The Aspark Owl has finally debuted as the fastest accelerating vehicle in the world.
Last year, we were able to get a glimpse of the Aspark Owl in its prototype form. The electric hypercar looked very promising with over 1,000 hp and a 0-60 mph time of under two seconds.
Now we get to see the production form as it is unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show, a place where if a car doesn't have many hundreds of horsepower it might as well not bother showing up. And the Aspark Owl has way more than just a few hundred horses.
Zero to sixty is done in just 1.69 seconds. Top speed is 248 mph. Aspark says the Owl has 1,480 kW from 4 permanent magnet synchronous motors which represent 2,012 hp, but that math seems a bit off since 1,480 kW is equal to 1,985 hp. Either way, that's a lot of horses. Torque is measured at 1,475 lb-ft.
As with any electric car, range is always an issue. The Aspark Owl is said to reach 280 miles on a single charge of its 1,300 kW lithium-ion battery. Charging takes 80 minutes from a standard 44 kWh charging station, but Aspark says they're planning on improving that time in 2020.
The chassis is a carbon-fiber monocoque and the body is carbon fiber reinforced with plastic. Brakes are carbon-ceramic discs on the front and back, while the suspension is adjustable to three separate ride heights. Dry weight is just 1,900 kg or roughly 4,200 lbs.
“We were the first company to present the concept of a full-electric hypercar back in 2017. The first to present the production version at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show. We will be the first to deliver a full-electric hypercar to customers in the second quarter of 2020. And I am really proud of this,” said Aspark CEO Masanori Yoshida says during the presentation in Dubai.
And as expected, it won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $3.2 million, with a limited production run of just 50 units.