When we think of electric cars instinctively, we would think about Tesla, NIO or Rimac as the pioneers and leaders. If I told you, a new company released a car that puts the new Tesla Model S Plaid to shame and has a higher top speed than the Rimac Concept 2. That would be the Aspark Owl.
Launched in 2020, the Aspark Owl is a Japanese all-electric hypercar. That is built in Italy and will be limited to just 50 units, and each one costing a shy over £2.3 million. The firm’s goal is to create an electric monster that will hold the title of the fastest accelerating car in the world.
The performance figures speak for themselves, equipped with four electric motors, one for each wheel that produces around 2,000 bhp and 2,000 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph is achieved in an astonishing 1.7 seconds, well 1.69 seconds to be precise, and reaches 186 mph in 10.6 seconds and goes onto a top speed of 249 mph. This is unbelievable and astonishing in an electric car, considering the range is 280 miles before every charge. However, I would imagine if you drive the vehicle to its limits range would be significantly reduced.
The exterior design and features are also just as astonishing; the entire car is built out of carbon fibre and built around a carbon fibre monocoque that weighs only 120kg. The Owl also has active aerodynamics and an active rear wing to help keep it planted to the ground under high speed while also improving downforce to ensure that all four wheels are in constant contact with the road. It’s not just going fast in a straight line that the Owl is good for; it also has double wishbone suspension with hydraulic dampers and torque vectoring for improved handling.
The Owl interior follows an elegant flow found on the exterior. Luxury car features are also embedded, such as USB connections, Radio, Sat Nav, Media and Vehicle setting utilising the latest phone connectivity technology. Along with creature comforts of climate control, air conditioning and four interior display screens. There are also some funky gimmicks following a racecar appeal where the switches are located on the ceilings.
All in all, the Aspark Owl is a colossal nerdfest. It signifies the pinnacle of electric car technology and provides insight as to the future and the evolution of it. As the concept is becoming more and more refined, we are now seeing automotive firms pushing the edges of the envelope in creating some truly breath-taking machines.