Japan’s first electric hypercar has over 2,000 horsepower and a crazy 0-62 mph time.
Remember the Aspark Owl? The oddly named Japanese hypercar was presented as a concept back in 2017. Since then, Aspark has faced stiff competition from a new breed of electric hypercars including the Rimac C_Two, Pininfarina Battista, and Lotus Evija.
Now, the production Aspark Owl has finally debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show, and its specifications are simply mind-blowing. With a 0-62 mph time of just 1.69 seconds, Aspark claims the Owl is the fastest accelerating car in the world. For comparison, Tesla claims the Roadster will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 1.9 seconds. This is achieved thanks to four extremely powerful electric motors generating a combined output of 2,012 horsepower and around 1,475 lb-ft of torque. That's almost three times more power than Formula E cars and two times more than Formula 1 cars.
Top speed is claimed to be 249 mph, while 0-180 mph takes a mere 10.6 seconds. A centrally mounted 64 kWh lithium-ion battery developed specifically for the owl provides a range of 280 miles based on the NEDC cycle and can be charged in 80 minutes with a 44 kW system. Aspark says a larger battery might be offered in 2020.
With a height of 38.9 inches, Aspark believes the Owl could also be the lowest road legal electric hypercar in the world. Visually, the production Owl has undergone many changes since the concept debuted two years ago to improve the styling, achieve performance targets, and meet homologation. Two external mirrors with cameras have been added, along with more functional side glass, and an active rear wing that automatically raises at 93 mph to increase downforce and increase stability at high speed.
No photos have been provided of the cabin, but Aspark says the interior "evokes a modern concept of luxury," with elegant lines running along the driver and passenger sides and switches on the ceiling.
To keep the car light, the Aspark Owl rides on a carbon monocoque structure that weighs 265 pounds and feature a full carbon fiber body, resulting in a dry weight of 4,188 pounds. It also has a double wishbone hydraulic suspension system allowing the the driver to adjust the ride height between 3.15 and 6.299 inches.
The Aspark Owl will be limited to 50 units, with production taking place in Turin, Italy in collaboration with Manifattura Automobili Torino. Each car will cost € 2,900,000 ($3.19 million), while deliveries will start in Q2 2020.