Taking center stage in EV news is the Aspark Owl, an electric supercar that does 0-60 in under 2 seconds (just know that the record was set on racing slicks).
Aspark’s high-style supercar just “blitzed the benchmark run” as TopGear.com put it, during a recent test carried out in a tiny parking lot.
Viknesh Vijayenthiran in MotorAuthority along with other car-watching sites said it managed to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 1.92 seconds. That sent up many “Wow” signals.
Vijayenthiran said, “Powering its electric motors is a combination of batteries and supercapacitors, said to be capable of delivering a range of 93 miles on a single charge.”
(TopGear.com added that “Aspark reckons this Owl is capable of hitting 174mph flat out, a top speed that would likely affect the claimed 93-mile battery range.”)
The Owl first got attention last year during the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. It’s an “electric supercar” from Japan. InsideEVs said it packs “some serious” technology.
The powertrain is all electric. TopGear.com said, “the Owl runs a pair of 40kW motors, offering up 429bhp and 563lb ft of torque.”
The Owl weighs 1,874 pounds and InsideEVs noted it had all-carbon bodywork.
TopGear.com called it a “two-seat, butterfly-doored exotic.”
Vijayenthiran turned to availability and price: “Unfortunately, Aspark only intends on building 50 examples of the Owl, each priced from a staggering $4.4 million.”
One key question, then, is how this sleek car might impact the next-gen Tesla Roadster’s future.
The Electrek in November last year said, “The battery pack powers three electric motors unleashing enough power to achieve a 0 to 60 mph time of 1.9 seconds – the quickest of any production car ever.”
So is the Owl to be faster than the Roadster? “On slicks, maybe. But on road tires the Tesla Roadster likely still reigns supreme.” That was the comment from InsideEVs
Several news sites pointed to the tires on Owl during the test. The tires used were Hoosier racing slicks, not street-legal ones with rain-tolerant tread grooves, said Motor Trend.
Reports said the company wants to repeat the test with road-approved tires.
Well, Joel Stocksdale, an associate editor at Autoblog, had some thoughts. Shots of the speedometer? Time or speed recording displays? Also, “the location seems oddly small to be hustling a car to about 60 mph and back down. It looks like a parking lot behind a warehouse, and though the claimed times would maybe make the feat feasible, we’d be nervous going that fast in a short parking lot that ends in a grassy upward hill.”
On the other hand, Stocksdale wrote that “we can tell the thing launches really hard. So overall, we’re cautiously optimistic about the Owl, and if the company keeps rolling out info and video like this, the ratio of caution to optimism will probably shift to optimism’s favor.”