Aspark Owl electric hypercar breaks the sub-2 second 0-60 barrier

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Feb 19, 2018
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  1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk late last year claimed the company’s second generation Roadster would be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds (the Model S P100D sedan was able to do so in 2.28 seconds last February).

    Many believed the Roadster was destined to be the first production vehicle to break the sub-2 second 0-60 barrier… and it still could be, but Tesla had better hurry up.

    The Aspark Owl, a street-legal hypercar out of Japan, recently managed to lay down a sub-2 second 0-60 time and has the video footage to prove it.

    As Jalopnik highlights, the Owl was able to accelerate to 60 mph in just 1.921 seconds in a recent test run. Granted, it did so on Hoosier racing tires (that aren’t legal on ordinary streets) and a burnout was conducted beforehand to heat the tires up and shed them of debris which is a standard practice. Nevertheless, a 1.921 second 0-60 is a 1.921 second 0-60 and that’s damn quick.

    A few tenths of a second quicker to 60 mph may not sound like much but at this level, any improvement is incredibly difficult to achieve.

    Aspark says it will continue to tweak its vehicle until the feat can be accomplished on street-legal rubber. You can hear the slicks struggling for grip in the test run; getting comparable grip on street-legal tires will be a challenge.

    The company is planning a small production run of 50 units soon with each priced around $4.4 million.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,996   +2,386

    Meh! This guy built a 1s 0-100km car 7 years ago. That's 1s flat!

    Nice race track they picked up for the test, b.t.w., between a petrol station and a ditch.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018
  3. Reachable

    Reachable TS Maniac Posts: 255   +115

    0-60-0 along the length of the back of a warehouse. Yikes!
  4. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 235   +59

    Yes talk about a safe place to test a super car
  5. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 648   +421

    Wow, launch me at a hillside at that rate and I'd **** my pants guaranteed.
    Progress is also being made on electric motorcycles. While I will miss the growl of the engine, I won't miss having the engine at like 10,000 rpm to get any torque, while apparently electric vehicles have 100% torque at all times making for incredible launches off the line and acceleration.
  6. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Booster Posts: 110   +52

    A proto-prototype?
  7. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Addict Posts: 198   +118

    An Electric car with enough traction could probably go from 0 - 100 in 4 seconds.

    But from the looks of this, it ain't street legal.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,849   +1,393

    Who needs this kind of thing on the street?

    It would be interesting to know how much power is consumed during a run like this.
  9. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 85   +61

    Didn't take the time to read the article?

    "The Aspark Owl, a street-legal hypercar out of Japan, recently managed to lay down a sub-2 second 0-60 time and has the video footage to prove it."
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,073   +1,341

    But the article is about PRODUCTION, street legal cars
  11. JackTheBear

    JackTheBear TS Rookie Posts: 19   +13

    He said 0 to 100 in 4s. The last 40 mph is tougher than the first 60.
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,996   +2,386

    They are both road-legal, and both are once-off. That contraption will never see the production, it will only make it as far as the next ditch. Their original race track is the testament to that end.
  13. joe1946

    joe1946 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    $4.4 Million vs $200,000 for the Tesla Roadster that does 0-60 in 1.9 sec with street tires.
  14. MUMMZ

    MUMMZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +8

    If hyper - loops were a thing...would there be more space on our current road systems to test the speeds of these hyper cars?

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