You might have heard about the technical expertise of chassis guru Dallara, and after years and years of patience we’re finally presented with their first full-in-house project, a speedster than can morph into a coupe when needed.
Their first production car wears an appropriate moniker – Stradale – and has already been delivered to its first owner, founder Giampaolo Dallara, who took it as a gift on his 81st anniversary, just a year after the previewing prototype was revealed to the world. The Stradale (Italian for street) is initially a very purist speedster, even lacking doors, but can be easily turned into a roadster with the installation of a windshield. Then there’s also a T-frame that makes the Stradale a Targa model, while using the two doors that have a gullwing opening system will make the car a coupe. More so, Dallara can also hook buyers to a rear wing to increase the downforce and turn the little machine into a track beast.
The motivation for the Stradale is provided by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine packing 400 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque from 3,000 rpm – everything is sent to the rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission or an optional robotized gearbox with paddle shifters. Now, the catch – the Dallara Stradale has a dry weight of just 855 kilograms (1,885 pounds) in its basic configuration, courtesy of carbon fiber and composite materials, meaning performance is close to stellar. It’ll go 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.25 seconds and won’t stop until the speedo reads 174 mph (280 kph). A mere 600 units will be produced over a five-year production span, with the standard configuration going for €155,000, then adding the options will be extra: windscreen (with carbon fiber frame) at €16,600 ($19,500), targa roof at €7,700 ($9,050), and the doors at €7,300 ($8,600).