Company

We create stunning, driver focused supercars that deliver exhilarating performance with maximum control and safety—on road and track.

Drako Motors has focused on a singular mission since it was founded in Silicon Valley by American entrepreneurs, Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand: Create stunning, driver focused supercars that deliver exhilarating performance with maximum control and safety—on road and track. After almost a decade of unrelenting design, engineering and track development behind closed doors, Drako Motors has launched its first limited production electric supercar—Drako GTE.

Letter from the Founders

WHY WE STARTED DRAKO MOTORS 

Embarking on the development of a new supercar company is no small endeavor.   We took this on because we recognized that the advent of the electric car and advances in software technology created a new world of engineering possibilities for exhilarating performance, precision handling, and higher safety. Possibilities that applied both on the road and on the track. 

In this new world, our vision was to introduce a new driving dynamic paradigm. With the launch of our first supercar, we have realized this vision. 

In the old steering paradigm, understeer and oversteer can lead to loss of control on the track and in adverse weather.  We wanted to eliminate these dangerous conditions, while creating a superior driving experience, by utilizing a precision All-Wheel Drive (AWD) solution. 

A traditional AWD car contains three differentials – in the front, rear, and center (to split power between the front and rear).  To eliminate oversteer and understeer, we must be able to deliver positive and negative torque each of the four wheels.   

With Drako Motors’ four motors and sophisticated software algorithms, we can precisely apply both positive and negative torque to control the exact drive to each wheel.  This provides a level of control impossible with traditional solutions, where there is only one engine and the differentials are mechanical.*   

With Drako GTE, we push the concept of AWD to a new level by replacing all the differentials with software. The Drako DriveOS computes a new torque command to each wheel 1000 times every second (1ms), delivering unrivaled turning capability and incredible safety on every surface.  

Sincerely,

Dean Drako
Shiv Sikand

*We choose to discount the use of hydraulic braking systems as a negative torque application solution - although crudely effective, the wasted power, the imprecise nature of mechanical braking and the slow response times make it virtually obsolete for the future.

News

Drako GTE World Premiere

Drako Motors has launched its first limited production electric supercar—Drako GTE. View press release.

Drako Public Debut

Drako GTE will make its first public debut in August 2019 at the prestigious Quail Motorsports Gathering among select invited guests. View the latest Drako Motors press release.

For press inquiries, please reach out to press@drakomotors.com

Leadership

Dean Drako

President and CEO

Dean has founded and run several successful companies delivering technology to address demanding problems across multiple industries. In addition to Drako Motors, Dean founded Barracuda Networks, Eagle Eye Networks and IC Manage. Goldman Sachs named Dean as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014.”

Shiv Sikand

Executive VP

Shiv has deep expertise in semiconductor design, electronics, control systems, software, and real time operating systems. He began his career in microprocessor design before Co-Founding IC Manage where he has created solutions for the world's leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Shiv is very passionate about cars, endurance rallying, off road motorcycles, and the physics and engineering of driving dynamics.

Sami Ruotsalainen

VP Electric Powertrain

Sami has extensive research and engineering development for automotive technology platforms and sensors. He was recognized by the Finnish Electrical Engineers Association for his Electric Vehicle development work, and won the Finnish national open electronics design contest for solid state turn-and-slip Indicator for flying gliders in zero visibility.

Lowie Vermeersch

Chief Designer Drako GTE

Lowie started his career as an automotive designer at Pininfarina and was quickly appointed to Design Director leading the automotive design department. He is now the CEO and Creative Director of GranStudio, a new type of design house located in Italy. Lowie was design responsible for designing cars such as the Ferrari 458, Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta, Maserati Birdcage 75th, Pininfarina Sintesi and the Glickenhaus SCG003.

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