Matt Farah Of The Drive Takes On Drakan Spyder

Screenshot via YouTube, /Drive,
Screenshot via YouTube, /Drive, /

The Drakan Spyder is the chassis you’ve always wanted but never really thought it could be reality, until now.

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When we talk about sports cars and race cars, what do we really talk about?  We talk about finding ways to reduce weight.  We talk about finding clever ways to add power.  We talk about the sensations of a race car that we want on daily driving roads.  The cars that come to mind may be the Lotus Elise,  Ariel Atom, and the BAC Mono.  Clearly, this race car for the road theme, comes in various shapes and sizes.  But, if you want a fairly affordable one with a V8, have a gander at the

Drakan Spyder


Matt Farah took the Drakan Spyder out for a proper drive.

So, what is there to love?  That’s simple.  While the design is definitely unique, it does come with an GM LS3 engine capable of 430 horsepower and 424-lb.ft. of torque.  The transmission is a G96 made from Getrag, straight out of a Porsche 911.

Optional equipment is also available.  Aero pieces, carbon ceramic brakes, a sequential gearbox with paddle-shift, race exhaust system, dry sump lubrication, and a data acquisition box with integrated video can all be added.

With a power-to-weight ratio that rivals a Bugatti Veyron and a race car-like experience behind the wheel, it’s a steal at a tenth of the cost of a Bugatti Veyron.

Best of all, it’s a 50-state legal car that hits the check marks of what a race car is all about.  Lightweight chassis?  Check.  Proper tires?  Check.  In-board suspension for reduced unsprung weight?  Check.  Open air cockpit?  Check.

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Estimates of performance include a 0-60 mile per hour time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed up to 165 miles per hour.

How much does all of this cost?  A rolling chassis is roughly $80,000.  A turn-key chassis is available for $100,000.  Details have not yet been specified for optional equipment.

While it may not be the most practical car on the road, it is easily one of the most visceral.  Anyone looking for a new track toy?  Look no further.

Details and specifications provided by Drakan Cars.