Dallara has unveiled its first road car, the Stradale, at an event to celebrate the 81st birthday of the company founder Gian Paolo Dallara, the Italian engineer, whose career began under Enzo Ferrari, and consisted of the development of the Lamborghini Miura.
Although his eponymous company has many well-known projects and produced more racing chassis than any other manufacturer, this is to take the first road vehicle Dallara name.
The Stradale is a carbon body, lightweight car, the from a minimalist speedster, a coupe, which by the addition of an optional windshield, roof and doors. The plan is to produce only 600 examples of this in the next five years, with prices starting from €155 000 before local taxes.
This may seem strong, compared with the prices of other minimalist track-specials – it’s almost twice as much as Lotus charges for the 3-Eleven – but Dallara engineering pedigree is second to none. It is the carbon fiber structures of the Bugatti Veyron and the KTM X-Bow builds.
In fact, the company says it has already sold, the first year of production, based on nothing more than mouth-to-mouth. The first customer cars are delivered, this week. Current selected comes from a relatively modest 2.3-Liter Ford Ecoboost engine, because he is its light weight and adaptability. For the Stradale, which was raised to a claimed 400 HP to produce.
Dallara-development team, you are more proud of two other statistics: a dry weight of 855kg for the roadster; and 820kg of the aerodynamic downforce of the coupe when fitted with an optional rear wing.
The Stradale project had a two-decade pregnancy. The project has been paused several times as engineering effort was turned on to projects for external customers. The finished car uses a Central carbon-fibre tub with aluminium subframes at each end, although the front suspension is mounted directly to the tub. The body is all made of carbon.
Although most of the basic ‘barchetta’ roadster used to be offered a minimal aero-screen, detachable plastic glass windscreen with carbon fiber frame as the a €16,600 option. To turn the buyer can further specify a Targa-style frame roof for €7700, and finally, two top-hinged transparent canopy of the ‘doors’ of the car into a coupe for €7300. (All prices are before taxes.)
The lack of conventional doors means of access includes the step in the cabin, but also allows trapped air channels to direct flow from the nose to the engine and the charge air cooler without the side intakes. The floor is almost completely flat, with large diffusers at the front and rear.
The cabin is large as carbon-fiber and short on gadgets, with control system integrated into the steering wheel and the information provided by a motorsport-spec screen. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the plan, which is also a single-clutch automated version.
For more options, tires are a separate expansion tank, adjustable dampers, track-spec, and an oil-pressure accumulator to the Motor to resist peak track loads of up to 2g.
The suspension tuning was headed by the former racer Loris Biccocchi, who has also done development for Bugatti and Pagani. Although the Stradale stability control, it works without power steering in the interest of purity.
Dallara says that the car was designed to the option from the right-hand-drive, but there are no plans to do so. Sale directly from factory.
The Stradale is certainly expensive. Fully optioned, the price Euro 200,000, or £180,000 at current exchange rates, with 22% VAT on top of that, if purchased in Italy.
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