We only hear about Dallara in the context of racing — there aren’t any Dallara dealerships next to our trusty lineup of Buick-GMC dealers in town — but the longtime race car builder and chassis manufacturer has offered a street-legal car (at least in Europe) for the past two years.
It’s called the Dallara Stradale, and it reminded us of its existence just this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
First things first: Yes, thanks to those headlights, it looks like a scaled-down Ferrari Portofino with a bubble of a cabin and a giant wing, and in a distant way, it also reminds people of a Mosler, with a curb weight to match. It’s a track car first and a street car second, but you’ll also notice that it doesn’t have a regular car’s doors. The Stradale sits so low off the ground that it doesn’t really need doors: take a big step and you just plop right in, like in one of those electric bumper cars at an amusement park.
The amusement is provided courtesy of a Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-pot paired with a six-speed manual transmission, churning out 395 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. These aren’t Hellcat numbers, but with a curb weight of 1,885 pounds, the Dallara doesn’t need all that much power to propel itself from 0-62 mph in 3.25 seconds. The giant wing ensures the Stradale stays glued to the pavement at just about any speed, including its top speed of 174 mph when it generates a maximum 1,808 pounds of downforce. And it got a chance to show off some speed recently at the Goodwood Festival of… Speed.
In the market for one? Well, if you live in Europe, Dallara will sell you one starting at €155,000 (about $174,500), and, as you’ve no doubt guessed by now, the engine is not the most expensive part of the car. All of that carbon fiber required to achieve a curb weight of under 2,000 pounds, on the other hand, does tend to be quite pricey.
In its appearance at Goodwood with Dario Franchitti behind the wheel, the car seems to be holding back just a tiny bit, but this makes sense given the narrow, hay-lined track and the spectators being mere feet away. But Franchitti still appears to open it up a little more on the wider sections of the Goodwood course.
When the Stradale visited the “Top Gear” U.K. test track, it managed to set a second-best time around the track with The Stig behind the wheel, coming in just a fraction of a second after the Ferrari 488 Pista. In this video, Chris Harris gives a better sense of the Stradale’s performance envelope.
If you’re upset that the Stradale is not offered stateside, think about it this way: If you drove one on the street, people would shout, “What kind of Ferrari is that?” in traffic every day. And you would have to shout back, “It’s a Dallara!” and they would hear it as “dollar” or “De Lorean,” and that interaction would play out just like that five times a day. That would get pretty old, pretty fast. So we’re really just better off leaving it to Europeans who have an extra $174,000 to spend — we have Hellcats and things like that.
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