Dallara Stradale – No excess, more fun

Dallara, the Italian chassis maker for F3 and F1 cars, has entered the crowded supercar market with the Stradale. This car is interesting in many ways and I think it is worth your time.

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Specialty vehicle makers have reduced in number over the last few years. The ones remaining are either in business for specialty manufacturing like Multimatic which assembles the Ford GT. Some exist as contract manufacturers like Magna Steyr which assembles the Mercedes G-wagen and Jaguar I-Pace SUVs. This makes the vehicle I will talk about today quite interesting – the Dallara Stradale. For those unaware of Dallara, it is an Italy-based chassis manufacturer, most notably in Formula Three and Formula One. Why would such a company make a road car though? What would its road car be like? Why should you take note of the Stradale anyway? Well, I think you should stick around and find out.

Dallara Stradale – Photo Gallery

What’s new about the Dallara Stradale?

Let me answer the most important question regarding the Dallara Stradale – why does it exist? It exists for a simple reason given by the President of Dallara Automobili, Giampaolo Dallara – to allow customers to experience the pleasure of driving. Dallara (the man) hails Colin Chapman (of Lotus Seven fame) as his inspiration. He mentions the word simplicity when talking about the Stradale, which is no coincidence, by the way.

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In its base form, the Dallara Stradale is a barchetta without doors. Barchetta in Italian means little boat and refers to a two-seat sports car with either an open top or a convertible roof. A T-Frame addition will make it a Targa. The car can also be ordered as a coupe with gullwing doors. More like windows than doors actually but they definitely look cool and unique.Or you can just get a windshield installed. Or you can remove the T-Frame, windshield, and windows and convert it back to a barchetta without doors.

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The Stradale looks refreshingly minimalistic. Curves dominate the car’s design and they all see to flow from one end to other seamlessly. The car isn’t riddles with styling elements, helping it stay clean in looks department. At the end of the day, Dallara makes chassis for race cars. This means race car influences have to show on the Stradale.

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The front end of the Dallara Stradale features blacked-out air intakes, air dam, and spoiler. Two air scoops can be spotted past the dashboard’s midline on either side of the car. Behind the front wheels sit huge vents on either side. For the rear-mid-mounted engine, two intakes have been placed on the buttresses. A vent on the engine bay lid and one beside either taillight round up the vents at the rear end. Not to forget, there is a blacked-out diffuser too (at the rear).

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In terms of styling, the Dallara Stradale features exposed headlamps that look like tweaked versions of those on Ferrari GTC4Lusso. On the side, there are black 5 twin-spoke wheels. The wing mirrors stalks are placed upright (for some aero benefit likely). Wing mirrors don’t house turn indicators here. Those have been placed behind the Dallara Stradale badge on either side. The rear end gets sleek, wraparound taillamps along with an exhaust pipe flanking either side of number plate housing.

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Now comes another interesting part about the Dallara Stradale. The interior of car is bare-bones and features carbon fibre all around (the car itself is made of various composites, including carbon fibre). It is a space dominated by colour black. The colour monotony is broken by yellow piping in black leather (at least in the yellow-coloured car anyway). The seats feature a ’Step Here’ portion in their base to aid entry/exit.

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The centre console features knobs for HVAC system. These knobs flank two buttons to turn the system on/off and reorient the air circulation in the cabin. Behind the gear shifter sits a spot to place the car’s key fob in. It is flanked by engine start/stop button on the left. Behind the engine start/stop button sit hazard lights and ESP buttons.

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According to me, the most fascinating bit about the Stradale’s interior is its flat-bottomed steering wheel. Wrapped in Alcantara, it has a yellow stripe at the top. The steering has switches for turn indicators, lights, and even horn. These switches have coloured ring surrounding them. My best guess is these rings light up when a switch is activated. Behind the steering sits a small digital instrument console to provide information like vehicle speed, gear position, and more.

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The Dallara Stradale is powered by a DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged, 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost petrol engine. It makes 400HP power and 500Nm torque and can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission with paddle shifters and four modes – automatic (Normal and Sport) and Manual (Normal and Sport). The car can go from 0-100kmph in just 3.25 seconds and has a top speed of 280kmph.

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The Stradale is fast because it weighs 855kg dry. This weight is a result of using carbon-fibre in the car’s monocoque chassis and body panels while the frames are made from aluminium. Fun fact – like Alfa Romeo 4C, there’s no power steering in this car. The car features double wishbone suspension with 3-way adjustable dampers all around. The best bit? Equipped with an optional rear wing, the car makes over 820kg of downforce (without wing, it still makes near 400kg downforce). Various electronic aids like ABS, ESP, EBD, and TCS have also been thrown in.

Is the Dallara Stradale worth consideration?

The Dallara Stradale is a unique car in the world of supercars. No doors, not much in terms of cabin amenities, and a four-cylinder engine. Those not reading about the car in detail may confuse it to be a hybrid.

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To me, that is the whole point of this car. Who doesn’t like a V8 or a V12 in a supercar? Just about nobody. This car, however, makes do with a four-cylinder engine that can be found in a Ford economy car (or a variant of it anyway).

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Having less weight to lug around means the Dallara Stradale will likely have sharp reflexes. It will also put less wear on important bits like brakes and suspension, ensuring vehicle longevity while you chase fast times lap after lap. I am yet to find a thing to say against this car because it is so refreshing. Worrying about exclusivity? With only 600 to be made, it will be exclusive alright.

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If I were to ever get one, I would spec it out in coupe form with boot, no wing, and a bluetooth-enabled stereo in the car. Also, I’d go for the grey exterior because it looks rad! It won’t be my daily driver though as keeping people out of it would be tough. Now I’ll go and drive the hell out of this car on a mountain road (in my dreams).

Dallara Stradale – Specs at a glance

SpecificationsDallara Stradale
Price* GBP 1,30,037 onward (approx Rs 1.17 crore at current exchange rate)
Engine DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost petrol
Power 400HP
Torque 500Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual/AMT
Front Suspension Double wishbone with 3-way adjustable dampers
Rear Suspension Double wishbone with 3-way adjustable dampers
Front Brake Disc brakes
Rear Brake Disc brakes
Length 4,185mm
Width 1,875mm
Height 1,041mm
Wheelbase 2,475mm
Mileage N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity N/A

*Ex-showroom price exclusive of taxes/duties

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