Strip away the Stradale’s carbonfibre body and you’ll find aluminium subframes mounted to a lightweight central carbonfibre monocoque. Suspension is by double wishbones controlled via coilover struts, with the dampers adjustable for compression at both low and high speeds as well as for rebound. In terms of architecture, the overall approach is not dissimilar to that of those mainstream supercars whose makers are experienced in motorsport. McLaren springs to mind.
The Stradale, however, is much lighter on its tyres than even the trimmest Woking missile. At 855kg without fluids, it weighs less than the Lotus 3-Eleven, which is pertinent because a young Gian Paolo Dallara idolised Colin Chapman chiefly on the basis of the Brit’s ‘simplify, then add lightness’ mantra. With so little mass there’s no need for power-assisted steering, and the Brembo brakes use cast-iron rather than carbon-ceramic discs.
Neither did Dallara need to shoehorn a big brute of an engine into the small chassis to achieve the desired power-to-weight ratio. The car’s mid-mounted four-cylinder is the relatively compact 2.3-litre ‘Cleveland’ motor built by Ford and recently used in the Focus RS.