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The Lancia Stratos Zero Concept by Bertone

The origin of the Lancia Stratos Zero

The origin of the Lancia Stratos Zero is peculiar: In 1969 Lancia was bought by Fiat which decided to replace Fulvia with a new model for rally sports. Nuccio Bertone considered it as a good opportunity to start a project with Lancia which had long been having cooperation with Pininfarina and sometimes Zagato, but never with Bertone.

Bertone bought a friend’s crashed Fulvia 1600 HF personally and had his chief designer, Marcello Gandini design a least operational concept car on the chassis focusing on innovation. They were thinking of something even more eye catching than their Alfa Romeo Carabo presented 2 years before. Gandini, who at the time was working on bespoke Lamborghini Countach prototype, had the idea of a design to show how the exotic cars would look like in 30 years. The result was a bodywork that not after 30, but now 50 years, even a concept car can barely be this much ahead of its time, which seemed to be carved out of a solid copper block, just like Gandini desired.

Photo courtesy of Petersen Museum

Lancia was informed of the new concept by Bertone just before the Turin Motor Show in October 1970, in which Lancia Stratos Zero was unveiled and extremely admired. Lancia immediately signed a contract with Bertone for a production model under the name Stratos which led to the birth of the legendary Lancia Stratos HF prototype, debuted at the 1971 Turin Motor Show.

Tecnical specifications

The Lancia Stratos Zero was a mid-engine 2-seat spaceship with a monocoque chassis and no conventional doors, but a lift-up canopy type large windshield which made it possible to enter the car by stepping on a rubber mat on the nose.

Photo courtesy of Petersen Museum

Rear fenders were Gandini’s signature also seen in the later designs like Countach, curved on chrome coated alloy wheels. The side opening triangle engine cover provided the air needed to cool down the engine through the vents between the 5 overlapped pieces. 10 slim headlights were accommodated in the nose, and 84 light bulbs fit all around the rear grille formed the taillight.

Photo courtesy of Petersen Museum

Lancia Stratos Zero was powered by Fulvia’s engine, an iron block alloy head DOHC 1584cc V4 @ 11° able to produce 132 bhp @ 6000rpm. It used 4 disk brakes, MacPherson strut suspension in the front and double wishbone with transverse leaf spring in the rear.

Photos courtesy of the Petersen Museum.

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Bertone has once again outdone itself with the new eco-friendly hypercar, the GB110. What’s special about it? The fuel is obtained by transforming plastic waste.

Every year, Top Marques Monaco manages to attract luxurious brands and models. The renowned event also showcased a new Italian hypercar, the Bertone GB110. Besides its stunning beauty, the hypercar has another remarkable feature that makes it highly intriguing: its ecological spirit. Yes, nowadays, hybrid and electric vehicles are a reality in the industry, but the approach to environmental respect takes a different form here.

From “bi” to Three-Dimensional

For almost two years, the project was the talk of the town following some detailed renderings. But transitioning from “bi” to three-dimensional is a vast leap. This is why enthusiasts were keen to see if the initially proclaimed qualities would hold up in reality. The company’s reputation, earned over years of distinguished service, suggested they would. After sadly going bankrupt in 2014, before rising from its ashes, the designers aimed to astonish visitors. Judging by the initial reactions, they succeeded.

On the occasion of the company’s 110th anniversary, the “stylists on four wheels” unveiled the GB110, and it must be said: it knows how to make an impression. The bodywork of the beast deviates from typical market clichés, and given the many expensive hypercars on sale, this already speaks volumes about its distinctive personality. The front exudes natural charisma with its narrow headlights and the thin extended section between the slightly raised lights above the hood, while the rear displays imposing strength.

Is the Engine from the Lamborghini Huracan? Clues Point to Yes

Previously, company spokespersons admitted to drawing inspiration from a pre-existing car, without specifying which one. We may have to live with this mystery, although the prevailing theory suggests it derives from the Lamborghini Huracan. This is implied by the “beating heart,” a ten-cylinder 5.2-liter engine augmented by a pair of turbochargers, capable of unleashing 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm of peak torque.

The design team claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79 seconds, and reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 14 seconds. The top speed exceeds 380 km/h. The exuberance is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels.

Impressive numbers, but almost overshadowed by the unique fuel system. Instead of relying on traditional gasoline and diesel, the engineers opted for something truly original: plastic waste. In collaboration with Select Fuel, the company developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into fossil fuel. Speaking about what motivated Bertone to take on this challenge, CEO Jean-Frank stated, “We believe that tackling pollution requires diverse solutions employing various technologies. Plastic waste must be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel, we transform waste into its original form.”