Dallara Stradale: Italy's new 855kg, 294kW street-legal track toy
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After two years of development, competition race car builder Dallara has released what could be the best track toy of 2017.
The Dallara Stradale is an all-new street-legal sports car that the company says is designed to 'rediscover the real pleasure of driving on road or on track.'
You might not recognise the name Dallara, but you've diffidently seen their work. For over 40 years the Italian-based company has designed and built some of the world's most iconic race cars from all corners of the globe. The mono-make chassis' used in Indycar in America, GP2 & GP3 in Europe and Super Formula in Japan are all built by Dallara.
The company has also worked collaboratively on high performance road cars with the likes of Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche - so they know a thing or two about building a fast car.
Their newest creation, the Stradale, has been likened to the Lotus Seven of the '50s due to its 'essentially and simplicity' by Dallara's president, Giampaolo Dallara, but the sports car will be available in various configurations.
Built on a monocoque chassis and aluminium frames, and bodywork built primarily with composite materials and carbon fibre, the Stradale weighs in at only 855kg dry.
Power comes by way of a rear mid-engine mounted 2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 294kW of power at 6200rpm and 500Nm or torque from 3000-5000rpm, paired with either a six-speed manual or optional paddle-shift. Both transmissions come with two different mapping modes: Normal and Sport.
The result of the lightweight body and comparatively high power output is a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.25s (pulling over 2g in the process), 100-200km/h in 5th gear in 8.5s and deceleration from 100-0km/h in 31 only meters.
The suspension and the calibration of springs, bars and dampers are said to maximise the compromise between grip and comfort, all of which have been set, developed and defined by test drivers and engineers using Dallara's Driving Simulator.
Dallara also recruited the help of Bosh to develop the engine electronics and traction control system, and Pirelli to develop the Stradale's own tyre.
The standard base configuration of the Dallara Stradale is a barchetta body (without doors) just like a single-seater racing car. However, if you didn't want to wear a helmet every time you used the sports car, customers can opt for a roadster configuration (above) which adds a curved windshield.
Dallara will also sell the Stradale as a T-Frame (above) or hardtop coupe (bellow). Both roof configurations come standard with gullwing doors.
For those customers looking for ultimate track performance, a large rear wing will be available on all versions that produces 820kg at 280km/h which is 'among the highest in GT road cars.' A fully adjustable suspension system can also be selected for more track day tune-ability.
The first Stradale prototype was presented in November last year when company president Mr. Dallara turned 80 years old. One year later the first customer deliveries have begun.
"This project sums up everything we learned from racing and from collaborations with our clients, and I am convinced that those who will use this car will be able to try the pleasure of driving for the sake of driving," said Dallara.
Dallara currently build up to 200 race cars a year, but the company won't yet say how many Stradales will be produced or how much the various configurations cost.