Lancia Stratos HF – revolution and domination
The Lancia Stratos marked a turning point in the history of rallying as it was the first car specifically designed for this type of event and represented a complete break with the road-going cars adapted for rallies.
The Stratos initially saw the light of day as a stylistic design presented at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. Its wedge-shaped lines from the pen of Nuccio Bertone were then translated into the road-going version.
Once it had been homologated in 1974 the Lancia Stratos HF dominated the Rally World Championship for three years..
While Italian driver Sandro Munari and Markku Alen from Finland cemented their reputation in the Stratos, several other big names in French motor sport made a major contribution to its fabulous set of results led by Bernard Darniche and Jean-Claude Andruet as well as two-time Le Mans 24-Hours victor, Gérard Larrousse, who won the Targa Florio on Sicilian roads in 1974 in one..
The Lancia Stratos HF also reigned in the Tour de France Automobile scoring five victories in the great French classic, four for Darniche (1975-77-79-80) and one for Munari (1974).
You can see this car, a legend of 1970s’ road-going events, on the roads and circuits of the 2019 Tour Auto Optic 2000.
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