The Dallara Motorsport Academy project awarded as Best Future Building of the Year
  • Alberto Bassi
  • Alberto Bassi


The Dallara Motorsport Academy project awarded as “Best Future Building of the Year (Under Construction)”

The LEAF AWARDS awarding ceremony was held in London in the presence of more than 100 international personalities among architects, designers, buyers attending. Giampaolo Dallara is the customer of the project realized by Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia.

The Dallara Motorsport Academy project awarded as “Best Future Building of the Year – Under Construction” at the ABB Leaf Awards. The Leaf awards have a 16-year-old history and all the projects selected and winners are acknowledged as benchmark for the future of industry. The LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) round up over 100 senior leaders of the international community of architectural design, who meet to celebrate, discuss and honor the best projects of international architecture, according to specific criteria. Together with the project of the Dallara Motorsport Academy, commissioned by the Dalara family and realized by Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia, other 88 projects have participated, divided in 12 categories.

The award “Best Future Building of the Year – Under Construction” at the ABB Leaf Awards is reason of great satisfaction for Dallara: “We are really happy of this recognition, which honors the design ability of the Architect Femia and of his staff, to whom we have completely entrusted. Femia has been able to understand the spirit and the values that characterize our activity. We can’t wait to see the project completed” has commented Mr. Giampaolo Dallara, President and Founder of the Dallara Automobili.

Dallara, the pursuit of excellence

Dallara was founded by its current president, Giampaolo Dallara in 1972. After working for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and De Tomaso, Dallara wanted to continue pursuing his dream of working in the world of racecars. He established “Dallara Automobili da Competizione” in his hometown of Varano de Melegari, Parma.

Since its establishment, Dallara has become world renowned for its specialty in designing, manufacturing, and developing racecars. The company’s success can be credited to its achievements in Formula 3, first in Italy then around the world, its acclaim with American IndyCars, its consultancy for major manufacturers, and its continued focus on technology and innovation. Dallara prides itself in searching for the highest standards of quality, performance, safety, and customer support.

Dallara’s core competencies include: design using carbon fiber composite materials, aerodynamics by means of wind tunnel and CFD, vehicle dynamics through simulations and testing, and the fast and flexible production of high quality prototypes.

Every weekend, approximately 300 Dallara cars run on tracks around the world in various formulas. The company is present in all Formula 3 championships, and is the sole supplier of cars for IndyCar c, Indy Lights, GP2, GP3, Formula 3.5 V8, Super Formula and Renault Sport Trophy. Dallara also makes cars for instructional leagues such as the Formulino, for the Formula E championship, for WEC, ELMS and IMSA.

In recent years, the engineering activities have expanded, both for racecars and for high-performance road cars. Dallara provides consultancy services to some of the world’s most important international car companies including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bugatti, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, Maserati and many others that cannot be mentioned due to confidentiality agreements.

In October 2007 Andrea Pontremoli left the position of President and CEO IBM Italy to face a new challenge joining Giampaolo Dallara to manage Dallara Automobili, a glorious historic company at Varano de' Melegari in Valceno (Parma).
Andrea Pontremoli joined the company as Partner of the founder Gian Paolo Dallara and he was appointed CEO and General Manager, with the aim of devising new and innovative strategies for the development of the company.

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.

Nel 2014 Camattini Meccanica was acquired and joined the Dallara group and in 2016 a new building was created, called DARC (Dallara Advanced Composite Research Center), which is dedicated to the study and work of composite materials.

In 2018 the new Educational and Exhibition Center will be created in Varano de’ Melegari. The project started in 2015 with a contest between Italian architecture studios, for the creation of a place designed to stimulate the passion for technology and innovation, by creating a funny and emotional experience.

The Dallara Motorsport Academy has been thought also to allow visitors to get in touch with the territory, the history and the competencies that led the Dallara Automobili da Competizione to its worldwide success.


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