The Aim EV Sport 01 is a beautiful rear-drive electric coupe that claims to have 483 hp despite weighing only 3150 pounds, making it one of the most intriguing debuts at next week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was developed by a Japanese motorsport engineering firm, and we’ve been told that there are tentative plans to mass produce it.
But before we get into that, can you guess where the brains behind the EV Sport 01 previously worked? Please take a few moments to view the images before we reveal the plot twist.
Now if you were thinking of Nissan’s sports cars, give yourself a pat on the back. Shiro Nakamura, head of Nissan’s global styling from 1999 to 2017, designed the EV Sport 01. During that time, he oversaw the creation of a wide range of vehicles, including the Cube, the Murano, the Juke, and—perhaps most significantly—the R35 generation of the GT-R sports car. After leaving Nissan in 2017, Nakamura founded his own company, of which the EV Sport 01 is a product.
Instead of using the vehicle as a showcase for Aim’s engineering skills, the company is now looking into the possibility of producing a small number of units. We have no idea where in the world they might go on sale.
Aim was established in 1998, and the company has since worked on various projects, such as an endurance racing V-10 engine. At the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours, the LMP1 Oreca 01 used one to place fourth overall.
The EV Sport 01 is a demonstration of Aim’s commitment to an all-electric future, a goal shared by many other companies. It has a carbon fiber central tub, front-hinged doors, and an aluminum frame. The EV Sport 01 is only 153 inches long, making it slightly shorter than a Mazda Miata, but its 81.0 kWh of battery capacity is spread across four packs. The vehicle’s rear wheels are driven by their own motors, enabling torque vectoring. No data on its performance has been released yet, but given its power and mass, it’s likely to be very effective.
CEO Yukinori Suzuki will demonstrate the capabilities of Aim’s latest offering on the 1.16-mile Hill route at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 13-16. Soon, we should have news about our production plans to share with you.
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