The Dallara Stradale is a technical masterpiece
Giampaolo Dallara was born in 1936 and he graduated from "Politecnico di Milano" university, majoring in aeronautical engineering. By 1963, he'd already worked for the three biggest name in Italian automotive, having joined Ferrari in 1960, Maserati the following year and Lamborghini in 1963.
Dallara began working on race cars in 1969, joining Williams, before founding his own brand, Dallara Automobili, in 1972. He went on designing F1 and F3 cars for Williams, with good results, until 1997 when he started he developed an interest for IndyCar racing.
After a lifetime in motorsports, working with and for the biggest names and teams in the world, Dallara eventually built his own supercar in 2017, the Dallara Stradale.
The Dallara Stradale is a "barchetta" with no doors and no windshield (although it can be converted into berlinetta, roadster and targa with interchangeable body parts) and it's a racing car for the road in its purest form.
It only weighs 855 kg and it is powered by a Ford I4 EcoBoost, tuned by Bosch, which makes 400 PS and 500 torques. Both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic are available.
Thanks its light weight, the Dallara Stradale can accelerate from standstill to 60 in 3.2 seconds and from 0-100 mph in 8.1 seconds. The top speed, if you're feeling brave, is 280 kph (174 mph).
Only 600 were built and the one you see here is owned by Andrea Levy, the chairman of the committee for the Parco Valentino car show, and it is actually available for hire, should you feel so inclined. Speaking of which, if you happen to be in Italy on June 19, you're welcome to join me at the Parco Valentino car show in Turin, the Dallara Stradale will be there as well.
Anyway, back to the car.
This is a special vehicle. It can be driven on a racetrack making the most of its amazing performance and setting lap times and lap records at Mugello but it can also be driven in the hills around Mugello racetrack because it is unique. There's nothing like it on the road. It may not be the most practical car on sale today and it certainly isn't the cheapest, but it reminds us of the element that made us fall in love with cars in the first place. I'm not gonna say what it is because this is probably the most overused word in the world.
I'm just going to say it begins with PASS and it ends with ION.