Drako Motors, a start-up founded in Silicon Valley by Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand, has launched its first limited-production electric supercar—the Drako GTE, an all-electric, 1200-hp sedan with a top speed of 206 mph. The company claims to push the concept of AWD to new heights by substituting all the differentials with software. The Drako DriveOS delivers a new torque command to each wheel 1000 times every second, providing excellent turning capability and outstanding safety.
The 2020 Drako GTE, a formidable four-seater with a combined 1200 horsepower, will be limited to 25 units, selling for $1.3 million apiece. Given its price point, the GTE doesn’t expect to compete with the Tesla Model S or the Porsche Taycan. Instead, the hypercar will remain a niche EV for those with deep pockets.
The GTE will include a 90.0-kWh battery pack in the floor as well as a standard 15-kW onboard charger. The battery will feed four electric motors, each with direct-drive transmissions mounted at all four wheels. The car’s all-wheel-drive will enable the GTE’s technology to enhance handling and traction by automatically delivering torque to the wheels. The front and rear seats feature a blend of hand-stitched leather and Alcantara for superior comfort and support. GTE buyers can also choose from a wide range of colors, materials and finishes.
The GTE’s chassis comes from Fisker Automotive, a now-defunct American company known for manufacturing the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Meanwhile, the performance equipment includes potent Brembo brakes at all four corners and a next-generation suspension setup from Öhlins Racing AB, a Swedish company that designs suspension systems for the automotive, motorcycle, mountain bike and motorsport industries. Buyers can also select from a set of 20- or 21-inch wheels covered by Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The 2020 Drako GTE will debut at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance tomorrow. The event will also feature the following marques and special classes: Bentley Centennial, Zagato Centennial, Bugatti Race & Touring Cars, Historic Hot Rod "Cover Cars", Thomas Flyers, Ballot and Lamborghini Miura. Even though most models will be inaccessible to most of us mere mortals, they certainly make for great automotive eye candy.