There’s a New Speed Record for an Electric Car: 270 Mph, Japanese, and Possibly Prohibitively Expensive

  • An Aspark Owl prototype has set a new speed record for an electric car.

  • However, the Rimac Nevera still holds the title for the world’s fastest production electric car.

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In 2019, as we approached 2020, we had our eyes on the Aspark Owl, an electric hypercar from a Japanese brand that aimed to be the fastest electric vehicle in the world.

At that time, Aspark’s goal was to create an electric car that could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than two seconds, specifically in 1.69 seconds. The car was priced at more than three million euros, and the company promised to produce a maximum of 50 units.

However, in the last five years, the number of cars capable of accelerating in under two seconds, or coming very close to it, has increased. For instance, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 set a new record last year at 1.66 seconds for 0-60 mph, and it’s not even an electric car.

Aspark has claimed that its strategy has evolved in the last five years. It now asserts that it has achieved the desired record. As such, the Aspark Owl SP600 is being promoted as the fastest electric car in the world, surpassing the Rimac Nevera.

An Electric Car at More Than 270 Mph

In late 2022, the Rimac Nevera set a new top speed record for an electric car, reaching 256 mph. This broke the 250-mph barrier, a feat no electric car had achieved before. The closest competitor was the Pininfarina Battista, which reached 222 mph.

For now, the Nevera will now be known as the fastest electric car in reverse as Aspark claims that its SP600 electric car holds the title of the fastest electric car in the world. It’s a prototype destined for production, but we won’t see it in the streets anytime soon.

The Japanese company have recently shared that the car achieved a top speed of 272.6 mph on the test track in Papenburg, Germany. This achievement leaves Nevera’s record in the dust and was made possible by an improved drivetrain.

Aspark has released very little information about the electric car it hopes to bring into production soon. It’s just announced that the car’s power has been increased to 2,012 hp and that it has collaborated with Japanese manufacturing company Bridgestone to equip the electric hypercar with specific tires designed to achieve speeds of more than 260 mph.

It remains to be seen how many units the company expects to produce and at what price. Although the Aspark Oak has surpassed the Rimac Nevera in terms of power, the manufacturer still faces challenges in selling the world’s fastest production electric car.

Image | Aspark

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