Sunday, 2 March 2014

GALLERY: Ninco Lancia Stratos (50625)

Ninco Lancia Stratos
50625, 'Alitalia', Rally Monte Carlo 1977

Several manufactures currently produce the Lancia Stratos as a slot car, hands-down (from a track-performance and robustness perspective) my favourite has to the Ninco's version.  The Stratos has to one of the most recognisable shapes in rally sport history and Ninco have done a stunning job in bringing it to our tracks.  As you would expect, the Stratos is a small, low and wide slot when sitting on the track.

The Alitalia livery is one of the most recognisable of all the Stratos rally liveries and combined with the numerous front bonnet spot lights, this slot looks just awesome!  I'm really looking forward to Ninco releasing some more versions of the Stratos in 2014.
From Wikipedia: 'The Lancia Stratos HF (Tipo 829), widely and more simply known as Lancia Stratos, is a car made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia.  The HF stands for High Fidelity. It was a very successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

The car won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles in the hands of Sandro Munari and Björn Waldegård, and might have gone on to win more had not internal politics within the Fiat group placed rallying responsibility on the Fiat 131 Abarths. As well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, all courtesy of Munari, the Stratos won the event with the private Chardonnet Team as late as 1979.

The Stratos won the 1974 Targa Florio.  Without support from Fiat, and despite new regulations that restricted engine power, the car would remain a serious competitor and proved able to beat works cars in several occasions when entered by an experienced private team with a talented driver.

The last victory of the Stratos was in 1981, at the Tour de Corse Automobile, another World Rally Championship event, with a victory by longtime Stratos privateer Bernard Darniche.'

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