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slmag.net 43 Now counted among the world's most venerable racecar engineers, Giampaolo Dallara began his automotive career at Ferrari soon after graduating from college in 1959. Before the age of 40, Dallara held positions at Maserati, Lamborghini (where he was one of the engineers of the original Miura), and De Tomaso (to design a Formula 1 car), before founding his eponymous engineering business in 1972 in his hometown of Parma, Italy. On any given weekend, some 300 Dallara cars race on circuits around the world and in different formulas. e company also provides consulting service for top-tier car brands, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bugatti, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche. Despite all of his accomplishments, one thing eluded Dallara: designing a road car that bore his name. at changed on November 16, 2017, his 81st birthday, with the unveiling of the Dallara Stradale, designed in partnership with Lowie Vermeersch, CEO and Creative Director of Granstudio, a Turin-based boutique design consultancy. "This project sums up everything we learned from racing and from collaborations with our clients, and I am convinced that those who will use this car will be able to try the pleasure of driving for the sake of driving," said Dallara. "ey will get in the car to take a nice ride and to experience the pleasure of driving." Twenty years in the making, and drawing on Dallara's motorsports experience, the largely carbon fiber Dallara Stradale was developed using the company's industry-leading wind tunnel and computer simulators. Weighing in at a mere 1885-pounds in its lightest configuration—a barchetta speedster sans windshield—the car is powered by a mid-mounted Ford EcoBoost 2.4-liter engine that boasts 400-hp. The 0-60mph sprint takes 3.25-seconds; top speed is 174mph. With a design dictated by maximizing aerodynamic efficiency, the exterior has several available configurations. ere are no doors in the conventional sense, as driver and passenger enter by stepping over the body of the car. With the addition of a carbon-fiber and polycarbonate windshield, the car becomes a roadster; adding a T-frame makes it a targa; attaching a pair of top-hinged gullwing doors transforms the car into a coupe. Track- minded drivers can opt for a rear wing, which provides access to exceptional levels of downforce.

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