Dallara Stradale

Although Italy-based Dallara Automobili is better known as a chassis manufacturer/supplier for various racing series like Indycar, Formula One, Formula Three, Formula E and IMSA since 1972, the set-up also makes racing cars and high performance road cars.

Founder, Giampaolo Dallara who has also worked at Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghinia and De Tomaso before going on his own and starting Dallara Automobili da Competizione as a specialist now wants to explore a niche segment of high end sports cars.

To do this Dallara engaged 20 engineers and mechanics on a two-year mission to rediscover the real pleasure of driving on the road or on the track. As a result of this effort Dallara has now introduced its first road car, the Stradale

The car comes standard as a two-seater with neither doors nor a windshield, though the Stradale can be configured in a number of ways. A windshield is optional, as is a “T-frame” which turns the car into a targa. If the customer is more focused on road driving, he or she can add two doors and also a gull-wing opening to turn the vehicle into the coupe; on the other end of the spectrum, if they’re focused on track driving, the owner can fasten on a rear wing for added downforce and even bolt on an adjustable suspension.

The mid-mounted 2.3-litre engine is sourced from Ford’s Ecoboost stable and has been modified and programmed to offer 400hp.  The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, though an automatic with paddle-shifters is an option.

The body of the car uses lightweight carbon composites and aluminium and hence weighs only 855kg.

Dallara says the combination of weight, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics, along with customized tyres allows the Stradale to reach lateral accelerations beyond 2G under normal conditions of use.  The car’s 0-100km/h time is 3.45 secs and the top speed is 278km/h without the wing or 262km/h with it.

Dallara plans to build and sell 600 units at US$177,000 a pop. Bespoke options like windshield, roof and gull-wing doors will add to the cost.

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