Dallara founder has announced a road-going car is being prepared for a 2017 market release.

Dallara founder has announced a road-going car is being prepared for a 2017 market release.

Gian Paolo Dallara told CAR the company is working on a lightweight sports car set to compete in the same segment as the Lotus Elise/Exige and Alfa Romeo 4C. The famous Italian chassis manufacturer is targeting a curb weight of only 850 kg (1,874 lbs) and a pure driving experience without assisted steering or any other electronic aids.

The model will come with a simple yet functional folding soft roof and without too many amenities (except for AC) as they want to keep weight down low as much as possible. At its heart will likely be an Alfa Romeo/Fiat-sourced 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine delivering around 300 bhp (224 kW).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Gian Paolo Dallara's work, he was involved in the development of important cars such as the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO. He was actually hired by Enzo Ferrari himself back in 1959 and is responsible for introducing the wind tunnel at the company's headquarters. He also worked for Lamborghini and helped develop the gorgeous Miura which he considers as being "the most significant sports car of its era."

When asked by CAR why we still don't have a Dallara-badged sports car, the 77-year-old engineer said insufficient funds and lack of time are to blame but now focus is on a road-legal model scheduled to come out in 2017. Dallara plans on making only 100 units annually and each will carry a starting price of approximately 80,000 EUR (106,800 USD / 63,500 GBP).

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