• Feb 19, 2011
Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara has built countless racing cars for teams in innumerable racing series, and with the KTM X-Bow on the road and the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA reportedly under development, Dallara has done likewise for automakers. New rumors suggest that Dallara is ready to move beyond helping other outfits develop cars, however.

Word is, Dallara is planning a two-seat sports car to be sold under its own name that's built on architecture similar to what it developed for the X-Bow and Alfa 4C. With carbon-fiber construction and a low curb weight, it would be targeted at the Lotus Elise but come closer in spirit to the original Lotus Seven. In other words, Lotus had better pay attention.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god after Lotus' folly that the market is there to pick up the slack. Dallara is a big name in the racing world. It would be pretty cool to have a road car by them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What was Lotus' folly?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @csq33r Their recent decision to bloat their cars, robbing their cars of the lightness that made them famous.
      • 3 Years Ago
      electric or fail
      • 3 Years Ago
      my doubt is there is market for all does cars ? you see a company build a new sports cars of any type every day
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an Alfa Romeo owner, I'm very curious about the 4C. I hope it's more than a rumor =)

      Also, no news (rumors) on the engine for this Dallara?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dallara's performance in F1 (last year's HRT car) was pretty laughable. Not like I have a chance in hell of owning a car from them anyway, but consider me uninterested!
        • 3 Years Ago
        lol, you are basing your entire opinion off of one season of F1? That's absurd.
        • 3 Years Ago
        When HRT stopped paying (which they did twice during the development process), Dallara haulted development on the chassis. That car went 2 months without development, and was only handed over just before the first race when HRT finally paid the debts they owed Dallara. Despite doing no wrong, Dallara paid a heavy price for doing a good job, because now every uninformed F1 fan on the net thinks that Dallara produced a bad car, while in actual fact they did a great job with the funds and time they had to play with.

        This not only happened once, but it happened again this year. HRT contracted Toyota to build the 2011 car for them, and when they missed a payment, Toyota immediately cut the contract, knowing what had happened to Dallara.

        Dallara builds GP2, GP3, Formula 3, Formula Renault, Formulino, World Series by Renault, Grand-Am Prototypes, IndyCar, Indy Lights, Audi R8, Audi R10, Audi R15 and Audi R18 chassis. They have been successful with *every* one of them. To suggest they are not up to the job of building a road car, because HRT can't manage their finances is ridiculous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait, what? So you're not going to be interested in buying this car because they built a chassis for a team that didn't do so good last season? Do you realize how dumb that sounds? They built the chassis. Not the engine, not the transmission, and not the suspension. Nor did they supply the drivers.

        How about you base your opinion on the success they have in Indy, Le Mans, and every other high profile motorsports?