The biggest names in pure-electric performance for the last year or so have been the Tesla Roadster II and the Porsche Taycan. There will soon be a third player in the ultra performance EV space and its from a startup called Drako.
- Fledgling supercar brand Drako will reveal its first-ever car, the GTE, in August.
- The car is said to produce 1,200 horsepower and 6490 foot-pounds of torque from its four electric motors.
- In addition, the GTE will accommodate four passengers and their luggage.
Named for co-founder Dean Drako, the fledgling supercar brand was founded in San Jose, California. Over a decade of what it calls “unrelenting design, engineering and track development,” Drako is finally ready to reveal its first-ever vehicle: The GTE.
The GTE is said to be powered by four electric motors, which altogether churn out 1,200 horsepower and 6490 lb-ft of torque. With a maximum torque differential between each wheel set to 3245 lb-ft, Drako brags the GTE is able to precisely rotate and corner like no other car.
As a result of that mountain of torque, Drako claims the GTE captured a lap record in 2015 at the Nurburgring. It didn’t say, however, what that record was and whether it still stands.
In addition to tremendous performance on and off the track, GTE was designed to accommodate four passengers and their luggage in the most luxurious fashion. Suffice it to say, it won’t be a brutal stripped-down track car.
The first-ever Drako is scheduled for reveal on August 8, 2019 at the Quail Motorsports Gathering at Monterey Car Week 2019, which is essentially a place for millionaires and billionaires to show off their finest rides. So, clearly, Drako knows its audience well.
The car is set to be built in limited numbers. Given its bona fides and the event at which it is being revealed, I can only presume it’ll be very, very expensive.
It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to get into the electric supercar business — especially one based in Silicon Valley. Observers wouldn’t have to look far to see the problems befalling Tesla, which is struggling at virtually every turn.
Why would someone deem it feasible to build their very own ultra-high performance all-electric supercar? And how did they delude themselves into believing the could turn a profit. It feels like they’re just begging for disaster.
That said, once you get a bit of money and you get removed from failure at the same time your ego grows out of proportion, I assume it’s easy to convince yourself you can succeed where others have failed.
Maybe I am just too much of a pragmatist. But I would look at Tesla’s failures. Then I’d look over at Porsche and realize that, no, there is no way I can do electric performance better than the most lauded sports-car brand of all time. That is, if crunching the numbers on building my own supercar brand from scratch didn’t scare me off. And that’s precisely the moment I’d give up on the idea and just go order a Taycan.