Stratos Half Shaft Repair
The Lancia Stratos Recreation which IDR completed the build over a year ago returned with some issues with the half shafts. Investigating the clunking noise from the rear left half shaft further we discovered it's nothing major, the transmission/gearbox is solid, even the half shafts are good. It transpired that the gease from the CV joints had found its way out and luckily due to the owner's recognition of a problem, little damage had been done.
This is a Lister Bell Lancia Stratos Replica kit car of the legendary Lancia Stratos Rally Car, winner of the WRC (world Rally Championship) three years running. Much like the Hawk Cars Stratos replica, the Lister Bell or LB Specialist Cars' Stratos can be bought as a kit, partially built or fully built. My personal decision was for Lister Bell to build a turn key car, building the chassis, bodywork, suspension, brakes and electrics.
The engine in this Lister Bell Stratos is the famous Busso 3.0 litre V6 engine, the 12v Alfa Romeo V6, from a 1992 Alfa Romeo 164, putting out just a little over 200bhp which is plenty and was installed by Italian Design & Racing.
The Lancia Stratos is a legendary sports car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lancia from 1972 to 1974. It was designed by the famous Italian designer Marcello Gandini and built by Bertone. The Stratos was a highly successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship three times in a row from 1974 to 1976. The Stratos was powered by a mid-mounted V6 engine, originally sourced from the Ferrari Dino. It had a displacement of 2.4 liters and produced around 190 horsepower. Later versions of the Stratos, known as the Stratos HF, were equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 that produced up to 280 horsepower.
The Stratos was built on a short wheelbase, which gave it excellent handling and agility. The body was made from lightweight materials such as fiberglass and aluminum, and the car had a distinctive wedge shape that was optimized for aerodynamics. In addition to its racing success, the Lancia Stratos was also known for its unique styling and innovative design. The car's short, wide body and large windshield gave it a futuristic appearance that was ahead of its time.
Overall, the Lancia Stratos is a legendary sports car that has left an indelible mark on the automotive world. Its combination of unique styling, innovative design, and outstanding performance has made it a true icon of the golden age of rally racing.