The once-storied Italian marque Lancia at the moment sells only just one car or truck, an underwhelming hatchback termed the Ypsilon that was introduced way again in 2011. Nevertheless, there are signals of everyday living at the Stellantis-owned model. They have teased a new strategy, and from what we can see it appears to be like to be inspired by the famous Lancia Stratos HF.
So considerably all we have is a identify, the Emozione Pu+Ra. However, the rendering that came with the announcement reveals the back again fifty percent of the idea with some unmistakable Stratos cues – twin round taillights, the flat and extensive black spoiler, rear glass with striped shading that evokes the original’s rear window louvers.
Some of those people cues, like the suspended taillight rings, stem from the Pu+Ra strategy unveiled at November’s Lancia Design and style Working day conference. There, the business laid out its broad plans to restore the moribund model to its previous glory with — you guessed it — a comprehensive EV lineup. It unveiled the Pu+Ra Zero strategy that was a lot more sculpture than car, missing what some would argue to be important elements this kind of as doorways, windows, and wheels.
Lancia reported the Pu+Ra identify was an abbreviation of “pure” and “radical” (not plutonium and radium), and the Zero is a callback to the 1970 Stratos Zero idea. That individual Marcello Gandini wedge created a splash at the Turin Motor Exhibit and continues to be to this working day the most severe of the many doorstop-formed vehicles from the period.
So if the velocity type is analogous to the Stratos Zero, then this next evolution in the teaser need to be analogous to the Stratos HF production car or truck. Constructed for Lancia’s rally efforts, the singular design received three consecutive Environment Rally Championships from 1974-76. Naturally the mid-engined structure of the Stratos HF is irrelevant to an EV, but Gandini’s brutal blade was as unparalleled as the Miura he experienced intended for Lamborghini. In other words and phrases, the Emozione Pu+Ra should be a distilled and purposeful looker.
Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano calls the approaching principle the firm’s “brand manifesto for the subsequent 10 decades.” We shall see what that appears to be like like when it truly is unveiled on April 15.