Thanks to a bucketload of software, the Drako GTE makes ice drifting look too easy

When Shiv Sikand and Dean Drako decided to build the GTE, that desire came, in fact, from necessity. The two business partners couldn’t find an EV they liked and simply set off to build one themselves. Six year later, the Drako GTE was born as a high-performance sedan than drives like an E46 M3 and packs 1,200 horsepower.

But power is nothing without control and in case you had any doubts that the GTE isn’t a finely-tuned precision tool, we’re here to shatter those.

The Drako GTE On Ice - Pure Motion Art At Its Finest
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Developed in San Jose, right in the heard of Silicon Valley, the Drako GTE is definitely not your average electric car. Not when it comes to performance, not when it comes to price (Drako is asking $1.3 million for each GTE it builds), and definitely not when it comes to specs.

The Drako GTE On Ice - Pure Motion Art At Its Finest
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This go-fast EV has four electric motors with about 1,200 horsepower between them, torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, of course, and the ability to apply up to 225 kW (302 horsepower) of regenerative braking force to keep its 5,300 pounds in check.

If regen braking isn’t enough, then a mechanical brake setup steps in to diffuse the situation with a set of carbon-ceramic discs.

The Drako GTE On Ice - Pure Motion Art At Its Finest
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The torque-vectoring system is powered by a super-smart piece of software that can dictate each wheel’s acceleration and braking and make discrete adjustments when needed up to 1,000 times per seconds. That normally comes in handy when you’re constantly hunting for the best trajectory or really pushing the car on the track, but it’s also a useful trick to have up the sleeve as you go drifting on the icy surface of a frozen lake.

See the Drako GTE Perform on Snow Too!

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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