Dallara unveils lightweight but extremely powerful Stradale

Article by Christian A., on November 29, 2017

Some of you may have heard of the brand Dallara, the chassis expert that has been around in the industry for quite some time now. But this time, they are ready to reveal something new, and that is the very first production car under their name. Just this week, the automaker’s very first production car was handed over to Giampaolo Dallara as a gift for his 81st birthday. If you were not aware, the prototype of this model was actually revealed exactly a year ago.

The speedster, or what they refer to as the Stradale, has no doors. However, a windshield could easily be installed to transform it into a roadster. Moreover, it can easily be converted into a targa by simply adding a T-frame. Lastly, it can also be turned into a coupe by mounting two doors that have a seagull wing opening. If customers wish for a car with more downforce, Dallara can offer them the Stradale with a rear wing attached to it. This will indeed turn the lightweight car into an ultimate track machine.

What powers the Stradale is a turbocharged 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine that brings out as much as 400 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton metres) of torque from 3,000 rpm. This engine works with a standard six speed manual transmission that brings all the power to the rear wheels. This can be substituted by an optional robotized gearbox with paddle shifters that can allegedly deliver quicker gear changes.

Now here is the thing, the Dallara only weighs as little as 855 kilograms (1,885 pounds) when it’s dry, at its standard configuration. This is because most of its body has been made out of carbon fiber and composite materials, and so are other parts of the car like the monocoque.

When it comes to performance, the car can hit 62 miles per hour from a standstill (0-100 kilometers per hour in only 3.25 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 174 miles per hour (280 kph). When driving on the fifth gear, it goes even better as it can hit 75 mph (120 kph) from 50 mph (80 kph) in only 3.49 seconds, and just 8.5 seconds to go from 62 mph (100 kph) to 124 mph (200 kph). As mentioned earlier, with the optional rear wing installed, it can push down as much as 820 kilograms of downforce when going on its top speed, thanks to the optimizations made in the wind tunnel.

Dallara says that they will limit the production of this model to 600 units in the next five years to keep it exclusive. The base model will start at 155,000 euros (around $182,300).

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