The Drako GTE Is a 1200-HP Electric Sedan That Can Hit 206 MPH

That should be more than enough speed for the whole family.

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Drako Motors

Back in June, Silicon Valley startup Drako Motors teased its first production car, the GTE. Promising an all-electric four-seater with supercar performance and 1200 horsepower, we were intrigued. Now, we finally get to see the car in-full.

The GTE is the result of nearly a decade of engineering and design development, according to Drako. The car, a sleek four-door with an aggressive stance, uses four individual permanent-magnet hybrid synchronous motors paired with their own direct drive gearboxes—one at each wheel. The floor-mounted battery has 90kWh of energy capacity, and comes equipped with a 15 kW onboard charger. Using torque-vectoring tech developed at the Nurburgring, the car is able to adjust torque applied to each wheel independently over 1000 times per second. Top speed is 206 mph.

Complementing the drivetrain is Öhlins suspension and brakes from Brembo with six piston calipers up front, and four-piston units in the rear. Buyers have a choice between 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires or, if they plan on visiting the track often, 21-inch wheels paired with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. According to Drako, the chassis itself is supplied by Fisker.

Inside, drivers will find four dials on the center console Drako calls "Quattro Manettino," which allows the operator to adjust torque vectoring, power deployment front to rear, regenerative braking, and drive mode. The company claims the car will be able to fit four occupants comfortably along with their luggage.

Drako says the GTE makes 6490 lb-ft of combined wheel torque, which is a bit different than torque figures you’re be used to. Basically, it’s the torque occurring at the wheels, rather than at the engine or motor. Wheel torque is influenced by transmission and final-drive gearing, and is often much larger than the true torque output from the drivetrain. If you’d like a bit more explanation, head on over here.

Drako plans to build just 25 GTEs, with a price of $1.25 million before options. The car will make its first public appearance at Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week, and order books are open now. First deliveries are expected in 2020.

This story was updated at 1:00 PM, August 16th, 2019 to note that the Drako GTE’s 6490 lb-ft torque figure represents wheel torque.

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