Aspark’s electric hypercar spreads its wings

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Words: Nile Bijoux
19 Nov 2019

The Aspark Owl has debuted and isn’t messing around. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer reckons its debut hypercar is the “fastest accelerating car in the world.”

They have good reason to think that too, as the Owl uses four permanent magnet electric motors, which offer a combined 1480kW and a clean 2000Nm of torque. As a result, 0-60mph (97km/h) takes a claimed 1.69 seconds. Presumably, any quicker would require tyres made of a stickier substance than is currently available. Blasting from nought to 300km/h takes 10.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 400km/h while range is 450 NEDC-rated kilometres.

Interestingly, Aspark went with a 64kWh battery pack, smaller than what will be found on the likes of Lotus’ Evija hypercar and the Nio EP9. Tesla’s second-generation Roadster will reportedly have a massive 200kWh battery. Aspark did say a larger battery could be made available in the future, which could boost those mind-bending performance stats even further.

The smaller battery does help weight, however, with the Owl tipping the scales at 1900kg. A single-piece carbon monocoque chassis and a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body also keep the kilos down. Height is just 99cm, or an inch lower than Ford’s uber-low GT40 endurance racer from the 1960s.

Aspark isn’t only interested in the drag strip, however. The Owl gets double-wishbone suspension at each corner while hydraulic dampers have three modes that offer between 80mm and 160mm of ground clearance. Carbon-ceramic brake discs with 10-piston calipers in front and four-piston stoppers at the rear help slow down the hypercar.

Aspark will build 50 Owls, each asking’ €2.9 million ($NZ5m). Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2020.

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