Hopping into the cockpit of the open-wheel, open-top Drakan Spider isn’t exactly what you would call “graceful.” You step right onto the seats and slide your behind slowly down into the tub of the car. Then it’s time to buckle the 5-point harness, lock the racing wheel into the steering rack, and settle your stomach for what’s about to happen. Flick up the toggle, engaging the fuel pump and starter so that you feel like a real racing driver. Then, with the push of a button, 400 plus horsepower emerges from the Chevy-sourced LS3 V8.
I pushed the clutch in, and rolled out of the parking lot nice and easy. The engine was still cold, so it cracked and popped like a Jaguar F-Type on steroids. Then, I found a straight, dropped it in gear, and unleashed holy hellfire upon the roads of Southern California. I rocketed up to the point where scenery was blasting past me in a blur.
You’ve probably never heard of it the Drakan Spider. It’s essentially four wheels and a cockpit, strapped onto a V8, and thrown out into the world. It came out just this year, and it’s already proving a worthy adversary for similarly street-legal track cars like the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono. It’s fast. Really fast. It’s almost as if engineers from the Camaro Z/28 went to work on a Ariel Atom—and that’s exactly what builders Sector 111 intended.
2,000 Pounds of Pure Performance
In a normal car, you have doors, a trunk, body panels, and a ton of sound and heat insulation to quiet the road and the engine. But for a real enthusiast, that sort of takes all the fun out of it. Hearing the engine right in your ear and seeing the suspension loading up in the corner induces a truly visceral reaction. The Drakan Spyder plays on that emotion.
Soaking wet, this racecar for the road weighs only 2,000 pounds, which is staggeringly low compared to what the rest of the world call “small and lightweight.” For reference, the Scion FR-S weighs in at a whopping 2,800-lbs and only makes a fourth of the power. So you can imagine the acceleration that this thing delivers.
At 4.7 pounds-per-horsepower, the Spyder is just a tad less powerful (by that metric) than the Bugatti Veyron (4.25 lb/hp). It results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Pair that to a 40/60 front-rear weight distribution. And you have a car that is well sorted for a straight line, and playful in turns.