You might remember the Aspark Owl electric hypercar from its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Development is still underway on the Japanese-built machine, and the company now says that an attempt at the Nürburgring record could be under consideration.
Gallery: Aspark Owl
"[The] Aspark Owl performances are allowing us to aim [for] the Nürburgring record," a company spokesperson told Top Gear. The automaker's representative also said that a hardcore racing version was possible if there was enough demand.
Aspark's testing already shows that the Owl is capable of reaching 62 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. The company's official specs show the hypercar being able to reach 174 mph, but the range would be just 93 miles. According to the brochure on Aspark's site, the Owl has 429 bhp and 564 pound-feet of torque. However, Top Gear indicates that development since announcing those specs pushes the output to 1,150 bhp.
The hypercar features an ultra low-slung body. The entire body is carbon fibre, and there's a tubular frame underneath for minimising weight. Aspark says that the machine is only 850 kilograms.
At a price of 3.1 million euros (£2.7 million) and production of just 50 units, the Owl will be a very rare machine, and the company will deliver the first one in 2020.
Among factory-available, road-legal production cars, the current record holder at the Nordschleife is the Aventador SVJ with a time of 6:44.97, although the Lanzante Motorsport McLaren P1 LM is even quicker at 6:43.2. The existing champion among EVs is the Nio EP9's 6:45.90.