SANTA BARBARA, California—Successful Silicon Valley software entrepreneurs, lifelong automotive enthusiasts, and electric-car startups Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand do not want to be Elon Musk. At least not when it comes to their own EV creation, the Drako Motors GTE.
“Tesla controls the EV narrative today, and its narrative is different than ours,” Sikand says. “It only sells one kind of car, a little commuter car; it can be driven cross-country with superchargers and range, but at the end of the day it’s a commuter car. That’s one narrative. The narrative we’re interested in is, [we’re building] a better-driving car.”
Drako GTE: The Brief History
You’ll recall the Drako GTE burst into collective car-guy consciousness during Monterey Car Week 2019, making its first public appearance during the annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering event that precedes the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It received an overwhelmingly positive reception from attendees