A Japanese electric supercar went from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds
A prototype of the little known Aspark Owl breaks the two-second acceleration barrier.
The Aspark Owl, an electric supercar you've probably never heard of, has just achieved a 0-62 time of 1.9 seconds.
Footage of the car accelerating seems to indeed show Aspark achieving its desired sub 2-second 0-62 (technically, a 0-100 kph) time. The test "course" appears to be little more than the back parking lot of the company's warehouse, barely long enough for the driver to accelerate to 62 mph come back down to a complete stop before going into the weeds. It should be noted that it seems to be wearing sticky Hoosier racing tires that were heated up beforehand with a smoky burnout.
Created by the R&D Division of a Japanese company called Aspark Co. Ltd., the Owl is powered by two electric motors producing about 430 horsepower and 563 lb-ft of torque. The engineers seem to have focused on acceleration performance above all else, trimming weight down to just 1,875 pounds in all.
A sleek carbon fiber body comprises just 110 of those pounds, draped over a custom tube-frame chassis. Seating capacity is for two, as expected. Range is only 93 miles on a full charge (likely less if you're flooring it at every opportunity).
The Owl was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, but received little coverage. After all, the market for unfamiliar supercar makers is pretty crowded these days. However, if Aspark can break the 2-second barrier with street tires — a claim Elon Musk makes of the new Tesla Roadster — then perhaps the Owl has a chance of standing out from the crowd.