There is a new member of the all-electric hypercar club, and it’s called the Aspark Owl. The Owl joins the likes of the Croatian-built Rimac C_Two and British Lotus Evija in this very select group, which is bound to expand over time.
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The quirkily named Aspark Owl hails from Japan and has been seen at motor shows before, but not quite in this guise. Since Italian specialists MAT have joined the project progress has been made in leaps and bounds. The car was shown this week at the Dubai Motor Show where Aspark confirmed that it will become a production reality. Just 50 units of the Owl will be produced with deliveries starting around the middle of 2020.
Quickest in the world
Aspark claims that its hypercar is the quickest in the world. They say it can zip from standstill to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 1,69 seconds. Almost as impressive is the 0-300 km/h time that is said to be a scant 10,6 seconds. Aspark is also targeting a top speed of 400 km/h.
To make this possible the Owl is powered by four electric motors that produce a total of 1 480 kW and 2 000 N.m of torque. One motor per wheel allows for torque vectoring, which means that this car is no straight-line specialist. The Owl is suspended on double-wishbones suspension at each corner. Carbon-ceramic brake discs boast 10-piston calipers in front and 4-piston anchors at the back.
Powering the motors is a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The range on a fully charged battery is claimed to be 450 km. The company says that the major electric drivetrain components are sourced from a supplier.
Aspark Owl is based on a carbon-fibre monocoque and covered in body panels made of the same lightweight woven material. Company press material says that it wants the Owl’s exterior to portray a feminine appearance. The total height is just 99 cm (even lower than the 40 inches of the original Ford GT40).