Lancia Stratos (Photo: Lancia)

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The Lancia Stratos was designed from scratch to do one thing: win rallies. Powered by the same V6 used in the (Ferrari) Dino 246, wedged in a lightweight fibreglass body, it was an all-terrain rocket on wheels. It also sliced its way through corners thanks to an extra-wide stance and giant spoilers. Lancia's efforts paid off - the Stratos scooped Lancia three championship titles, and cemented the Italian brand as a veteran in its field. The Stratos was succeeded by the mid-engine 037, and during the late '80s, the Delta.