Supercars, being high-powered, low to the bottom and fats of tire, often aren’t one of the best automobiles on ice and snow. Nonetheless, Drako Motors has simply confirmed that its GTE supercar EV may be an exception to that rule, because of the impartial motors at every wheel and one thing known as torque-vectoring. It launched movies exhibiting the GTE drifting round a snow-covered observe and high-elevation ice lake, with what appears like a excessive diploma of management.
Drako first took its automobile to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and flogged it round a purpose-built driving circuit coated with a reasonably deep and uneven snow floor. It then went to Georgetown Lake at 8,500 ft above sea stage, performing some fairly radical drifting maneuvers, donuts, an extremely lengthy sideways slide and spinning in place (tank turns). The latter is one thing you possibly can solely do with a real torque-vectoring system, because the left and proper wheels rotate in reverse instructions. The altitude would even be a problem for any naturally-aspirated ICE car.
The $1.25 million Drako GTE makes use of the Fisker Karma’s curvy physique on high of Karma’s Revero OEM EV platform. Every wheel is powered by its personal motor, permitting it to steer partially by various the torque on every wheel — all managed by Darko’s DriveOS software program. The corporate claims that the GTE can produce 1,200 horsepower and a ridiculous 6,500 feet-pound of torque, delivering a high pace of 206 MPH. It has a 90 kWh battery, however Drako has but to supply the vary.
Drako was based by Silicon Valley billionaires Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand, who created the GTE as a result of they could not discover an EV they favored. It is now in manufacturing with simply 25 EVs set to be delivered at a worth of $1.25 million every.