A Japanese engineering enterprise, AIM, is on a mission to prove that lightweight and electric-powered cars can co-exist.
On Wednesday, AIM fully unveiled its EV Sport 01, an electric sports car concept that was initially presented in April. The design for this novel vehicle comes from the SN Design Platform, led by Shiro Nakamura, the ex-design head of Nissan, who is notable for crafting several remarkable Nissans and Infinitis, such as the existing R35 Nissan GT-R.
AIM’s EV Sport 01 has a power of 483 hp and weighs a mere 3,141 pounds. As a comparison, the Lotus Evija hypercar, considered one of the lightest electric cars in production, tips the scale at over 3,700 pounds.
The vehicle’s power stems from a dual-motor rear-wheel-drive system designed by AIM, with a lithium-ion battery of 81 kwh capacity supplying the necessary energy. The car’s architecture includes a carbon-fiber central tub, aluminum sub-frames, and double-wishbone suspensions both front and rear. Carbon-fiber composite materials are used in the bodywork to further minimize weight.
The vehicle’s small size also contributes to weight reduction. The EV Sport 01 is slightly more than 153 inches long and accommodates two passengers.
AIM, operating from Nagoya, has substantial expertise in powertrains and has even participated in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 5.5-liter V-10 prototype of their own design. The company’s team, Oreca Matmut AIM, achieved a commendable fourth place in the 2010 edition.
The company announced its plan to further develop the electric motors used in the EV Sport 01, known as the APM200 series, for other OEMs and potential production vehicles under AIM’s brand. The EV Sport 01 could be one of the first vehicles under the AIM brand, with the company currently examining the feasibility of a limited production run.
The EV Sport 01 is set to be showcased at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place in the U.K. from July 13-16.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AIM EV Sport 01
Who is the designer of AIM’s EV Sport 01?
The EV Sport 01 was designed by SN Design Platform, led by Shiro Nakamura, the former design head at Nissan who was responsible for several standout models including the current R35 Nissan GT-R.
What are the specifications of AIM’s EV Sport 01?
AIM’s EV Sport 01 packs 483 horsepower and weighs only 3,141 pounds. It uses a dual-motor rear-wheel-drive system, powered by an 81 kwh lithium-ion battery. The vehicle uses carbon-fiber composite materials in its construction to keep weight down, and it is designed to seat two passengers.
What’s special about the AIM EV Sport 01’s construction?
The EV Sport 01 has a carbon-fiber central tub, aluminum sub-frames, and double-wishbone suspension both at the front and the rear. The car’s body also utilizes carbon-fiber composite materials to help reduce weight.
Where is AIM based and what is its expertise?
AIM is based in Nagoya, Japan, and is an expert in powertrains. The company has previously competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with its own 5.5-liter V-10 prototype.
What is the future plan for the EV Sport 01?
AIM is currently developing the electric motors, known as the APM200 series, used in the EV Sport 01 for use by other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and potential production vehicles under the AIM brand. They are also conducting a feasibility study for the production of a limited run of the EV Sport 01.
Where and when will the EV Sport 01 be displayed?
The EV Sport 01 will be presented at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is scheduled to take place in the U.K. from July 13-16.
More about AIM EV Sport 01
- AIM EV Sport 01 Full Specifications
- SN Design Platform Portfolio
- The Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Nissan GT-R R35 Information
- History of AIM in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
- Information about Lotus Evija