Supercars, being of great power, low to the ground and fat tire, usually are not the best vehicles on ice and snow. However, Drako Motors has just shown that its GTE EV supercar could be an exception to this rule, thanks to independent motors at each wheel and what is known as torque vectoring. He posted videos showing the GTE drifting around a snowy track and high altitude ice lake, with what looks like a high degree of control.
Drako first took his car to Steamboat Springs, Colo., And whipped it around a specially designed driving circuit covered with a fairly deep and uneven surface of snow. He then made his way to Georgetown Lake at 8,500 feet above sea level, performing some pretty drastic drifting maneuvers, donuts, an incredibly long side slide, and a spin in place (tank rides). The latter is something you can only do with a true torque vectoring system, as the left and right wheels spin in opposite directions. Altitude would also be a challenge for any naturally aspirated ICE vehicle.
$ 1.25 million Drako GTE uses Fisker Karma curvy body in addition to Karma’s Revero OEM EV platform. Each wheel is powered by its own motor, which allows it to steer in part by varying the torque on each wheel – all controlled by Darko’s DriveOS software. The company claims the GTE can produce 1,200 horsepower and a ridiculous 6,500 foot-pounds of torque, delivering a top speed of 206 mph. It has a 90 kWh battery, but Drako has not yet provided autonomy.
Drako was founded by Silicon Valley billionaires Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand, who created the GTE because they could not find an electric vehicle that they loved. It’s now in production with just 25 EVs due to ship at a cost of $ 1.25 million each.