Electric car startups seem to be a dime a dozen in Silicon Valley these days, but very few ever seem to ship out a finished product. It is a difficult business to break into and remain in. Drako Motors is one of those startups, having entered the scene in 2015, and while it has not yet released its first vehicle, it seems committed to doing so soon. What is particularly unique about Drako is that its hypercars are actually converted from the Fisker Karma, another electric car.
Drako and the Fisker Karma
Drako first announced back in June of this year that it would soon start production of the all-electric Drako GTE, its debut vehicle. The GTE is slated as a four-passenger luxury supercar with “cornering precision unlike any other supercar on the road today”. With its 1,200 horsepower, a top speed of 206 mph, and 6,491 ft-lb of torque, this impressive vehicle can be yours for a cool $1.25 million.
So outside of those almost unbelievable specs, what exactly makes the Drako GTE so special?
Part of it has to do with the fact that Drako has gone all-out in acquiring high-end parts for their cars. It has provided the GTE with an Öhlins four-way adjustable suspension for smooth ride quality whether one is on the highway or on a track. The GTW also comes with carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes for precision stopping power during extensive performance driving without fade.
Then there is the chassis. In a smart move that allows Drako to avoid creating their own VINs, doing crash testing, or racking up additional expenses from producing their own from scratch, the company actually takes used Fisker Karmas and uses the midsection of the car in the production of the GTE. Drako then adds its own front and rear fascias in order to make the design its own.
Considering the sad end that Fisker Automotive eventually experienced, it is kind of nice to see their sports cars reborn in such a way.
Production and Delivery
Say you want to get your hands on one– how can that happen, and when? According to Drako, the GTE is expected to go into production later this year, and if all goes well, deliveries will start in 2020. Of course, the company will want $1.25 million for the privilege of owning this impressive piece of engineering, which makes it quite a unique vehicle. Then there is the fact that Drako will only be producing 25 of its electric sedans. Talk about exclusive.
Best of luck making a reservation on one of these.