Since Tesla unveiled the next-gen Roadster prototype, it created a new benchmark for other companies developing supercars. Rimac has reportedly changed its plans for its upcoming new vehicle after the Roadster was unveiled.
Now a small Japenese company has entered the race with its new all-electric hypercar.
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Aspark’s Owl, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, is not a normal hypercar.
The company claims that the all-electric machine is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 1.9 seconds or 0.2 seconds faster than Tesla’s new Roadster prototype, which is expected to hit the market in 2020.
By MotorTrend’s standard, the Owl is actually accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.6 seconds.
It’s not hard to believe with this new video of the vehicle circulating in the media over the last week:
That was an impressive launch – probably even more than the Tesla Roadster prototype spied doing runs on Fremont factory’s test track last week.
But aside from being powered by electricity and both having insane acceleration, the vehicles don’t have much in common beyond that.
Tesla plans to produce the new Roadster in the thousands while Aspark plans to only produce 50 Owls. The vehicle will also cost a whopping $4 million+, while Tesla is planning to start the next-gen Roadster at $200,000.
Either way, it’s always impressive to see how electric propulsion improves when it comes to acceleration. Whenever you think they are reaching the limit of what is possible, they seem to still have room to improve.
Will we ever see a production car achieving a 1.5 second 0 to 60 mph acceleration?