July 14, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

The SP600 prototype from Aspark achieves world record speed for electric vehicles

Japanese car manufacturer Aspark gained attention with the all-electric Owl, aiming to be the fastest-accelerating electric car in the world. Although it was surpassed by the McMurtry Speirling in terms of acceleration times, Aspark recently set a new record with an electric hypercar prototype.

The Aspark SP600 is the outcome of a collaboration between Aspark, Manifattura Automobili Torino, and Bridgestone. It achieved a top speed of 438.7 kph, or approximately 273 mph, on the test track at Automotive Testing Papenburg. To handle the extreme forces at such high speeds, Bridgestone developed a custom Potenza Race tire for the SP600.

Prior to the speed trial, extensive virtual and physical testing was conducted on the SP600. Utilizing wind tunnel tests and advanced computer design techniques, the team optimized the car for maximum speed. Additionally, a bespoke battery unit was created for the vehicle. On June 8, with Nurburgring 24 Hour winner Marc Basseng at the helm, the SP600 successfully reached its top speed, validated by a Racelogic V-Box and precision GPS.

CEO of Aspark, Masanori Yoshida, stated, “It has been about 10 years since we started making the Owl Hypercar. We aspired to create the world’s fastest accelerating car, and today we have set a new world record for top speed. This technical achievement motivates everyone involved to strive for excellence and continue pushing boundaries in the future.”

It is important to emphasize that the SP600 is a prototype and not a production vehicle. However, since all 50 units of the Owl have already been sold, it is plausible that the prototype will lead to a new road-legal electric hypercar. If it does go into production, the SP600 is expected to surpass the $3 million price tag of the Owl.

 

 

 

 

FAQ

Q: Is the SP600 available for purchase?
A: The SP600 is currently a prototype and not available for purchase. However, it may lead to the development of a production model in the future.

Q: What is the top speed of the Aspark SP600?
A: The Aspark SP600 achieved a top speed of 438.7 kph, or around 273 mph, during testing.

 

Conclusion

The Aspark SP600 prototype has set a new record for top speed, showcasing the technical capabilities of the collaboration between Aspark, Manifattura Automobili Torino, and Bridgestone. While not yet available for purchase, the success of the SP600 hints at the potential for a future road-legal electric hypercar from Aspark.

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