Latest ridiculous electric hypercar sets new speed records for quarter-mile and eight-mile times
The Owl from Japan-based Aspark has 1,985 horsepower and reaches 60 mph in 1.72 seconds
The new electric hypercar set two new records for quarter-mile and eight-mile speeds
50 units will be built at a starting price of £2.5million
Introduced back in 2017, the Aspark Owl is back in the news after setting two new world records for top speed in quarter-mile and eight-mile runs. The hypercar, which took six years to develop, can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 1.72 seconds and has a top speed of 260 mph or 418 km/h, making it one of the fastest electric production cars in the world.
The new hypercar recently set two new world records for speed, reaching 309.02 km/h (192.02 mph) over an eight of a mile, and 318.85 km/h over the quarter-mile (198.12 mph).
The record-setting acceleration time was achieved at a Straightliners event at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire and confirmed by the UK Timing Association. The Owl’s capabilities were also tested at the Misano World Circuit where it completed the 0-60 mph (97 km/h) sprint in the claimed 1.72 seconds.
Aspark has gone to great lengths to make The Owl a standout vehicle. The model is equipped with four electric motors producing 1,985 horsepower and an insane 1,475 pound-feet of torque, nearly double the power of a Formula 1 car. The vehicle also boasts a range of about 250 miles (402 kilometres) and takes 40 minutes to charge its 64-kWh battery.
As you would expect, the Owl comes with a hefty price tag – £2.5million to buy one of the initial run of 50 vehicles. Aspark started selling the Owl to customers with deep pockets in 2020, and its first appearance in Europe was at Salon Privé earlier this year.
Aspark was founded in 2015 and has more than 3,500 employees along with 25 offices worldwide. However, it is their recent foray into electric ultra-performance vehicles that has garnered international attention.
While the Owl holds the top-speed title in the quarter- and eight-mile runs, it is not the world’s quickest electric production car over the quarter mile. That title belongs to the Rimac, which completed the quarter mile in just 8.582 seconds. The Rimac also holds the world record for the highest top speed reached by an electric car, at 258 mph. The Owl could in theory beat the Rimac’s top speed, but the posted numbers from Aspark have yet to be verified.