A tiny Japanese electric car just shattered the dreams of every other hypercar out there by hitting a 0 to 60 time of just 1.9 seconds.
That’s right. An electric car just did what no other gas-powered vehicle could ever do.
It actually comes as little surprise, considering how electric motors have a far faster response and way more torque than can ever be accomplished with an internal combustion engine. But even still, 1.9 seconds is absurdly fast.
The car is called the Owl, from the small Japanese engineering firm of Aspar. The company seems to mostly do technical consulting, but now is entering the hypercar market with the Owl, what could quite possibly be the fastest electric car ever. At least in terms of acceleration.
The Owl debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year. Its all-wheel-drive electric motors are reported to pump out 430 hp and 563 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers aren’t too awe-inspiring, but the car itself weighs less than 1900 lbs, giving it a stupid power-to-weight ratio.
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All the weight saving measures you’ve come to know are employed, there’s two very basic seats, virtually no creature comforts for the passengers (there’s no room for an A/C on a car this small), and everything is made out of carbon fiber. There isn’t even any paint on this thing as it’s considered unnecessary weight. Which is kind of true, but still a little extreme.
What’s even more amazing that the fact the car reached 60 mph in 1.9 seconds (actually it went to 100 kilometers per hour in 1.921 seconds, but we can round down for imperial measurements) is the fact that it got there in so little space. The video is shot in what appears to be the backlot of a light industrial center, possibly even the manufacturing facility where the car was made.
However, the Owl made the 0 to 60 time using Hoosier racing tires, and it also warmed them up via a rear-wheel burnout before the attempt. Aspark says they’ll tweak the car to eventually get a sub 2-second 0 to 60 time on road legal tires. In the meantime, watch and be amazed.