Jay Leno drives 430-hp ultra-light Drakan Spyder

The simple recipe of a low weight and lot of horsepower is well-understood to create an engaging performance vehicle, and the Drakan Spyder on this week's Jay Leno's Garage ticks both boxes easily. Shinoo Mapleton of Sector 111, which also imports the stripped-down BAC Mono, shows off this sprightly creation that he imagines as a low-maintenance track car that also excels on the road.

The Drakan Spyder weighs just 2,000 pounds thanks to a tube-frame chassis and fiberglass body panels, but a mid-mounted 6.2-liter LS3 V8 pumps out 430 hp and 424 pound-feet of torque, according to the company's website. The pointed nose and open wheels immediately communicate that this little machine means business, too. Sector 111 keeps the driving experience pure with a six-speed manual and no anti-lock brakes or traction control to intervene in what the driver wants.

Leno doesn't hide that he prefers the Drakan to his experience in the Mono. The inclusion of a windshield makes the drive more comfortable, and the speedster's two seats mean that you can share the experience with a buddy. Plus, the new model offers that distinctive V8 rumble when Jay finally opens the throttle on the freeway.

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