Films: 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4: Sliding The Rally Queen
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Made To Drive | S12 E13

1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4: Sliding The Rally Queen

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lakggk
lakggk
2 years ago

Love the video!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
3 years ago

Probably, one of the greatest cars ever made. Period!

And a great interview – loved the way Mr. Comas delt with everything in a very gentleman-type kind of way – from the way he dressed his racing suit, to the way he talked.

Thank you Petrolicious and thank you Mr. Comas.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
3 years ago

what a sound……

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Nice watches commercial.

MICHAEL JOHNSON
MICHAEL JOHNSON
3 years ago

How wonderful that such a gorgeous design can win the European championship so many decades after it was designed. Obviously a masterpiece. What a cool dude, clearly a professional at the top of his game yet such a nice guy. Stunning videography. A piece of art both the film and the car. Thank you Petrolicious p

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago

Comas uses a phrase in French, “la bete à gagner”, which he says is is a name used to describe this car. Then Comas says that he prefers the English name for the car which is ‘the rally queen’. But la bete à gagner is different. It means quite literally, the beast that wins. I do better with la bete à gagner.

Alberto1962
Alberto1962
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

“La bete a gagner” in English means “The beast to beat / dominate”. Walter Röhrl once said: A true sports car must scare you when you approach to enter…”

Deryl Clark
Deryl Clark
3 years ago

I love that in the closed captioning, when there is only the sound of the car, is says (MUSIC)

Jared
Jared
3 years ago

I watched this with the closed caption on, and I love that [music] and [applause] would come up any time the engine was the only audio coming through. I think that’s an excellent description of what we got to hear.

Mathieu MAZUEL
Mathieu MAZUEL
3 years ago

Thanks Erik Comas for giving this stratos the life it has been designed for & Petrolicious for being inspirational through this video 😉
Check some nice photos and videos on lanciastratos.com Instagram account as well.
#MakeLanciaGreatAgain
As Magnus Walker says « Pedal to the metal »

Ian Miles
Ian Miles
3 years ago

Really excellent vid. Nice to see a rare car both being used and cherished at the same time.
That front windscreen is amazing. An ugly duckling and swan at the same time.

_DB
_DB
3 years ago

I was stupefied by “the handling is perfect”,.

I remembered that Sandro Munari used to say of the beast that “You can drive the same road, do the same thing in the ame place, and time and again it will react in a different way”, so I thought that the Stratos were fast, effective but also quite moody.

Apparently, They just needed to be set up well…

Personally, I also love- a lot – the successor of the Stratos, the Rally 037.

It, too, was a car designed from the ground up to race – of the Beta Montercarlo it supposedly spawn it was kept only one of the engine bay’s walls, in the end – and every bit as beautiful.

John Cozzi
John Cozzi
3 years ago

Just such a nice story. Love the Stratos and this little film goes a long way to explaining why it is the icon it is.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago
Reply to  John Cozzi

Yes. Comas is so incredibly knowledgeable. This is an exceptional interview.

JB21
JB21
3 years ago

Every time I see one, I scream in pleasure like a little girl. Unfortunately, it’s way too far in between, the last time I saw one must be like 10 years ago. I would daily it if I owned one just so everybody else can see it! What a machine!!

dave wakaman
dave wakaman
3 years ago

When all said and done this is one of the all-time great cars, not kept in wraps, but used in the way that it was conceived, designed and built to be driven . And how.
Great film – proper racer, and my goodness what a sound. Thanks Petrolicious.

wing nut
wing nut
3 years ago

One of the most evocative designs of any era. There is no mistaking the lines of this car and add to it the sound of that superb Ferrari V6 you have a match made in heaven. I ache to own one of these machines and it remains a part of my “wish” list. I’ve heard and read they can be a handful to drive given the short wheelbase but its obvious from the video Mr, Comas retains all the skills necessary to tame the beast. Few cars can match what this car was designed to do and to do it with such style and sound pulls one in to its spell. Great video and thank you Franz for you additional offering.

Larry Kirkpatrick
Larry Kirkpatrick
3 years ago

Great video to hear the racers perspective on this classic. My only memory of one is wondering if they could ever get me out because my legs were a little too long. Thanks for the memories and the Lancia!

Mario Puente
Mario Puente
3 years ago

How can a car be this ugly (by today’s manufacturers’ standards) and yet be so beautiful? When every cell in your body screams for more of this creature you realize that humans may have lost their way and replaced beauty with garnish.

But then PETROLICIOUS comes to the rescue and restores my faith in human kind. BRAVO!!! I have tears in my eyes.

Mike Placentra
Mike Placentra
3 years ago

Cannot remember the first time I saw a Stratos, but it seems to have always been with me since I was a child. One of my favorite all-time cars, and I’m beyond happy that someone is out there driving one as it was meant to be driven. Thank you.

nis1973
nis1973
3 years ago

Can’t wait to wait to be done with work, go home and watch it!

Den v.d.Ende
Den v.d.Ende
3 years ago

WoW… That’s all, just WoW!