Typically, race cars – especially formula single-seaters – are designed and built for a specific series. Nobody knows that better than Dallara. The Italian motorsports engineering firm designed and fabricates the chassis for GP2, the World Series by Renault, practically the entire Formula 3 grid and the Indy Racing League, to say nothing of its occasional dabbling in Formula 1, sportscar and Grand Am racing. But now they've decided to shake things up a bit by building the Formulino.
Italian for "little formula", the idea behind the Formulino project is to give aspiring racing drivers a point of entry into the world of formula racing with a straightforward and affordable Dallara racer, similar to the ones they'd be driving in the big leagues, only smaller. Three different levels of Formulino spec are available – Base, Plus and Pro – each with different suspension and aero packages. The chassis is a carbon monocoque, outfitted with a Hewland FTR gearbox capable of handling a range of engine options up to 260 horsepower. Prices start at 38,500 euros (about $51,600 USD) for the Base model (not far off from the Formula Vee car we drove) and range up to 65k euros ($87k) for the full-on Pro model, a chassis that already approaches F3 spec. Follow the jump for the press release, and don't forget to check out the high-resolution images in the gallery below.
Dallara Entry Level 'Formulino' Range is now Complete
Dallara today released further information about its entry level range of cars titled the Formulino (Little Formula in Italian). The latest addition is the Pro version which completes a 3 step range of cars, the Base, Plus and Pro, which can take a driver from a simple no wing or diffuser car up to a car close in specification to a Formula 3 car.
The primary objective behind the Formulino concept was to offer the best price/performance ratio in the single seater market. Conforming to the 2008 F3 FIA crash test regulations the car is as safe as a Dallara F3 car and with the same suspension layout the car offers a sufficiently wide range of suspension and aerodynamic (Plus and Pro) configurations to allow a driver to learn about car set up and its effects.
The Formulino is a robust, durable, economic and extremely safe entry level car that bridges the gap in the Dallara range from Go-Karting to Formula 3 and on through World Series by Renault, Gp2 and to Indy Car. The car gives a driver the opportunity to experience a modern carbon monocoqued race car in an affordable, safe and sensible way.
Utilising the Hewland tried and trusted FTR gearbox the Formulino can accept a wide range of different engines, up 260 BHP and a maximum torque of 280NM. Prices range from 38,500 euros for the Base model, 43,500 euros for the Plus and up to 65,000 euros for the Pro model.
The first customer to launch a series with the car was the German ADAC which utilized a Plus version car with a 1.6 FSi VW engine. The series started earlier in 2008 with 23 cars and had a very successful season and is planning an expanded series next year.
With the current economic down turn, affordable racing is a major world requirement and Dallara is pleased to be able to offer racing schools and potential entry level championship organisers a chance to get young drivers racing in a Dallara product with the Formulino range.