Italian racing car development and manufacturing company Dallara has just revealed details of its first ever self-branded road car – the Dallara Stradale.
Conceived around the notion of rediscovering the real pleasure of driving, the Dallara Stradale is a lightweight, highly customisable sports car utilising the latest racing car technology derived from Dallara’s experience in motorsport. The production of a road car focused on the pleasure of driving has been a long-term career objective for company founder Giampaolo Dallara, a dream now finally realised some 45 years after the company’s birth in 1972.
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The Stradale in its most simple ‘Barchetta’ form does without a windscreen, roof and even doors. Each of these elements are available as options, transforming the Stradale into three other body styles including roadster, targa and coupe form. Weighing 855kg in Barchetta guise, the Stradale makes extensive use of carbonfibre and other composite materials.
Powering the Stradale is a 2.3-litre supercharged four-cylinder engine producing 394bhp. Drive is sent to the rear axle via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox but a 6-speed paddleshift semi-automatic option is also available. Track-biased adjustable suspension and more aggressive aerodynamic features are offered as options if owners want a more circuit-orientated set up. The aerodynamic aids give the Stradale the ability to generate forces of up to 2G in cornering.
Responsible for designing and manufacturing racing cars that feature in series like IndyCar and WEC, Dallara has accrued a reputation for being an industry leader on the racetrack. This knowledge has been instilled in to the Stradale according to Dallara, so expectations are high.
After a 12-month testing program on the road, the first Dallara Stradale has been officially handed over to the company founder on his 80th birthday. Priced at €155k, the car isn’t cheap, but with only 600 to be built and a 463bhp/tonne power-to-weight ratio, it should have the performance to justify the outlay.