The Aspark Owl concept first broke cover in 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and aimed to be the fastest accelerating fully-electric hypercar in the world. It is of Japanese origin but built in Italy by Manifattura Automobili Torino and was recently shown in final production form at the 2019 Dubai Motor Show.
It may have a slightly comical name but there’s nothing comical about what the company says it can do. For starters, it produces 1,480kW and 2,000Nm of torque from four motors which propels the mostly-carbon fibre EV to 60mph (96km/h), in just 1.69 seconds (no 0-100km/h times were quoted), the top speed is said to be 400 km/h. Those are some serious numbers.
Feeding those immensely powerful motors is a centrally-mounted 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It can be charged in just 80 minutes when plugged into a 44kW charger giving the EV hypercar a range of 450km on the NEDC cycle. The brand is saying that they are working toward increasing the charge rate.
The Battery Monitoring System continuously controls the charge level of each cell and prevents it from overcharging, over-discharging, overheating and more, said the company.
The Owl is made from a combination of CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) and stainless steel. The monocoque structure and body is constructed from the former while the latter is used under the carbon roof, thus providing extra strength in the event of a roll over.
The concept revealed in 2017 showed the Owl to have a huge fixed rear wing while the production version features an active spoiler that raises up at 150km/h. Other changes include side mirrors with cameras, functional side windows, and a host of modifications help it meet performance targets and homologation standards.
“It was a big challenge to meet the aggressive targets of the Owl, but with the 14 years of automotive engineering know-how and with great support from our Japanese and Italian collaborators, we overcame all. “said Aspark CEO Masanori Yoshida.
Only 50 examples of this electrified insanity are due to be built with customer deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. Each unit comes with a base price of Euro 2.9 million (or AU$4.71 million when converted at press time).
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