Towards the end of last year, we got up close and personal with the Drakan Spyder at Sector111. With it’s otherworldly looks and presence, hearty mid-mounted LS3, and radically neoteric suspension, it’s a performance-minded gearhead’s wet dream.
Our face-to-face time was with both the machine and it’s creator – Sector111 president and CEO Shinoo Mapleton – but all of our impressions were derived from the car at either a stand-still or in mild cross-town driving; unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to see the Drakan go all out. Now, however, in the latest episode of /Tuned on /Drive’s YouTube channel, we get a more intensive look at the behind-the-wheel experience from the perspective of Matt Farah.In the video, Farah navigates the car through some technical backroads here in Southern California and is able to really let the Drakan stretch its legs – all whilst supplying us with his usual insight. As expected, the Drakan’s handling capabilities are astounding; the inboard wishbone suspension enables the car to remain entirely flat, keeping itself glued to the pavement in every corner.
But while the intricate tube chassis and inspired suspension are noteworthy feats of creative engineering, our focus is (and has been) on the Drakan’s 6.2-liter beating heart – the 430-horsepower LS3. Much like its track-focused counterparts – such as the BAC Mono and Ariel Atom – the wild suspension and chassis combine to create an ultra-lightweight, highly-nimble amalgamation. Unlike its counterparts, however, Sector111 did away with the “small-displacement motor” part of the equation in their Drakan.
Whereas all the models Ariel currently offers utilize a 2.4-liter Honda powerplant, and the BAC Mono is equipped with a similarly-sized 2.5-liter inline-four, the Drakan squeezes a big, throaty LS-motor in essentially the same packaging (while giving them a run for their money in the looks department, too). How the Drakan’s Corvette-powering motor mates with its go-kart like attributes is what puts it in a league of its own.As far as we’re concerned, Sector111 got everything right with the Drakan. Exotic looks? Check. Unparalleled track performance? Check. 50-state road legal? Check. And, as a pair of added bonuses, the Drakan does all three while breaking neither your bank nor your back – sale price is $100,000 for a turn key car (far from practical, no doubt, but still half the price of BAC’s Mono) and, according to Farah, the comfort level is more than adequate, too.
As Mapleton put it and as Farah confirmed, the Drakan is really a quite civil machine when you aren’t laying into it; unlike other purpose-built, street-legal race cars, the Drakan won’t beat you up every time you drive it. Mapleton also mentions the car’s competitive pricing, stating that it’s slotted in between the Ariel Atom (around $70,000) and the BAC Mono (around $200,000). At 100 grand for a turn-key car (80 grand for a rolling chassis), you’re getting one very serious track weapon.
Check out the video below – which comes straight from Sector111’s own YouTube channel – for a better, less cinematic look at the Drakan in its element. In the video, Sector111 is testing a new aero kit which we can look forward to at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch; it’s only testing, so the car isn’t necessarily being pushed to its absolute limits, but it still gives us a pretty good look at its level of composure and how well it makes use of the LS3’s broad torque curve.We’re big fans of the work Sector111 does, and especially that with the Drakan Spyder. But what do you think – does it look like this 2,000-pound, LS3-driven track car is the ultimate weapon for the money, or would you take your cash somewhere else? Tell us what you think in the comments below!