Japanese electric car maker Aspark is premiering the production of their hypercar, the Owl, and proclaiming it to be the world’s fastest accelerating car. With a zero to 60 miles per hour speed of just 1.69 seconds, there are few that would argue with that declaration. In fact, Tesla’s Roadster can only hit that speed in 1.9 seconds.
The production version of the Owl was debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show by Aspark’s CEO Masanori Yoshida. The Owl’s wide-hipped design was realized in top-level carbon fiber materials, which keeps the weight down. Combine that lightweight with four powerful electric motors and a unique torque vectoring system, and it’s no surprise that his car is as fast as Aspark says it is. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the four Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors produce a whopping 2012 horsepower. Torque comes in at an incredible 2000 Newton meters. That’s almost three times more power than Formula-E cars, and two times more power than Formula 1 cars.
Now you might be thinking that all that power will come at expense of range, right? If you’re going to use that much power, it has to suck the juice down pretty quick, right? According to Aspark, that’s not the case. The Owl actually has a range of up to 450 kilometers, and it has a top speed of 400 kilometers per hour. The battery can be fully charged in 80 minutes using a 44 kW system
The Owl sits pretty low, rising only 99 cm from the ground. It does feature three levels of ground clearance thanks to its wishbone hydraulic suspension system. The driver can automatically raise or lower the car from 80 mm to 160 mm.
“We were the first company to present the concept of a full-electric hypercar back in 2017,” said Yoshida in his presentation at the show. “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.” As well you should be, Mr. Yoshida.