It takes something special to turn heads at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Japanese built, Aspark Owl, is special.
Little known Japanese motorsport component manufacturer Ikeya Formula have partnered with tech entrepreneur Masamichi Yoshida to create what claims to be the world's fastest accelerating electric car. As is reported in AutoExpress, this means that the Aspark Owl prototype will have to beat the current record of 2.5 seconds currently held by the Rimac Concept One (and probably Tesla too one day soon who have suggested that the new Tesla Roadster could be sub two seconds quick - check it out).
Regardless, like Tesla, this is all speculation until it is proven and whether or not 0-100km/h will be two seconds flat as claimed by the Owl, or even sub that, remains to be seen.
But, it's not anything technical that attracts all the attention though - it's the skin of the thing. Traditionally, you wouldn't think of a round faced owl as inspiration for a hypercar, but this machine seems to prove that hawks and eagles are not the only cool bird worth emulating, and the owl-like eyes of the Aspark are striking. The whole thing is striking as it sits 9cm above the tar, which will make it road legal when it is eventually finished. All-in-all it stands 99cm tall, which makes it a ludicrous three-rulers low. Three!
That's not the last of the crazy numbers though. Claims suggest that customers - you know, those super elite hoarders of super fast and pretty machines - are prepared to pay as much as R35 million for the Owl, which is Mercedes-AMG Project One sort of territory. This however, from a car brand nobody really knows is quite a statement and only magnifies the enigma of it.
We've pasted a video here for you of the Aspark Owl in motion, still without any bodywork though. If this prototype is anything to go by, perhaps R35 million is not so silly after all, and perhaps it illuminates the fact that we don't need a German giant like Mercedes-AMG to make extraordinary vehicles - and we certainly, unlike Mercedes-AMG, don't need combustion to make them even better.
Check it out!