lancia's competition manager. Before long a prototype was built using a Lancia engine, but the car's potential was so great the a 2.4 liter Ferrari Dino unit was substituted and a legend was born. When it was run by the works in international rallies, the Stratos became possibly the first car in history which was expected to win. It was that good, and it took the World Championships in 1975 and 1976. Fiat, the parent company, then changed its competition policy and decided to win rallies with a different car, but that did not stop the Stratos. As late as 1979 a privately entered Stratos won the Monte Carlo Rally which is one of the most remarkable feats in modern competition history.