A test mule for a long-awaited road car from Dallara – maker of race car chassis for a variety of motorsport series – has been spotted testing in a public place, and it’s rumored to have a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder mounted approximately mid-ship. Website Motor1 has a gallery of spy images for you to peruse.
According to Motor1, Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine – which already powers the Ford Mustang EcoBoost and Mk III Ford Focus RS – will make somewhere in the vicinity of 400 horsepower in this application. That power will reportedly be sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, with – and this is important – no pesky driver assists like stability control or traction control to spoil the experience (or save the driver from wrapping the car neatly around a tree, for that matter).
Dallara’s first road-legal car will be a street-legal track toy, in essence, and the chassis-maker has set a weight target of 800 kg (1,764 pounds). It’s expected to be revealed some time this year.
Of course, it won’t be the first road-going track day champ to rely on Ford EcoBoost power; in early 2014, Zenos Cars pulled the wraps off of its first sportscar, the E10, which makes do with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost from a Focus ST. Like Dallara, Zenos is also rather well-connected to the racing world, having been founded by former Lotus and Caterham employees.
Be sure to check out the test mule for Dallara’s upcoming, road-legal sportscar over at Motor1.