Aspark Owl Quicker Than A Tesla Roadster? 0 to 62 MPH In 1.9 Seconds

FEB 19 2018 BY ANTHONY ALANIZ 9

On slicks, maybe. But on road tires the Tesla Roadster likely still reigns supreme.

It was just last year when Aspark unveiled the Owl at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s an electric supercar from Japan that packs some serious performance and technology. The video, from Gigazine on YouTube, shows the Owl hitting 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 1.9 seconds. That’s quicker than what Tesla is claiming for the new Roadster, which Tesla says hits 60 mph (96 kph) in 1.9 seconds. The speed run begins at the 1:06 mark in the video above with verification of the car’s performance at the 3:17 mark.

Aspark Owl

All that speed is made possible thanks to the Owl’s all-carbon bodywork. The powertrain is all electric. The car is also aerodynamic, measuring just 39 inches high. The only difference with this Owl and one you could buy is this car was fitted with slicks, which were heated for the run. The automaker wants to repeat the run with road tires in hopes of achieving the same time.

The powertrain makes a modest amount of claimed power – 430 horsepower and 563 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to all four wheels. All that carbon keeps the weight under 1,900 pounds (862 kilograms).

While the Aspark Owl is ever so slightly faster than the proposed Tesla Roadster, there is a significant price disparity. Aspark plans to build just 50 Owl supercars with each starting at €3.5 million (approximately $4.4 million). The Tesla Roadster is supposed to start at $200,000 while a limited-edition Founders Series is $250,000. Neither are exactly affordable, but the Tesla is immensely more affordable than the Owl.

The acceleration is mind-blowing. With all-electric and electric-assisted powertrains gaining popularity, performance will also increase. Right now, you may not be able to afford a quarter-million-dollar two-seat supercar, or a $4.4-million hypercar, this technology will slowly trickle down to your four-seat family hauler. Granted, it will probably aim for efficiency over performance.

Source: Gigazine via Drivemag.com

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9 Comments on "Aspark Owl Quicker Than A Tesla Roadster? 0 to 62 MPH In 1.9 Seconds"

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Mil

And that the Tesla Roadster 2.0 base model will do 1.9 seconds. Elon said there will be versions that will do it faster than that.

Lamata

I haven’t seen it move on it’s power yet, I see a bunch of guys Pushing It everywhere. ..I wonder if they all Bare Down & PUSH It 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds …lmao

Curious George

That spreadsheet is odd. The first column appears to be meters/sec which is multiplied by 3.6 to get km/h in the third column.

However, notice that on the page displayed the meters/sec and the time are both incrementing by an identical 1/1000 for every entry.

Yet the time is only at 1921 thousandths while the velocity is at 15200 thousandths.

Which suggests that either the car was accelerating much faster earlier or the numbers are fudged.

Since cars tend to accelerate more slowly from the start I am skeptical that just displaying a spreadsheet is any way to verify a speed record.

The other odd thing, who does a 0 to 60+ to 0 speed test behind a building that has a pretty short section of paved road that ends at a hill?

J P DeCaen

Some very good points! Also, what is the range of this car? For over 4 million, you’d expect it to be pretty good. Unfortunately, I think a bunch of hypercar builders are going to be looking for other product ideas if and when the new Roadster is produced. Maybe they can get together and ask SpaceX what kind of tech will be needed to colonize Mars, so that their ingenuity and drive does not go to waste. Electric planes and bionics are also growing fields. Pursuit of further auto performance gains are rather superfluous.

Curious George

Building a fast EV isn’t that difficult, the White Zombie has a faster 0-60 time (genuine) and is built out of a 1972 Datsun 1200 body and probably cost < $10k for the parts.

ffbj

Right, and then there was a corvette that goes over 200 mph. It seems a bit silly as no one will ever use that speed except on a track, but humans push the limits.

Windbourne

Range?
Ability to charge?
And Tesla promises 1.9 MAX.
They can still go lower.

Mark.ca

If they plan to sell this they need to bring the design down to earth a bit, this looks too much like a race car. Not a fan of it.

Dave R

Why would they be doing this kind of testing on a short parking lot with no-run-off and a concrete building on one side and a ditch/mountain on the other.

Also note that the car has racing slicks – the Tesla was on street tires. I bet the Tesla would go even faster with slicks.