The first model of Dallara Stradale was handed over to its owner on the day of his birthday. Giampaolo Dallara, a life as an Engineer, went out to drive the street-legal Dallara right from the building in which he started his business activity 45 years ago in Varano de’ Melegari, not far from the house where he was born on November 16, 1936.
In the base configuration, the Dallara Stradale is a barchetta without doors, like a single-seater racing car. It can be customized in a roadster configuration with the addition of a windshield. Adding a T-Frame, the car becomes a targa. With the further addition of two doors with a seagull wing opening, the car becomes a coupe. For those who want to use the car mostly on track, there is the possibility to install a rear wing, which provides access to exceptional levels of downforce. The combination of weight, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics, along with customized tyres, allows to reach lateral accelerations beyond 2G under normal conditions of use. The 855 kg as a total car weight is a result of the extensive use of composite materials and carbon fiber.
The car style was made in collaboration with Granstudio of Lowie Vermeersch. “Giving the shape to the Dallara Stradale was really like translating Giampaolo Dallara’s dream into a sculpture,” says Lowie Vermeersch. “A dream rooted in the timeless beauty of his Miura and nourished through a long career full of passion for racing. For this reason we have avoided a pre-established stylistic idea. As a result, the shape has evolved naturally during the project, in continuous interaction with the engineers at Dallara, and was driven by a clear sense of elegance and harmony in the proportions. This is why we tried to mix beauty and performance in a design that could express genuineness. The car has thus become not only a dream come true but also an expression of what we consider one of the fundamental values of Dallara.
The powertrain is a 4-cylinder 2.3 L supercharged capable of delivering 400 HP, the result of an accurate selection and optimization of engine components (based on a 2.3 Ford Ecoboost), combined with the electronic control system developed in close collaboration with Bosch. The complete design story of the Dallara Stradale (to be built in around 100 units per year, for a total production of 600 cars) will be told by Granstudio in the next issue of Auto&Design, published in January 2018.