How much does a couple of hundredths of a second cost? Somewhere in excess of US$4 million, it would seem, as this Japanese supercapacitor supercar fractionally out-accelerates an upcoming Tesla Roadster worth less than 1/20th the price.
As EV genius Luke Workman once told us, electric vehicles have virtually limitless performance potential. “Your tire to street interface is your performance limiter,” he said, and that’s the first thing that came to mind when we saw the Aspark Owl blast onto the scene.
The Owl is a spartan electric sports car from Japan, and using an enhanced tire-to-street interface, it’s just recorded a 1.89-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.
That’s a hundredth or two quicker than the purported 1.9-second 0-60 mph time on the upcoming Tesla Roadster, but to be fair, the Aspark team used hot race tires to get there.
The Owl itself looks like barely more than a drivetrain, a hastily assembled frame and a carbon fiber shell at the moment. And the test track where the feat was recorded wasn’t even a test track at all. The Aspark team appears to have done it in the parking lot of an industrial estate, in pretty cramped quarters.