The Dallara Formulino has arrived in North America!
The Dallara Formulino ("little Formula" in Italian) is an entry-level model in a range of Dallara cars that includes F3, WSR, GP2, Firestone Indy Lights and the IndyCar Series. In the competition single-seater car market, Dallara feels the Formulino offers the best price/performance ratio.
The Dallara Formulino program is a unique concept in the motorsports world as the same basic car can provide a school, team or driver with a chassis that can easily be updated in three steps from BASE to PRO.
The car was tested on the Walt Disney World Speedway tri-oval and the Sebring International Raceway road course in November 2009, leaving IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Davey Hamilton impressed with what he saw.
"On the oval and the road course, it's amazing how much grip the car has, how much acceleration it has, and the braking is tremendous," Hamilton said.
The particular Formulino that was tested has a Mountune 2-litre Duratec engine, offering if desired, a complete car with no need to source separate chassis and engine suppliers. Alternatively, if required for a series, a customer's own engine can be installed.
The Formulino is a purpose designed 'entry level' racing car with durability, reliability and economy very much in mind.
At the 2009 International Motorsports Industry Show, which was held in early December in Indianapolis, Dallara and its exclusive North American distributor Indy Parts displayed the Formulino in its booth, giving patrons a chance to get a first-hand look at the car.
"We were very excited about the opportunity to show off the car to the public in Indianapolis," said Stefano de Ponti, Dallara's Director for U.S. Operations. "We received several positive comments about the Formulino, with the majority of them centered around the fact that this is one car that can be used three different ways. In this struggling motorsports economy, people want more for less and that is what this car provides."
Dallara Formulino What makes the Formulino most unique is that it offers a sufficiently wide range of mechanical and aerodynamic configurations through its BASE, PLUS and PRO models. This performance-progression concept gives drivers of all ages and skill levels the perfect car from which to learn, master, and enjoy.
"I think the most important thing about the car, for me having a kid coming up in this sport and having a big gap between go-karts and Indy Lights, is that this is the perfect car to fill that gap," Hamilton said.
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 organizers a chance to get drivers of all ages racing in a Dallara product with the Formulino range.