Japan Based ‘Aspark’ Is Looking To Challenge The 0-60 Status Quo With Their Revolutionary ‘Owl’
The automotive world is going through a revolution of sorts. With electric vehicles challenging everything we know about speed, it’s becoming a cutthroat battle for the fastest 0-60, a battle the electric cars are winning more and more. But Aspark is rumored to have created an incredibly quick supercar, one that could end the battle once and for all.
Called the Owl, Asparks low and lean supercar is boasting quite an incredible resume. Right now the current 0-62 leader is the well known Tesla model S P100D. Set to Tesla’s patented ‘ludacrous mode’ the P100D stampeded to 62mph in just 2.28 seconds, leaving the petrol powered field in the dust by a meager .02 seconds. But now Japans new kid on the block is claiming it can beat the P100D to 62, and that it can do it by a mouth water .28-seconds. That’s right, Aspark is claiming a 0-62mph time of 2-seconds flat. They now have my attention.
So how does the Owl plan to launch at such speed? weight, for starters. More like lack of weight, actually. See, the P100D stomped its competition out of brute force. When in ‘Ludacris mode’ the P100D is capable of producing 588 Horsepower and a stunning 920lb-ft of torque. And because it’s an electric car, we all know that means that torque comes on instantly. That’s what enables the P100D to get its bloated 5,000lb chassis up to speed. The Owl will conversely produce only 429hp and 563lb-ft of torque, a bit less than the Tesla. But it does so with a curb weight of just 1,900lbs, a featherweight by comparison.
The idea is a lighter package can achieve the same success, without all the fluff. Aspark achieved this by developing a set of new 40kW electric motors, which are smaller and lighter than most, but still pack a decent punch. They also built an all-new current controller, allowing for better current flow. While it has your typical battery and charging system we have grown accustomed too, Aspark has made a point that the Owl is not your daily get around. Everything about this car is meant for going fast, and only that. When that is the main focus you end up with a maximum range of just 93 miles, and I’m sure that is being optimistic.
The Owl is incredibly good looking, with that classic supercar styling. The body is constructed entirely from carbon fiber, weighing a claimed 110lbs total. It also manages to sit at just 39-inches tall, making a Lambo look like a pickup truck. Underneath those incredible carbon wheel arches Aspark managed to fit a set of 19-inch front rims and a set of 20-inch rears to give the Owl a bold stance. They also fit as much rubber on those rims as possible, running an astonishing 335 rear tire. With an electric motor in each wheel the Owl’s 4-wheel drive is still going to have to battle for traction, even with the stickiest tires on the market.
The funniest part about the Owl is its interior. There is no doubt what market this car is meant to compete in, and yet the interior screams ‘budget concept car.’ This is likely due to the fact that the Owl isn’t really anywhere close to production, currently musing as a pre-production car. The other is the fact that Aspark wants the Owl to be as light as possible, which doesn’t leave much room for the luxury items we are accustomed too. Hyuara quality, the Owl’s interior definitely is not.
While we finally got a good glimpse of what the Owl will look like, we still haven’t seen enough to know how serious to take it. It’s an incredibly striking car, and the concept looks promising. But 2-seconds is a lofty goal, for even the greatest car company. Only time will tell, but I’m sure when that time comes all eyes will be on the Owl.