Dallara certainly knows how to build racecars, including in Formula One, but founder Giampaolo Dallara intends to make a vehicle for the road as the final vehicle under his leadership of the company. Dallara’s roadster could debut before 2017, and track specials like the KTM X-Bow are its main competition.
“We believe it will be ready before the end of the year, when I will be 80. It will be my last car,” Dallara told Autocar.
The Dallara road-legal model will make ample use of the company’s racing experience. It will weigh around 1,764 pounds (800 kilograms), and the body won’t have opening doors. According to Autocar, the roadster’s motivation will come from a 400-horsepower (298.3 kilowatts) 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This will possibly be the tuned version of the EcoBoost powerplant from the current Ford Mustang. For maximum simplicity, there will be a six-speed manual gearbox, no power steering, and a complete lack of electronic driving aids.
Dallara will build around 120 examples a year of the road-legal model. Prices will start at more than an X-Bow because this vehicle will have higher performance, the founder tells Autocar.
The Italian company announced plans for this model in 2014, and it planned for a launch in 2017. At that time, Dallara aimed for a vehicle weighing 1,874 pounds (850 kg) that would use a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making about 300 hp (224 kW). There would be a simple folding soft-top for the roof, and driver amenities would at least include air conditioning.