This $3.2 million hypercar from a little-known Japanese company has become the fastest EV, hitting a top speed of 272.6 mph.

Aspark CEO Masanori Yoshida with the SP600. Image - Aspark


Remember the $3.2 million Aspark Owl that could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 1.7 seconds? The lesser-known Japanese brand behind the Owl has showcased a new all-electric prototype hypercar, which has set a new EV record. Meet the Aspark SP600, a new, improved version of the Owl developed and made in Italy by Manifattura Automobili Torino. The new electric hypercar managed to hit a top speed of 272.6 mph, crushing the Rimac Nevera’s record by 16.6 mph. The impressive feat was achieved at the 2.4-mile-long straight of the Papenburg proving grounds in Germany. It’s the same place where the Croatian hypercar set the previous top speed record in 2022 and 23 additional records the year after.

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German racing driver and Nurburgring 24h winner Marc Basseng was behind the wheel of the Aspark SP600 when it topped out at 272.6 mph, verified by a Racelogic V-Box device. Before the record-breaking run, the electric hypercar had hit 261.4 mph and 267.1 mph speeds, already breaking Nevera’s speed record. This also makes it faster than the 267.8mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Tesla’s long-delayed Roadster promises a top speed in excess of 250mph. While the specifications and other performance figures of the hypercar have not yet been revealed, it is described as a “production-intend prototype” by the Japanese company.

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The SP600 was equipped with bespoke Bridgestone Potenza Race tires and made explicitly for top-speed runs, which is evident from the lack of door mirrors. Aspark CEO Masanori Yoshida said, “It has been about 10 years since we started making the Owl Hypercar. We aimed for the world’s fastest acceleration car, and then attempted and achieved the top speed world record today. This technical capability inspires all involved to personal excellence and to challenge and grow in leaps and bounds into the future.” It will be interesting to see if the Japanese hypercar makes it to production.

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