The Lancia Stratos has rally in its DNA. It was created to race in the World Rally Championship, competing against the likes of the Porsche 911, Ford Escort, and Audi Quattro. That aerodynamic shape. The Ferrari-derived engine. That short wheelbase. All there to bring out the best of the automobile, and push the driver to the absolute limit.
Erik Comas, an ex-Formula 1 driver, has a deep passion for the Stratos. It all began after watching the car compete at the Rally Monte Carlo in the 1970s, seeing it slide around as the driver frantically sawed at the wheel.
After his professional career came to a close, Comas turned his focus to historic rallying. He now races the very car he fell in love with, pushing it to the edge of grip on the hillsides of Europe.
"On twisty roads, there is not a better car than the Stratos," Comas says. "Driving it is like a dance."
Comas began competing in championships around Europe to make sure the legendary Stratos not only kept racing, but that it kept winning, even 40 years later.
put together a beautiful film showcasing Comas and his relationship with the Lancia that started it all. If you like wedge-shaped rally cars, you won't want to miss it.