Overview:After important job experiences in Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and De Tomaso, in 1972, in his home town of Varano de’ Melegari (near Parma, Italy), Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara founded “Dallara Automobili da Competizione”, a company that today is a leader in the design and manufacture of racing cars.
The three core competencies of Dallara are:
-Design and production, using composite materials in carbon fiber
-Aerodynamics: wind tunnel and CFD
-Vehicle dynamics: simulation and testing
Currently Dallara produces up to 200 cars per year with more than 400 employees in all the group, 40% of whom are engineers, and an average age of around 35. Each year, on average 20% of turnover is reinvested in research and development, that turnover being generated from business of which 90% is done outside of Italy.
In the last few years, the Engineering division at Dallara has significantly expanded its activities (today they represent 40% of the total turnover) and has attracted business from some of the most important names in the automotive industry including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bugatti, Ferrari, Porsche, KTM, Lamborghini and Maserati.
In 2012 the company opened an engineering centre in Indianapolis, where it produces and assembles the current IndyCars. The same building is also a home for an edutainment centre, where visitors can learn, while having fun, how a racing car is designed, developed and produced.