Video: Erik Comas drives legendary Lancia Stratos

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

What do you do with a priceless 40-year-old rally car? Thrash it!

Video: Erik Comas drives legendary Lancia Stratos
See, you can make a Lancia fly!

Dim the lights, turn up your speakers and press play as Erik Comas steers the historic Lancia Stratos, forty years after its final WRC victory.

The ex-Formula One driver, Erik Comas, was instantly infatuated with the Lancia Stratos when he was a child living in France. He watched the car compete in the Rally Monte Carlo, and as he grew up racing in F1, JGTC and WRC, his love for the Italian coupe never faded.

The Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos won the World Rally Championship three times in a row in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Less than 500 were made, and very few are left, so most owners would never dream of racing one at full noise.

But Erik isn’t most owners, and in 2011, the Frenchman began to race a Stratos in various championships, not just to compete, but to win; and win he did. Here's the video (You Tube).

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