If this carbon fiber Japanese supercar lives up to its claims, it’ll redefine the hypercar genre.
If there’s something that even the slightest bit of life experience teaches, it’s that talk is cheap. Your date can spend all the time in the world telling you how great of a person they are, Nobel Peace Prize winning humans that they should be, but none of it will strike a chord as being true if they treat the waiter like a lesser life form. So yes, an obscure Japanese automaker by the name of Aspark can tout a game-changing supercar all it wants, but if it wants to make a mark on the world, it needs to show up with guns blazing.
Fortunately, that's exactly what the automaker decided to do by presenting the Aspark Owl at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. This carbon-bodied supercar has it all, exotic materials, a PR team insisting it’ll be the fastest thing on Earth to accelerate from 0-60 mph, and an all-electric drivetrain that can actually pull that feat off. Hard accelerating supercars like the Tesla Model S P100D and Rimac Concept 1 have shown the world that when it comes to acceleration, batteries do it better. In-depth specs on the Owl have yet to be released, but with a lightweight body shaped to cut through the wind and electric motors offering full torque from the get-go, the Owl may just hit its targets.
Aspark outlined the car's main goal to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds, which would make it the quickest road car on the market. Previous images of the Owl depicted a bare carbon body, but Aspark decided to dress the supercar up for Frankfurt by coating it in a pretty shade of silver. Its low-slung cockpit helps balance out the tall wheel arches on the front end while a rear wing visually elevates the tapered-off rear end. The design sees success in the sense that it manages to look special without ripping off designs from other supercars. Unfortunately, it remains ambiguous, but we’re hoping that its performance on track and while cruising on the road will be impressive enough to give the badge some weight.