With the heart of a Ford Focus RS.
Track racing is undergoing a major renaissance thanks to events like Gridlife and SCCA track days, and while the majority of the field still consists of beat-up Honda Civics and Nissan 350Zs, we're starting to see more people willing to spend money on dedicated machines. Popular options include the Ariel Atom and the BAC Mono, but for those with a taste for the even more exotic, indy car manufacturer Dallara offers a hardcore track version of its Stradale sports car called the Stradale EXP. A few weeks back we managed to share some testing footage with you, but now the final product has been revealed, and it looks like an absolute riot.
The Stradale EXP is a non-road legal track toy, which is slightly ironic, considering the fact that Stradale means "road-legal" in Italian, but the good news is that all the benefits of the EXP are also offered to Stradale owners as a reversible package. So what makes the EXP better than the already bonkers "base" model?
Well, it weighs a hair more at 1,962 pounds, but adds a massive rear wing and added aero for a significant increase in downforce (quoted at 2,756 lbs compared to the standard car's 1,885 lbs) and is configured to run on Pirelli slick racing tires. The body retains its carbon-fiber monocoque construction, aluminum subframe, and carbon bodywork. This allows the EXP to pull cornering G levels of an insane 2.7.
Power from the Ford Focus RS-sourced 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 492 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque; almost 100 hp and 150 lb-ft more than the Stradale.
The top speed has also increased from 165 mph to 180 mph. To put this car's performance into perspective, its latest lap times at the Italian Mugello circuit placed it comfortably ahead of cars in the GT3 class.
Prices are yet to be announced, but we expect a cost of around $300,000. Numbers are likely to be limited to the original figure of 600 set for the road-going Stradale.