The Dallara Stradale Is An Ultra-Light, 400-HP Sports Car Inspired By Lotus

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Behold Dallara's first ever road car.

Italian engineering company Dallara, which manufactures chassis for racecars and also built the carbon fiber structures of the Bugatti Veyron and KTM X-Bow, has revealed its first ever road car: meet the Dallara Stradale, a lightweight roadster that's heavily inspired by Lotus sports cars. The car was revealed at an event celebrating company founder Gian Paola's 81st birthday, who famously worked for Enzo Ferrari and helped develop the legendary Lamborghini Miura.


One of the Stradale's most innovative features is its ability to transform from a speedster to a coupe by adding an optional windshield, roof and doors. Only 600 will be produced within the next five years, almost 100 of which have already been sold. According to Autocar, Power is produced from a 2.3-liter Ford Ecoboost engine because of its light weight and tunability. It may sound modest, but the output has been boosted to produce a claimed 400-hp for the Stradale. Lotus is said to be a significant influence for the Dallara Stradale's design which evokes the spirit of early Lotus sports cars designed by Colin Chapman.

I like to think that Colin Chapman, if he was still around, would appreciate the essentiality and simplicity of this car," Dallara told Automotive news. As such, the roadster boasts a dry weight of just 855 kg for the roadster, while the coupe produces 820 kg of aerodynamic downforce when fitted with an optional rear wing to make it formidable out on the track as a result of optimizations made in the wind tunnel. Extensive use of carbon fiber and composite materials help keep the sports car lightweight. All the body panels are constructed from carbon fiber, which has also been used for the monocoque. This helps the Dallara Stradale sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.25 seconds before topping out at 174 mph.

Work began on the Stradle this summer after expanding its headquarters near Parma, Italy. Production capacity is limited to 10 units a month so the company expects to make about 120 Stradales a year. The base model will cost €155,000 (about $182,300) before local taxes, but that price soon mounts up when you start adding optiona extras like the windshield at €16,600 ($19,500), targa roof at €7,700 ($9,050), and the doors at €7,300 ($8,600).


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