Giampaolo Dallara
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Giampaolo Dallara

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  • Gian Paolo Dallara

     

  • Gian Paolo Dallara

     

Giampaolo Dallara was born in 1936, in Varano de’ Melegari, Parma.
 
After attending the high school in Parma, Dallara enrolled in the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. He graduated in 1959 with a thesis on a supersonic ramjet engine.

That same year, Dallara entered Ferrari with an assistant role alongside Carlo Chiti, who was the Racing Department Technical Director of the Scuderia.After gaining two years of experience at the Prancing Horse with both the Formula 1 single-seaters and closed-wheels racecars (sports prototypes and Touring Cars), the young engineer switched to Maserati, where he would spend another two years. Similar to his role at Ferrari, Dallara assisted the Racing Deptartment Technical Manager, Giulio Alfieri. He took part in the designs of Sport Type 64 and GT Type 151.
 
In 1963 Giampaolo moved to Lamborghini, where he stayed for six years and had his first experience in a managing role. Under his direction, that team of engineers conceived and designed one of the most beautiful and admired “Gran Turismo” of all time: the Miura. He was then entrusted with the design and development of other important cars, like the 350 GT and the Espada.

The next step of Giampaolo’s career was at De Tomaso, where he designed an innovative aeronautical-inspired F2 car, featuring a tubular monocoque chassis in riveted sheet metal, with a high torsional stiffness.This car performed extremely well in the European championship, where the De Tomaso outfit lined up drivers like Piers Courage and Jacky Ickx under the direction of Frank Williams. It inspired the second F1 car designed by the young engineer, the De Tomaso-Ford 505/38.

In 1972, Giampaolo started his own company, Dallara Automobili da Competizione, thus fulfilling his entrepreneurial destiny while maintaining his consultancy roles. His first in-house creation was an interesting Sport Prototype of 1,000 cc, followed by others of 1,300 cc and 1,600 cc, designed and produced on behalf of Alfa Corse.

In 1973, the ISO Marlboro Williams F1 team hired Dallara to implement their F1 car. The car was designed by John Clarke and driven by Nanni Galli, Howden Ganley, Jacky Ickx and Henri Pescarolo. Dallara also collaborated with that outfit to produce a Gran Turismo Chevrolet-powered road car.
Dallara began one of his greatest consultancy roles in 1974 with Lancia, where he contributed to several successful cars such as the Stratos Gr.4, the Beta Montecarlo Gr.5, the LC1 and the LC2

Personal Life

Giampaolo Dallara continues to live in his hometown of Varano de’ Melegari. He had two daughters, Angelica and Caterina. Both daughters went on to work for the family company. Sadly, his youngest daughter Caterina died prematurely. She left an incredible legacy at Dallara, as she managed the company’s development in the American market, which led to the first Indy 500 victory in 1998. One of Giampaolo’s greatest passions is soccer; he’s been a lifelong supporter of Parma FC. He also loves opera, particularly his fellow-citizen Giuseppe Verdi’s repertoire. When he has a spare evening, you’ll probably find him playing cards with his good childhood friends in Varano’s local bar.
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