Starting a business in the EV world isn’t easy. There are many who have tried to do it, but only a few of them managed to sell their vehicles. Recently, a new company called Drako Motors also tried its luck by launching its GTE supercar that costs $1.25 million. The car’s performance is claimed to be as big as its price, with an all-electric powertrain producing a staggering 1,200 horsepower.
Breaking cover at Monterey Car Week, the super EV is said to be the first production model of the GTE. Drako Motors went all out in describing the machine, saying that it’s a “four passenger ultra luxury supercar” that can take corners with “precision unlike any other supercar on the road today.” The GTE can do this thanks to its four-motor configuration – one powering each wheel – and its optimum torque vectoring algorithm.
Electric car startups making unusual claims isn’t a new thing today. Last year, Byton claimed its crossover came as a “new design icon” as well as the exemplar of its “digital leadership”. And a few years before at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Faraday Future said its new car platform would be as disruptive as the iPhone. Both of them managed to get media attention, although neither has sold an EV to date.
Unlike some other carmakers at its age, Drako Motors doesn’t have many professional automotive technicians. The Silicon Valley-based company was founded by two entrepreneurs, Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand, who have technology backgrounds. Nevertheless, the two are undoubtedly hard workers, spending years gathering whatever was needed to complete the development of the GTE and make it a proper electric supercar.
In 2015, the first prototype of the car was put on its pace at the Nürburgring. The GTE sits on the chassis of the original Fisker Karma, which was one of the world’s first plug-in hybrid sports car built by unsuccessful auto startup Fisker Automotive. The supercar is backed by high-quality components, including Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes, and promises to give its owner a maximum speed of 206 mph.
If that’s not enough, it will also be able to last in high-performance runs as its “internal massively-parallel cooling architecture” will dissipate heat quickly from the battery pack through numerous cooling channels. The production of the GTE is scheduled to begin later this year, with deliveries will commence in 2020. Of course, this is not a car for everyone, but only those who have $1.25 million.
With the GTE, Drako Motors obviously wants to do something different in the EV industry. Since most other electric car startups ended up in trouble after trying to produce lots of cheap EVs, making a small number of extremely costly, high-quality electric supercars may be a smoother way to success.. May be..