The hypercar went from 0-100kph in 1.9 seconds
We’re accustomed to uninhibited hyperbole from the world’s best carmakers. Every manufacturer wants us to believe that the vehicle they have designed is pushing the envelope of engineering and breaking new ground when it comes to innovative ways to defy the laws of physics. But ever so rarely, a carmaker comes out with a product that actually delivers on the brief.
When boutique Japanese marque, Aspark, rocked up to the Frankfurt Motor Show last year with an all-electric supercar concept called Owl that they claimed would be the world’s fastest accelerating EV – capable of going from 0-100kph in under two seconds – we were expectedly sceptical. Now though, there’s video evidence that the supercar can actually do what its makers say its capable of.
The video shows a very brief acceleration and deceleration test of the Owl and has data recorded from the testing instruments which pegs a 0-100kph time of 1.92 seconds – that’s faster than a Tesla Roadster.
The car is built from carbon-fibre and uses very light magnesium alloy wheels to reduce the overall weight of the car to around 850kgs. There is a pair of 40Kw motors generating 492 hp and 763 Nm of torque. Aspark says that the machine will have a top speed of 174mph – 280kph – and a range of 93 miles or 150km. It is also a tarmac-hugging low-slung machine that rises to just 39 inches above the ground – that’s an inch less than the much-feted Ford GT40 supercar.
In addition to the battery, the test vehicle also had a supercapacitor which gave it a significant boost. Our only gripe with the video is the test location which looks like an industrial site, rather than a slick airport runway. Also, the driver heads right towards the base of a hill and then stops just a few feet short of it – wonder what would have happened if he was even a second slower in his reflexes.
There’s no word yet from Aspark on the release date of the car or the final specs and pricing, but expect to fork out around $4 million for this ride. Watch the video below.