Last we heard about the New Stratos, Ferrari was making production a near-impossibility. If you will remember, the New Stratos was based on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia. Ferrari, and its coach building partner Pininfarina participated in the project with their full backing. Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo had drove the car and had only good things to say about it.
Clearly, the New Stratos struck a chord in the automotive community and proved the enduring allure of the Stratos’ design. It still looks modern! Not much can achieve that. Apparently it was a little threatening though. Enthusiasts clamored for a limited production run. That is where Pininfarina came in – they did the design work and built the body.
Ferrari said to Pininfarina, if you ever want to work with us again you won’t work with New Stratos. And, guess who wins? Ferrari. The decision was made by Ferrari Chief Executive Officer Dr. Amedeo Felisa, not Montezemolo. The group behind the project was said to be pursuing “other avenues” for getting the car into production, but those avenues have reached a dead end.
The project is now over, sadly enough. It isn’t all bad news though – Jalopnik reports the team behind the Stratos may be working on a new project, this time with the backing of the manufacturer. Sights would be set on creating a modern reincarnation of another mid-engined classic – the Renault Alpine A110 Berlinette. Little is known other than that – Jalopnik obtained the information via an e-mail from the project’s founders.
Given their success with the New Stratos, a successor to the A110 is an exciting prospect indeed. Hopefully Renault gets on board with this one – it can only do good things for their brand image. They are trying to bring back Alpine, and an independent project could be just the trick to reviving excitement about the brand.