I don't know why but I have a soft spot for the so called "Wedge Era", an automotive period that started from the late 1960s when car's design moved away from the curved and soft lines for a more sharpened and defined style.

If the production cars reflected this philosophy (like the BMW M1, Lamborghini Countach or the Lotus Esprit for example), concept cars took this design to the extreme. And the Stratos HF Zero is one of the most striking examples. Born in 1970, the initial concept behind the Zero for Bertone's design team was simply to see how low a car they could built (in those years there was a great rivalry between car designer, especially between Bertone and Pininfarina, who a few months ago unveiled their 93.5 cm tall Pininfarina Modulo). The Stratos was designed by Marcello Gandini to be 84 cm (33 inches) from the ground!

The name would be used on Lancia's rally-going car a few years later, but this concept had little to do with that. It's powered by a Lancia "Type 818.540" engine (1.6-liter V4 13°, with 115hp) taken from a Lancia Fulvia HF. Everything else looks like something coming directly from a 70s science fiction film and be inspired by space (remember that a year before there was the Apollo 11 mission): the steering wheel was made in order to resemble the planet Saturn, driving position was as horizontal and as close to the ground as it could possibly be so the driver had nothing but the road in front of him and the sky above him, a futuristic instrument panel offset to the side behind the front wheel-arch and rear-view mirrors sunk inside the side scallops allowed for somewhat limited rear vision.

In 1988 a replica of this car was built for Michael Jackson's film "Moonwalker".

I was able to record this unique car during the 2018 Concorso d'Eleganza of Villa D'Este in Cernobbio so now you can see many angles and detailed shots of it, hear the sound of the narrow angle V4 and see it moving around. Hope you like the video!

- For a more detailed story of this car check RM Sotheby's here: blog.rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/VE11/Villa-d'Este/lots/r105-1970-lancia-stratos-hf-zero/186889

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Camcorder: Canon Legria HF G40 + Canon DM-100 Microphone
Event: Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2018
Where: Cernobbio, Italy

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Comments

    • Scott Night79
      Scott Night79

      moonwalker

      about 1 day ago
    • Sir Podgy
      Sir Podgy

      W E D G E

      about 18 days ago
    • GALVY 88 THAT FINNISH CAR GUY FROM SALO
      GALVY 88 THAT FINNISH CAR GUY FROM SALO

      Thats something i would find in the original transformers cartoon.

      about 24 days ago
    • jjclasicas
      jjclasicas

      Com Truise-Memory

      about 3 months ago
    • Gregory Timmons
      Gregory Timmons

      That car sounds like a tractor.m

      about 3 months ago
    • Rivi Bravo
      Rivi Bravo

      Looks like something the pink panther would drive.

      about 3 months ago
    • luis manteca
      luis manteca

      Magnific....

      about 3 months ago
    • Terrestrial Cozmic
      Terrestrial Cozmic

      Damn I love the design
      I don't fuckin care if lot of poeple hate the design

      But still.....
      This is amazingly unique

      about 4 months ago
    • eyesof666
      eyesof666

      The coolest car I have ever seen

      about 4 months ago
    • nilscastro
      nilscastro

      thanks

      about 4 months ago
    • Deception detective
      Deception detective

      It sounds like a tractor but what a cool concept!!

      about 5 months ago
    • JustSomeDude
      JustSomeDude

      Even though this is an incredibly rare and still aesthetically ground breaking car , the owner must be eternally condemned! HE DIDNT EVEN DO A BURNOUT!

      about 5 months ago
    • judeanwhoremonger
      judeanwhoremonger

      fucking cyclist at the beginning ....

      about 7 months ago
    • Lars Agerbæk
      Lars Agerbæk

      3:00 Wooow! that panel makes this car the new synthwave protagonist!

      about 7 months ago
    • Lars Agerbæk
      Lars Agerbæk

      sounds like a VW Beetle or a lawnmower

      about 7 months ago
    • Moab T. Frican
      Moab T. Frican

      Want to see a car that is similar to this? Look up alfa romeo carabo.

      about 7 months ago
    • Neutron Alchemist
      Neutron Alchemist

      The Stratos Zero was a pure showcar, made because Bertone always wanted to show something new at the Geneva motor show.
      Imagine when the Lancia guys came to Gandini saying "Ok, can you make a car capable to win the WRC out of this?"

      about 7 months ago
    • powersliding
      powersliding

      gandini unlimited

      about 8 months ago
    • Luis Babboni
      Luis Babboni

      Is the Pink Panther car?

      about 8 months ago
    • Klangraum
      Klangraum

      This car has to be reborn as an electric car. Timeless...

      about 8 months ago
    • blahh557
      blahh557 In reply to Klangraum

      Timeless? Reborn? This was a show car, and that's it, it was never a production car and it clearly cannot be safely driven in the street.

      about 5 months ago
    • Jelly Squiddles
      Jelly Squiddles

      When the reporter has to lie on the ground to get a good shot you know your car might be a little to low to the ground. xD

      about 8 months ago
    • Hartschaum
      Hartschaum

      This thing is just a huge WTF on wheels

      about 9 months ago
    • JONOVID
      JONOVID

      Love the body styling but the motor sounds a bit weedy . ether get a better running ice or put a tesla powertrain in it.

      about 9 months ago
    • Siderañ Storm
      Siderañ Storm

      It's an hybrid crossover between a Lancia Stratos and a DOME Zero?

      about 9 months ago
    • Moriarty Vivaldi
      Moriarty Vivaldi

      Probably drives awfully, but sure looks nice.

      about 9 months ago
    • MrBremmer6
      MrBremmer6

      Stupid people running with there camera's

      about 9 months ago
    • Urban Fox
      Urban Fox

      The durango 95 purred away real horrorshow like.

      about 9 months ago
    • GiBLETS
      GiBLETS

      From 0:17 that cyclist will be in all those photographers shots

      about 9 months ago
    • ucheucheuche
      ucheucheuche

      Time to mod this concept in carbon fibre composite, multivision camera dashboard, update the green PCB effect display to basic modern iOT touchscreen, and install a micro v20 engine that purrs like a pack of wolves.

      about 9 months ago
    • AversaS
      AversaS

      When I was in high school (2004-2005), I had shop class. One of our projects was to design a car on this old computer. The idea was to draw up something with low drag and enough power to get you so far so fast.

      Anyway, I ended up creating a wedge-type car. I had no idea this thing existed, but my 17 year old self designed the same thing. lmao.

      about 9 months ago