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Aspark Owl: Japan’s take on the all-electric hypercar at Frankfurt 2017

Published: 13 September 2017

► 0-62mph in under 2.0sec claim
► Very carbonfibre, much wow
► Aiming to be fastest EV in the world

The Aspark Owl might have the silliest name of all the supercars unveiled at Frankfurt 2017, but we'll all stop laughing if the performance claims turn out to be true.

Built from carbonfibre and powered by an all-electric drivetrain producing the equivalent of 1000bhp, its Japanese makers reckons the Owl will good for 0-62mph in under 2.0sec.

If that turns out to be true, that would make the Aspark the fastest accelerating road car of any kind.

Are there any actual technical details of the Aspark Owl?

A few.

The car has been in development since 2014, but Frankfurt represents its world debut - which is impressive in its own way, given what's clearly a limited development budget and the fact that it orginates in Japan.

Aspark Owl all-electric supercar at Frankfurt 2017 - rear

Inevitably, it's made largely from carbonfibre, with wonder-weave panels over a spaceframe chassis, plus super-light magnesium alloy wheels helping to get the acceleration ball rolling.

Four-wheel drive is surely on the cards, as there's no other way it could possibly gain enough traction with the torque from an electric drive system to achieve such outrageous sprint times.

It also stands just 39 inches tall - one less than the famously short-statured Ford GT40...

How realistic is the Aspark Owl really?

Well, it's possibly to make any car accelerate quickly given the appropriate gearing - and a 1000bhp electric drive is hardly likely to be slow in any case.

Aspark Owl all-electric supercar at Frankfurt 2017 - front

That amount of electric power is certainly feasible. Though whether it will be feasible alongside any kind of meaningful driving range remains to be seen.

One of our colleagues described the dramatic, if slightly generic, styling as like a 'Poundland Aston Martin Valkyrie'. Which seems a bit harsh, even if in the carbon the Aspark does look strangely unfinished.

We can confirm it does not appear to be able to turn its head all the way round.

Further details of the Aspark Owl’s production plans are due to be rolled out in the coming weeks. And its Frankfurt appearance would suggest there’s more to it than just vapourware.

Expect it to be a track-only plaything… if it happens.

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By Keith Adams

Devout classic Citroen enthusiast, walking car encyclopedia, and long-time contributor to CAR