NEW MODELS FOR 2017 —
❏ Drakart Scorpion off-road cars look like what they are—limited-production, built-to-spec, high-performance UTVs. And while it may look like Drakart is cashing in on UTV popularity, the truth is, Drakart cars came before modern UTVs. The first Drakart single-seat car was built, designed and raced in Europe from 1990 to 1997 by Alan Fricker.
Fricker was fascinated by North American wide-open spaces, and the Drakart was then adapted for and made available to the North American market and built in Canada from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, Drakart Inc. moved to Lake Elsinore, California, to better serve the American off-road community.
The Scorpions are powered by modified Suzuki Hayabusa superbike motorcycle engines. The standard engine is 190 horsepower, but our test machines had 212. Going turbo can boost output to 350 horsepower.
They use a manual-shift transmission and manual-clutch with a chain drive going to a billet-aluminum transfer gear case that provides power to the independent rear axles. It also has a reverse gear.
Along with the two-seater Scorpion, Drakart also makes a four-seater version. The Dirt Wheels crew got to drive both of these high-performance off-road machines. What was that like? We’re putting together a full test report that will appear in the July 2017 magazine. You’ll want to make sure you pick up a copy of that issue.