Dallara has unveiled its first road car, the Stradale, at an event to celebrate the 81st birthday of company founder Gian Paolo Dallara, the Italian engineer whose career began under Enzo Ferrari and included the development of the Lamborghini Miura.
Although his eponymous company has worked on many famous projects and produces more racing chassis than any other manufacturer, this is the first road car to carry the Dallara name.
The Stradale is a carbon-bodied lightweight car that can be transformed from a minimalist speedster to a coupé by the addition of an optional windscreen, roof and doors. The plan is to produce just 600 examples over the next five years, with prices starting from €155,000 before local taxes.
That might seem strong compared with the prices other minimalist track specials – it's nearly twice what Lotus charges for the 3-Eleven – but Dallara’s engineering pedigree is second to none. It builds the carbonfibre structures of the Bugatti Veyron and KTM X-Bow.
Indeed, the company says it has already sold its first year’s production on nothing more than word of mouth. The first customer cars are set to be delivered this week. Power comes from a relatively modest 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engine, chosen because of its light weight and tunability. For the Stradale, it has been boosted to produce a claimed 400bhp.
Dallara’s development team are more proud of two other statistics: a dry weight of just 855kg for the roadster; and 820kg of aerodynamic downforce for the coupé when fitted with an optional rear wing.
The Stradale project has had a two-decade gestation. The project was paused several times as engineering effort was switched to projects for external clients. The finished car uses a central carbonfibre tub with aluminium subframes at each end, although the front suspension is mounted directly to the tub. The bodywork is all carbon.