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11 September 2020

The £2.5 million Aspark Owl hypercar has made its first public European appearance ahead of customer deliveries later this year.

Exhibited at the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance motor show, the Owl is claimed by its maker to be “the fastest-accelerating car in the world,” following tests at the Misano World Circuit, where it clocked a 0-60mph sprint time of 1.72sec.

Just 50 examples are set to be produced, with deliveries due to begin this autumn. Aspark says the Owl, which made its public debut in Dubai last year, is actually able to go even faster, with a 0-60mph target of under 1.7sec. This makes it the fastest-accelerating road-legal production car in the world, slashing 0.6sec off the 0-60mph time of the Tesla Model S.

The Owl generates 1985bhp from four electric motors - almost twice the power of a Formula 1 car - coupled with a “unique” battery pack for a claimed range of up to 280 miles. The powertrain also generates around 1475lb ft of torque, with the motors rotating at up to 15,000rpm. Top speed is quoted as 249mph.

The Owl’s 64kWh lithium ion battery is of a much smaller capacity than those in competing electric hypercars from the likes of Rivian and Lotus, with the aim of reducing weight. The car’s chassis is made from carbonfibre, as are most of its other components, contributing to a claimed dry weight of 1900kg.

The Owl was originally announced as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The production version will gain an automatically extending spoiler, digital cameras integrated into the wing mirrors and an interior redesign that moves controls and switches to the ceiling.

Aspark CEO Mansanori Yoshida told reporters: “It’s a great honour for Aspark to be the first to announce this achievement, reached in a record time. When we first announced this project, no one believed it could have been done. It is true that we do not have a long history, but we are now completing what is the first Japanese electric hypercar.”

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14 November 2019

  Does it have the same problem as the Chiron?, or is it more so?, I'm talking about all that torque and putting it down on the Road, who has developed Tyres that can take all that torque?

14 November 2019

Bit of an expensive way to commit suicide.  Better to pay £175,000 for a Ferrari Roma and go out in style but leave a bit of dosh for the wife and kids.

Anybody who drives one of these ridiculous cars will, undoubtedly, die.  Just, please, do NOT let Richard Hammond near one

14 November 2019

on a side note:  i was wondering what this reminded me of and then I remembered - one of those hideous Mitsuoka things from about 10 years ago.

Which made me look at the Mitsuoka website.  Most of their cars are pretty awful, but there is one which just jumped off the screen at me, the terribly named Rock Star.  This appears to be based on the Mazda MX5, but looks like a 1960s Corvette convertible.  It is just stunning and would be right at the top of my list if I was looking for a 2 seat convertible.

Autocar, please please please feature this car!  Please!

15 November 2019

i was thinking modernid nissan r390, amongst other things

15 November 2019
russ13b wrote:

i was thinking modernid nissan r390, amongst other things

The sweeping up and down lines of its side profile does indeed look similar to the Nissan.  It’s funny, the R390 is over 20 years old and it still looks better than this thing.

11 September 2020
martin_66 wrote:

russ13b wrote:

i was thinking modernid nissan r390, amongst other things

The sweeping up and down lines of its side profile does indeed look similar to the Nissan.  It’s funny, the R390 is over 20 years old and it still looks better than this thing.

The front quarter view looks a bit Lamborghini also, whether it's great drive also is debatable.

11 September 2020
Just checked the acceleration time of a F1 car.
Vettel's move to Aston Martin may be premature. A truly astonishing accomplished. Just unbelievably quick!
Off to get my Euro Lottery ticket.

12 September 2020
Just Saying wrote:

Vettel's move to Aston Martin may be premature.

 

 

He does not have any choice, Ferrari dumped him because they cant produce a car worthy of a driver of his standing, so many DNF's for both drivers, slow cars, and dreadful reliability, they should change the name to FIAT

12 September 2020
merely make the point of the performance. (which I'm sure you realise bud).
Go Lewis. I'm sure staying at Merc was always going to be!

11 September 2020

...except that car didn't look as if it would break in half over the first bump.

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